A Syracuse native, Mineo is now more known as the kid from Washington Heights, New York City who is selling out major performance venues all over America and across the pond in Europe. With 14 singles, seven as a featured artist, 15 guest appearances, one compilation album, two mixtapes and his incredibly successful debut album, “Heroes For Sale,” Mineo certainly isn’t an overnight sensation.
“In high school, I built a recording studio in my closet so I got really good at being able to record others, and myself,” says Mineo. After high school, he moved to New York City and enrolled in the music program at The City College of New York. “My game plan was that if as an artist, it didn’t pan out for me, I could still be around music in some other capacity,” he explains.
It was during his time at CCNY where Andy discovered his style and sound. In fact, he would use many of his college music production assignments as his own music projects. Aside from him just making the usual NYC round of hip-hop battles and performances, Mineo also experienced a spiritual awakening during his freshman year at CCNY. There he discovered communities of other people who were urban and hip-hop, yet also Christian. “The internet made those type of connections even more accessible,” Andy says. “You can discover more niche music and a community with shared values and the same love of hip-hop.”
It was one of those community connections, producer Alex Medina (Lecrae, Trip Lee), who encouraged and worked with the artist helping him to find his way. By graduation, Mineo had inked a full recording contract with Reach Records.
To date, Reach Records’ sales approach three million records and is distributed through Sony Music Entertainment’s RED. Its founder and flagship artist Lecrae made Billboard chart history with his #1 album debut across five Billboard charts including the coveted Top 200. Andy Mineo is Reach Records’ next big artist to break. And the pressure can at times be palpable. But in the midst of it all, Andy remains himself.