Grey’s Anatomy has the most popular TV song last week, with an anthemic song from Andy Grammer that underscores a new focus for title character, Meredith Grey.
During the end montage of the episode, Meredith shares her frustration that patients struggle to get basic medical care, and her plans to bring attention to the problem. Meredith has had a compelling drive to “fight a failing system” since last year’s legal issues, but this has always been a strong character motivation. The lyrics of ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ speak to her mission and echo the sentiment of Meredith possibly putting her medical license and life with her family on the line.
About this song, Grammer has said, “Don’t give up on me…a very simple idea but a very powerful one. I have had many moments in my life where I wouldn’t give up on someone else, where I believed in them when they didn’t believe in themselves. Hell I’ve had SUPER intense moments where I wouldn’t give up on myself. But the most powerful memories from my personal vantage point are when someone wouldn’t give up on me.”
He went on to say, “It is my sincere wish that for anyone who hears this song and is on the verge of giving up it will be another subtle nudge to keep going.”
Grey’s music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas told Tunefind, “We returned to Andy Grammer for a second time to synch his beautiful track ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ for the ending montage in this Season 16 episode.”
The previous placement Patsavas is referring to is the end montage of “Judgement Day”, season 14, episode 20. The song ‘Always,’ from Grammer’s 2017 album The Good Place, plays as various relationships are redefined.
Andy Grammer’s ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ reached more than 85 million Spotify streams, hit the Spotify Viral 50, iTunes Top 15 on the Pop Chart, was certified gold and the music video – directed by Five Feet Apart’s Justin Baldoni – received over 20 million views. The song was released in February 2019 and is one of Five Feet Apart’s signature soundtrack songs. It also appears on Andy Grammer’s fourth studio album, Naive released in July 2019.
Upon release of this track, Grammer shared that 10-percent of all proceeds from song download/purchase would be donated to Claire’s Place Foundation in honor of Claire Wineland, the inspiration for Five Feet Apart. Claire’s Place Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports children and families affected by cystic fibrosis.
Andy Grammer was born in L.A. and grew up in New York. He earned his B.A. in Music Industry Studies from California State University, Northridge and began performing as a busker in Santa Monica. He was discovered by his manager, Ben Singer in 2009 and signed with S-Curve records in early 2010. Grammer has been churning out a series of hits since. His debut album in 2011 included two platinum hits, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Fine By Me.’ The following summer, Grammer toured with Natasha Bedingfield and Colbie Caillat.
Grammer had continued success with his sophomore album, Magazines or Novels featuring one of the best-selling songs in 2015, ‘Honey, I’m Good,’ earning him triple platinum status. ‘Honey, I’m Good’ reached No. 9 on the Billboard Chart. Andy Grammer has continued to release gold and platinum certified singles, becoming a fan favorite contemporary soul and pop artist.
Andy Grammer has had numerous placements on Dancing With The Stars, including season 21 when he appeared as a contestant, finishing in 7th place overall. He’s also had multiple songs placed in So You Think You Can Dance, his platinum hit ‘Keep Your Head Up’ is in Pitch Perfect and ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ can also be heard in an episode of World of Dance.
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