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Name: Andrew McMahon  
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Date of Birth: 3rd September 1982
Place of Birth: Dana Point, California
Profession: Singer
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Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon (born September 3, 1982) is a Maverick recording singer/songwriter under the pseudonym Jack's Mannequin. He is also the vocalist, pianist and main songwriter for the Geffen/Drive-Thru Records band Something Corporate.


Andrew Ross McMahon was born on September 3, 1982 in Dana Point, California and has been playing the piano since he was eight years old. He started his first band Left Here with his high school friends and future Something Corporate bandmates Kevin Page on bass and Brian Ireland on drums in 1997. Even though they won a local battle of the bands competition, they soon broke up. McMahon went on to record the self-released eponymous four-track demo CD Andrew McMahon with the aid of several friends of his, including guitarist Josh Partington, whom he had met his sophomore year in high school. Joined by rhythm guitarist Reuben Hernandez (who was later replaced by William Tell), the quintet formed the piano rock band Something Corporate in 1998.

Fronted by McMahon, Something Corporate recorded their self-released ten-song demo album Ready... Break in 2000, which led to a record deal with the indie record label Drive-Thru Records. Drive-Thru released the band's nationwide distributed debut EP Audioboxer the following year. McMahon's vocals, songwriting abilities and especially the incorporation of the piano earned the CD rave reviews and caught the attention of Drive-Thru's distributor MCA (now Geffen). Due to the labels' distribution deal, MCA was able to sign over Something Corporate and released their major label debut Leaving through the Window in May 2002. The album was yet another example of McMahon's talent for writing melodic piano-driven rock songs. The band promoted the album by playing concerts across the United States (including the main stage at Vans Warped Tour) and supporting New Found Glory (whose vocalist Jordan Pundik used to be McMahon's roommate) on their European tour. Something Corporate released their second full-length album (and last one as of 2005) North in late 2003 and toured with such bands as 311, Good Charlotte and Yellowcard in support of it.

The initial impulse behind McMahon's solo project Jack's Mannequin was "Locked Doors", a song he recorded in December 2003, which he felt was too different from previous Something Corporate material to be one of their songs. He realized that, if he would ever decide to release it, it would be on a solo album rather than a Something Corporate record. The idea seemed to be off the table, until in late summer 2004 both McMahon and his bandmates were exhausted from months of touring. They decided to take a temporary break. During his time off, McMahon laid down piano and vocal tracks for a song on Hidden in Plain View's Life in Dreaming and two songs on Tommy Lee's Tommyland: The Ride.

While Something Corporate's other songwriter and lead guitarist Partington created a side project of his own called Firescape, McMahon started writing songs, knowing they will not see the light of day as Something Corporate songs. These songs were a more therapeutic approach McMahon took, and therefore a more personal and intimate testament of his songwriting. They dealt with "coming home, and having home be way different than I had remembered it [...], abandoning a lot of people, and things, that I had normally been so attached to [...], exploring and being okay with myself, and not having to make excuses for who I am, and accepting who I am", McMahon stated in an interview.

Over the next couple of months, McMahon began recording the newly written songs with producer Jim Wirt, who would play guitar and bass over sampled drum tracks, while McMahon contributed vocals and piano. They later brought in additional musicians such as Bobby Anderson (formerly of River City High) and Tommy Lee to add to the mix. The project's name, Jack's Mannequin, originated from one of McMahon's songs called "Dear Jack", which was written about a friend of his with childhood leukemia, but ultimately did not make the album's final cut. In March 2005, Jack's Mannequin (now consisting of McMahon, Jon Sullivan on bass, Anderson and Jacques Brautbar on guitar and Jay McMillan on drums) played their first live show at Molly Malone's irish pub in Los Angeles, California.

AbsolutePunk's orange "I Will Fight" silicone charity wristband

On June 1, 2005 (a good two months before the release of Jack's Mannequin's debut album Everything in Transit), a major setback forced McMahon to cancel all of his upcoming concerts. After a medical examination in connection with a relentless case of laryngitis, McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since the illness was diagnosed in its early stages, McMahon's doctors had high hopes that he will fully recover. In the wake of this, many fans started projects to raise money for leukemia awareness. Most notably, the music website had orange wristbands specially made, reading "I Will Fight" (a line from a song only available on the British version of Something Corporate's North, "Watch The Sky", which McMahon claims to be his favorite song he ever wrote). Over 3,500 bands have been sold so far. All the proceeds are donated to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

On August 23, 2005, the very day McMahon received a bone marrow transplant, Everything in Transit was released on Maverick Records. The CD debuted at #37 of the Billboard 200 with over 22,000 copies scanned.


  • Andrew McMahon (1999, solo demo CD)
  • Everything in Transit (2005, as Jack's Mannequin)

See also: Something Corporate's discography

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