Andy Penkow is an award-winning Alternative Country Americana Rock and Blues Singer-Songwriter with a unique sound, chocolate smooth but powerful voice, steeped in honesty. Born in Sydney Australia and grew up on the South Coast of NSW.
Studying music at JMC Academy in Sydney, Andy completed an advanced diploma in popular music and performance.
He was a member of the SBS Choir and a regular member of the southern school's regional performing ensemble.
In 2001 he appeared on the Australian Television show Pop Stars making it to the top 20.
Andy’s debut album Sad Love Songs was recorded & mixed by Rod Motbey at Tracking Dog Studios
Shellharbour, Australia, mastered by Steve Corrao at 'Sage Audio Nashville, TN and was released in December 2018.
His debut single Drowning in the Whiskey released early 2019 and was embraced by the Australian country music scene peaking at #10 on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart and reaching a respectable #20 in Tasmania.
Drowning in the Whiskey also debuted at number 2 on the Oz Country Down-under charts and spent 7 weeks in the charts.
Andy released a second single Sad Love Songs to coincide with the 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival Sad Love Songs debuted at #6 on the Oz Country Down-under charts.
The third single Keep us Apart Entered the Tasmanian charts at #28
Most recently Andy has been working with Australian Country Music Royalty, co-writing with multiple Golden Guitar winning artist Lyn Bowtell, also mentoring with Golden Guitar winning duo Carter and Carter. Andy has also been working closely with ARIA Charting artist Aly Cook and Key 2 Artists.
Andy's EP "Chasing the Sun" was produced by ARIA and Golden Guitar winning producer and artist Shane Nicholson, The ep was a great success for Andy having 3 singles charting. The first single “Chasing the Sun” peaked at #12 on the Australian country radio airplay charts and #15 on the official Tasmanian top 40 charts. Chasing the Sun was also the #1 song requested on the Australian songwriter's show of June 2020. Wildflowers debuted at #8 on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart and #5 on the regional AMRAP charts.
The EP was released on the 27th of July 2020 and entered the official Country album iTunes Charts at #5 and all genres at #50. The second single wildflower's was picked up by CMT Australia and Kix Fm. The Biggest Hearts can Break debuted at #26 on the top 40 Australian Airplay Charts and #23 on the Tasmanian official top 40 charts, Also number 8 on the country thunder network top 20, picked up by ABC country radio. featured on Ian McNamaras show on the ABC Macca all over Australia.
Andy has been playing gigs around Australia. Featured at several events Including The Tamworth Country Music Festival performing on the Toyota fan zone stage, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth Service Club, and Bowling Club to name a few.
He is also a member of the Tamworth song-writers association, Country Music Association of Australia and MacArthur Country Music Club.
Andy was nominated for the 2020 APRA AMCOS TSA -NEW SONGWRITER of the YEAR AWARD.
Drowning in the Whisky won the 2019 Purple Guitar Award awarded by Kaz Johnson for best whiskey song.
Andy is a finalist in the 2021 Independent Country Music Association Awards Nominated for Male artist of the year, and music video of the year for “Sad Love Songs”. Andy has been shortlisted for country song of the year at the 2021 Australian songwriter awards.
Andy's Love of country Americana music started from listening to his parent's record collection which included Neil Young, Alan Jackson, and Kasey Chambers.
Influenced by Sam Out-law, Ryan Adams, Honey Honey, Rodriguez, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, and loves American southern country music.
Andy has also worked as an actor, Andy has appeared in television movies. These included; the Three Stooges a Mel Gibson production (2000), Deck Dog's a Tony Hork movie (2005), Foxtel advertisement (2009), Deadly Woman series 11 (2017), NSW transport advertisement (2017),
Dynamix advertisement (2017), Telstra advertisement (2017) and Sunday night 7 Network (2017)
Sad Love Songs
Pete Drummond Drums
Luke Moller Fiddle & Mandolin
Michel Rose Steel Guitar
Stefan Nowak Hammond Organ & Piano
Rod Motbey Bass, Guitars, Banjo, Keys & Backing Vocals
Recorded & Mixed by Rod Motbey at 'Tracking Dog Studios' Shellharbour, Australia.
Mastered by Steve Corrao at 'Sage Audio' Nashville, TN.
Chasing the Sun Ep
Jy-Perry Banks on Steel Guitar
Ail Foster on Drums
Recorded & Mixed by Shane Nicholson
Mastered by Jeff McCormack
Available on all streaming platforms
27th July 2020 Offical country Album itunes charts