American Authors first got together in 2006 while attending Berklee College of Music. They comprise vocalist Zachary Barnett, guitarist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez. The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name The Blue Pages before relocating to New York in 2010. They released two albums, Anthropology
and Rich With Love
, but decided the name wasn't working for them, so they came up with American Authors and started working with producer Shep Goodman, which reinvigorated the band. When they recorded their song "Believer
," Goodman took it to various radio stations and it got enough heat to earn the band a deal with Mercury Records, which released "Best Day Of My Life" as the first single on the label.