Once seen fronting the OC's Something Corporate, Andrew McMahon has come to be better known as the force behind Jack's Mannequin since his former band dissolved in 2004. Jack's Mannequin emerged a year later with Everything in Transit on Maverick Records.
Because he's only one guy, McMahon brought in folks like Tommy Lee, Patrick Warren, and others to fill out his sound. The album was greeted warmly by both fans and critics with a number 37 peak on Billboard's Hot 200 albums. Guitarist Bobby “Raw” Anderson, bassist Mikey "The Kid" Wagner, and drummer Jay McMillan were recruited as additional members of Jack's Mannequin.
While McMahon was out on tour supporting the release, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. After a bone marrow transplant courtesy of his sister, McMahon took some time off to recover. During his down time, momentum for the record kept pace with a video for "The Mixed Tape" as both VH1 and MTV gave it some air time.
A year later, Jack's Mannequin was back on the road with an abbreviated tour schedule, then doing a run with O.A.R. McMahon's label re-issued Everything in Transit in late 2006 with a companion DVD.
Jack's Mannequin went back into the studio in 2007, but The Glass Passenger didn't come out until September of 2008. To feed fans' anticipation, Jack's Mannequin released a couple of EPs – The Ghost Overground and In Valleys – ahead of Passenger.
When the full album finally dropped, it made it all the way to number eight on the Hot 200, selling nearly 50,000 units in its first week. The album's most successful single was “The Resolution.” The band then embarked on their Hammers and Strings: An Evening with Jack's Mannequin and The Glass Passenger tour.
In the fall of 2009, McMahon went on a solo jaunt to promote his Dear Jack documentary and EP, and to raise leukemia awareness.
Another three years would pass between album releases. People and Things finally saw daylight on October 4, 2011 following its lead single, “My Racing Thoughts.” To build a buzz for the album, Jack's Mannequin toured with Guster during the summer ramp up with more dates following the record's actual release in the fall.