5 Questions With ... Jack's Mannequin

Singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon discusses new music from Jack's Mannequin, the Dear Jack Foundation, and more
  • Jack's Mannequin's Andrew McMahon
October 14, 2011 -- 12:44 pm PDT

On Aug. 26 singer/songwriter and pianist Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin was the featured guest for The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series during an installment of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck program. Held at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, Tenn., McMahon discussed Jack's Mannequin's new album, People And Things, advice for aspiring artists, key factors for success, and the Dear Jack Foundation, among other topics. During the program, McMahon performed a brief set, including "Amy, I," a track from People And Things.

"I think the key factor to success in this business is to wake up and put on boxing gloves everyday and fight for it," said McMahon. "You've got to be tough to survive this business. There's a perception that what we do is easy because it's so fun, and it is. But it requires a level of determination that you, to some extent, need to be born with or nurtured into having. It's a hard business."

Jack's Mannequin is the project of former Something Corporate frontman McMahon. Jack Mannequin's debut album, 2005's Everything In Transit, featured Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200. That same year McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia and underwent a successful bone marrow transplant from his sister, a procedure that inspired McMahon to write "There, There Katie," a track that appeared on The Dear Jack EP in 2009. In 2008 Jack's Mannequin released their sophomore effort, The Glass Passenger, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and was named one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2008 by Alternative Press magazine.

Released Oct. 4, People And Things was produced by three-time GRAMMY winner Rob Cavallo and features guest vocals from Brandi Carlile. The album debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Aside from music, McMahon founded the Dear Jack Foundation in 2006. The foundation's mission is to be a "leader in raising awareness and supporting organizations and charities with the greatest need and highest potential for impact on young adult cancer patients." Jack's Mannequin is on tour in Canada and the United States through November.

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