Andy Rosen was born in Cleveland to Theresa Anne Blumberg and Cleveland Indian’s slugger, Al Rosen on February 1st, 1957. He had a fascination with his grandparent’s player piano, down in Dothan, Alabama, where his mom grew up. This led to his grandparents buying him a piano for himself to play back East in Cleveland. Lessons ensued, but Andy was incorrigible, leading to at least one Jazz pianist’s nervous breakdown.
Andy’s music talent was evident early on in elementary school as his music teachers would have him play a pop tune for the class as a reward if the class behaved. Everything seemed to be moving along nicely until his mom became overwhelmed by depression and took her own life. Fortunately, Andy’s father kept it together as a single parent, and raised his three boys on his own.”I got deep into my music at that time, I was thirteen and not on the baseball team,” Andy recalls.
His dad remarried, and after a bad business venture, moved the new family, all like the Brady Bunch, out to Las Vegas on his Veterans Relocation option. He worked at Caesars Palace as an executive, which led to Andy working as a busboy in the casino’s 24 hour coffee shop restaurant.
Andy played in a couple of local bands in Vegas and went to Reno for college where he picked up boxing. “I would have fought Sugar Ray Leonard in the Olympic Trials had I not busted my knee skiing the week before” recounts the singer. “We met at the trials and he told me to put down the crutches, because he didn’t want anybody saying they could have come back and beaten him.” Not wanting to push his luck, Rosen didn’t say a word, and decided then that music was his real life’s passion.
After their time in Nevada, Andy’s family moved back to East to New York where his father took the job of running the Yankees. He took them from the basement to the world series, and Andy still has a ‘77 World Series ring that his dad gave him.
Soon after moving to NY, Andy got a job and a place to live at the Power Station Recording Studio where he was exposed to Rock n Roll Royalty and loving every minute of it. From his relationships he formed in the studio, he played in a handful of bands, most notably as band leader with legendary songwriter, and hall of famer, Otis Blackwell.
From there, Andy played in front of classes in NYC’s most prestigious dance schools like Martha Graham and Juilliard. Soon after, Andy got one of his big breaks and got signed to Interscope Records, and then to Ruffhouse, where he took on the moniker Goat. One of his first songs, "Great Life", had commercial success landing in a movie and a car commercial as major licensing deals.
Goat pressed on with several more Indie Label releases, including a Jazz record with some of the Dizzy Gillespie’s crew, and.continued a solid run of music placements for television and film.
Says Goat about his band, “I have a terrific trio in Danton Boller on bass and David Berger on drums. They recorded this record with me and all three of us love to emote and improvise when we perform and look to tour as much as possible.”
Look out for Yesterday’s Tears later this Summer and a tour announcement to follow soon.