British multi-instrumentalist Andy Burrows began his career as the drummer for Razorlight, having replaced the band's original percussionist, Christian Smith-Pancorvo, in 2004.
Razorlight had already recorded their debut album, Up All Night, by the time Burrows joined the group. Unlike most drummers, however, Burrows was also a skilled songwriter, and his contributions to Razorlight's two subsequent albums helped shape the band's sound. He later used those songwriting skills to launch a solo career. A second Razorlight album arrived in summer 2006 and went multi-platinum in Europe, thanks in part to a chart-topping single, "America," penned by Burrows himself. Burrows also wrote songs for a bedroom solo project and used his free time to record the material, playing all the instruments and basing the songs around a book of poetry by an old family friend. The resulting album, Colour of My Dreams, was released by Razorlight's label, Mercury Records, in 2008. One year later, he left Razorlight's lineup and joined We Are Scientists instead. His solo projects continued, though, and he unveiled his latest band -- the quirky pop outfit I Am Arrows -- in 2010. ~ Steve Leggett & Andrew Leahey, Rovi