"Great Great Life"
"Two Sides to Love"
"Crumble Like Rome"
"I Don't Remember"
Singer-songwriter Goat, a.k.a. Andy Rosen, has patiently honed his craft, first getting interested in music as a teenager in Cleveland in the '70s. In the time since, he's gone from custodial work at a music studio to a major-label deal and big-time exposure, before settling in as a modestly successful independent performer. Goat performed a concert from the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg/Camp Hill, Penn., on Feb. 16.
The son of former Cleveland Indians third baseman Al Rosen, Andy Rosen was a proficient boxer as a young man, even earning a scholarship to the University of Nevada. However, he moved away from boxing and into a series of odd jobs and side work in New York City while attempting to break through as a musician. His first opportunity came as a custodian at The Power Station, where he saw firsthand the process of rock legends recording and producing their studio albums.
For a while, he toiled in small-time projects, singing mostly folk-rock and touring with a rockabilly band. His big break came in 1998, when a song he wrote to help himself defeat depression ended up attracting national attention. Goat's "Great Life" found its way onto the I Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack, and it allowed Rosen to record a full-length album, also titled Great Life. He later split with his major label, releasing 2005's All of My Friends and last year's Twisted Heart to a modest but fervent fan base. Goat's charming, pop- and folk-inspired soft-rock songs have made him a sleeper worth following.