About Andy Childs...
Born in the musically-rich city of Memphis, Tennessee, Andy Childs began performing professionally at a local amusement park while he was still in high school. After studying music business at the University of Memphis, Childs spent several years touring and song-writing, eventually landing a recording contract with RCA Records in Nashville. Andy recorded two albums for RCA, highlighted by guest appearances from Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles on background vocals, and Mac MacAnally, who added guitar and vocals to Andy's version of Mac’s classic song 'Simple Life'. Three singles managed chart success, and the accompanying music videos received frequent airplay on CMT, TNN, GAC, MUCH Music (Canada), and CMT Europe. The video for 'Simple Life' reached the #1 spot on Billboard's country music video chart. Promotional touring took Andy on the road opening for Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, and many other top country stars of the time. After three years with RCA, Andy Childs signed on as a staff songwriter for EMI Music, and then Windswept Music. With four other veteran musicians, Andy formed the band ‘Sixwire’, and the guys were immediately signed to Warner Brothers Records. Sixwire’s Warner release debuted in the Top 30, and featured two hit singles and music videos. After a couple of years touring with Lonestar, SheDaisy, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, and many others, Sixwire ventured into television work.
After a stint as house-band on USA Network's NASHVILLE STAR, the members of Sixwire temporarily moved to Los Angeles to appear on American Idol's new show THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND, which aired on FOX television. Upon returning to Nashville, the guys served as house band on CMT's CAN YOU DUET for two seasons, followed by CMT's NEXT SUPERSTAR. A call from Lion’s Gate Entertainment landed Andy and the band on ABC's dramatic series NASHVILLE, performing behind lead character 'Rayna Jaymes', played by actress Connie Britton. Sixwire appeared regularly in all six seasons of the show’s run.
As a songwriter, Andy co-wrote most of the songs on Sixwire’s Warner Brothers album, and has had songs recorded by country artists Chris Cagle, Blackhawk, Canadian Juno Award-winner George Canyon, International pop star Cliff Richard and many other artists in the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2018, Andy Childs produced a remix album for Sony of Elvis Presley’s Gospel classics, featuring alternate studio vocal takes from Presley’s early recordings set to new instrumentation and arrangements. The album featured guest appearances by Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie, Darlene Love, Cissy Houston, The Imperials, and the Stamps Quartet, and debuted at the top of the Gospel music chart.
Sixwire with Andy Childs has been featured entertainment at the DAYTONA 500, the BOB HOPE CLASSIC, the NHL ALL-STAR GAME, SUPER BOWL 51, SUPER BOWL 54, and has served as house band for the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam and the Academy Of Country Music Awards All-Star Jam. Most recently, Sixwire was the first-ever featured “House Band” for the 2019 NFL Draft, which was held in Nashville and seen on ESPN.
Sixwire is involved in many charity events throughout the year, most notably a series of events benefiting St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for which Sixwire’s efforts have raised nearly $20 Million over the past 10 years. Sixwire also serves as House Band for Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding in Phoenix each year, benefitting the Solid Rock Foundation, and Scott Hamilton’s cancer research charity event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.