(born Andrew S. Pratt
) is an American rock music singer-songwriter
. In the 1970s, he made a number of experimental records that were appreciated by small audiences, and scored a commercial hit with "Avenging Annie
After words of praise from Rolling Stone
magazine ("By reviving the dream of rock as an art and then re-inventing it, Pratt has forever changed the face of rock"), he tried a more commercial approach. Having converted to Christianity
and settled in the Netherlands
in 1987, he continued to make records and perform at big Christian pop music festivals.
Pratt returned to Boston after an absence of 13 years in 2004. The continually-prolific Pratt has been trying to make a comeback with a new band as well as solo appearances at regional festivals (such as South By Southwest
in 2006). Despite his reputation as a one-hit wonder of the 1970s, Pratt has released twenty studio albums as of mid-2006.
The great-grandson of oil magnate Charles Pratt
, who founded Pratt Institute
, Andy was the son of Edwin H. Baker Pratt
, headmaster of exclusive Cambridge, Massachusetts
day school Browne & Nichols School (now Buckingham Browne & Nichols
), which he attended as well. Later, attending boarding school, he tried to make life more bearable by joining various school bands.
Inspired by The Ventures
, he played guitar or bass guitar in Bogus Chimes, Zinias, and Vagabonds. Pratt attended Harvard College
and was... Read More