This is the song that earned the band a deal with Mercury Records. Formed at the Berklee College of Music in 2006, the band was known as The Blue Pages until 2012, when they went in a new, more upbeat musical direction and changed their name to American Authors. They recorded "Believer" with a new producer, Shep Goodman, who had some industry connections and was able to circulate the demo.
"People were asking about it like crazy - 'Who's this band?'" American Authors bass player Dave Rublin said when he appeared on the Songfacts Podcast
. "The demo wasn't even mixed or mastered and it was already getting a lot of love from people in radio because they wanted something positive for the moment."
When Mercury signed the band, they pegged "Best Day of My Life
" as the hit, and they were right. It was used in various commercials and rose to #11 in the US. "Believer" didn't do as well, stalling at #121, but it holds up as one of the group's most popular songs.