Andy Fraser, former member of the rock band FREE, dies at age 62

Mctrax International announced today that one of the music industry's most beloved musicians Andy Fraser has passed away on Monday March 16, 2015, at his home in California.
By: McTrax International
 
Andy Fraser
Andy Fraser
TEMECULA, Calif. - March 17, 2015 - PRLog -- Andrew McIan "Andy" Fraser, born July 3, 1952 was an English singer, songwriter and bass guitarist whose career lasted over forty years and includes the notable period as one of the founding members, of the rock band Free. He leaves behind his daughters, Hannah and Jasmine Fraser and their mother Ri, his sister Gail Fraser, brothers Gavin Fraser and Alex Fraser, and many friends and business collaborators in the entertainment industry. "We are shocked and heartbroken by the loss of our amazing father Andy, who was a true force of nature. His endless passion for music has been an inspiration to the world for over half a decade. Using his creative talents to bring positive change to the world with a fearless commitment to honesty and justice has been a pivotal example for my life. He worked tirelessly on humanitarian projects such as Rock Against Trafficking, Gay Rights Issues, The Occupy Movement, Eco-activism, and he was producing a documentary on Ocean Conservation with me. Andy was a survivor who overcame some of the most challenging health issues in his life, and yet he left this earth healthy, happy and full of plans to make this world a better place for us all. It's alright now, and he's finally free," says his daughter Hannah.

Fraser has enjoyed phenomenal international success throughout the span of his career. He was honored by BMI's 4 Million Play Club for writing the monster rock anthem "All Right Now," and was the songwriter for Robert Palmer's mega-hit "Every Kind Of People". In addition, he had written and composed for artists including; Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Paul Young, Joe Cocker, Paul Carrack, Wilson Pickett, Three Dog Night, Bob Seger, Randy Crawford, Etta James, Frankie Miller, and Ted Nugent.

Post Free, he was very active as CEO of his record label/multi-media company Mctrax International. A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Andy Fraser was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights. His last live performance was for the non-profit Rock Against Trafficking's Grammy After Party at Exchange LA on February 8, 2015. Gary Miller, music producer and President of Rock Against Trafficking states, “My dear friend and partner with Rock Against Trafficking, Andy Fraser, sadly passed away yesterday morning. He did so much for the organization and me personally, he was my little big brother, he was one of the greatest bass players and songwriters of all time, leaving us with some of the best songs in Rock history, I am so proud to have become a very close friend with him and loved him dearly, I will miss him so much.”

Andy was currently working on a multitude of projects including the Summer release of “Standing At Your Window”, which he co-wrote with Frankie Miller, planning a UK/European Tour that included the Sweden Rock Festival, scheduling the release of his autobiography, and the release of “Tears of a Mermaid” a film he was co-producing with his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser.

His daughter Jasmine said of him, “Andy was such a passionate musician, such a good man, such an unconditional support to me as a father. He fought long and hard through a lot of pain to survive cancer and AIDS so that he could share his music, and it was because he held on through those hard times that I was able to later know and love him. He was up early doing 4 hours of exercise every morning to keep his body healthy to keep going. He had a burning desire to do good in this world, and he single-mindedly dedicated himself to promoting the causes which he believed in. I will miss is boyish and irreverent sense of humor, his endless optimism, and the way he could sum up everything that needed to be said in one perfect line. The last thing he sent to me was the track 'Standing at Your Window'…. "

More official information about his passing will be released in the following days.

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About Mctrax International

Mctrax is a record label and multi-media firm based in California. It is the parent corporation of MctraxMusic and MctraxMotion. Mctrax International's global operations encompasses digital content creation and distribution, development of new entertainment products and technologies, and motion picture production. For additional information, go to: http://www.mctrax.com.

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