RUNAGROUND (born Andrew Kirk, in High Point, NC) is an American electropop, artist, producer, and singer-songwriter.
RUNAGROUND became popular on YouTube in 2012 with his self-produced music video covers of chart topping songs such as "Wake Me Up", Avicii, "La La La" – Sam Smith / Naughty Boy, and many others, which generated over 40 million views. RUNAGROUND has accumulated a combined subscriber fan base of over 800k thousand dedicated listeners across YouTube and Google Plus alone, which have resulted in more than100 million combined plays online, and over 100 thousand units sold independently.
The RUNAGROUND stage name and moniker is derived from a story that Andrew's grandfather Frank experienced and retold about his navy ship, the LCI-G-580, running aground off the coast of the Philippines during WWII, just before entering what would later be recognized as the bloodiest battle in Naval history, the "Battle of Leyte Gulf.”
On June 30, 2014 RUNAGROUND released its first original EP "Anti-Gravity" (titled after and inspired by life events and trials of famed inventor Nikola Tesla) which peaked at #23 on the iTunes songwriter album chart, and held its position above the likes of Ed Sheeran and other chart topping artists, for over a week.
In 2015 Andrew collaborated with, produced, and co-wrote, original music & cover videos for some of the most popular emerging youtube based talent in the world, such as Madilyn Bailey, Alexi Blue, Taryn Southern, and Ebony Day.
On July 5, 2015, RUNAGROUND performed his original song "We Are One" live at the Dalai Lama's Global Compassion Summit, held at a sold out Honda Center Arena in Anaheim, CA, along side His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, Michael Franti, and many other celebrity guests and speakers. RUNAGROUND was commission to write and produce an original song to commemorate the Dalai Lama's lifelong quest for peace and compassion throughout the world. RUNAGROUND wrote and produced the song within a week, and was featured in the celebrity music video along side, Randy Jackson, Russel Simmons, Ariana Huffington, Larry King, Common, and others.
In November 2015 RUNAGROUND performed live across Belgium for a radio and tv promotional tour around his 2nd collaboration as a vocalist and top liner for Belgium's number 1 hard dance Dj Mark with a K. The song "See Me Now" reached #19 on iTunes Belgium's pop chart climbing over hit makers Taylor Swift among others. "Here We Come", a song written and co-produced by RUNAGROUND as the first collaboration with Mark with a K, reached critical acclaim and popularity with over 230,000 plays on youtube and a live Reverze Festival performance for a sold out crowd of over 17,000 Belgian fans singing along to the live performance of the song.
On November 17, 2016 RUNAGROUND released "Stars Come Out" ft. The Disco Fries, independently, and saw it reach over 1.5 million streams on Spotify by february, and being included on several of Spotify's curated and most popular dance/electronic music playlists.
On January 31 RUNAGROUND was featured on the AXS TV cable show Breaking Band along side Grammy Nominated Mentor and Electronic Artist/Music Producer/DJ giant, Moby. The show culminated in RUNAGROUND & Moby collaborating on a live performance of Moby's popular hit "Southside" originally performed by he and Gwen Stefani. The show aired to over 40 million homes, and caught a glimpse of Moby's inspiring and humble mentorship to RUNAGROUND where he was quoted as saying, "These songs are hits, and I see you playing in arenas and stadiums very soon..”