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Birth name  John Grant
Origin  Parker, Colorado, U.S.
Name  John Grant
Instruments  Vocals, piano

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Born  July 25, 1968 (age 47) Buchanan, Michigan, U.S. (1968-07-25)
Labels  Bella Union, Partisan, USA, Sena Iceland
Role  Singer-songwriter ·
Genres  Folk music, Alternative rock, Indie rock
Albums  Queen of Denmark, Pale Green Ghosts, Grey Tickles - Black Pre, Live in Concert, Gets Schooled

Music group  The Czars (1994 – 2004)
Associated acts  The Czars, Midlake

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John Grant (born July 25, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. Formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and early 2000s, he launched a career as a solo artist in 2010.


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In 2015, his third solo studio album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure was received with critical acclaim.

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Grant was born in Buchanan, Michigan, and raised in Parker, Colorado. He studied languages in Germany and after The Czars split up in 2006, based himself in New York, London, Berlin and Reykjavík.

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Following The Czars, Grant took some time off from making music and returned to recording and performing in 2010 with his debut solo album Queen of Denmark. Released in April 2010, it had been recorded in collaboration with the American folk-rock band Midlake and released on Bella Union. Described as a deeply personal album about his past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and coming to terms with being gay, it was chosen as Best Album of 2010 by the British music magazine Mojo.

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Grant is currently living in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he worked throughout 2012 on his second solo album Pale Green Ghosts with Birgir Þórarinsson, a.k.a. Biggi Veira of Iceland's electronic pioneers Gus Gus.

Pale Green Ghosts was released in March 2013. It was the Rough Trade Records 2013 Album of the Year. Grant was nominated for a Q Award in the category of Q Best Solo Artist. He was also nominated as Best International Male Solo Artist at the BRITS 2014 and Attitude Magazine's Man of the Year.

Grant translated Ásgeir Trausti album Dýrð í dauðaþögn – the English version titled In the Silence was released in October 2013. In 2014, he co-wrote the Icelandic entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, "No Prejudice", performed by Pollapönk.

In 2014, Grant appeared on the 40th Anniversary release of Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road covering the song "Sweet Painted Lady". He was a special guest on The Feast of the Broken Heart, an album from Hercules and Love Affair released by Moshi Moshi records.

His third solo studio album, 2015's Grey Tickles, Black Pressure featured several guests such as singers Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl and Amanda Palmer. Former Siouxsie and the Banshees drummer Budgie also took part to the sessions which took place in Dallas, Texas. Upon its release, the album garnered favourable reviews in NME, The Guardian and Mojo. Before embarking on a worldwide tour, Grant appeared on UK TV show, Later with Jools Holland in early October. Accompanied on stage by a band including several backing singers and special guest Budgie, Grant delivered a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, receiving a five star review in the national press.

In July 2016 he performed at the Latitude Festival in the United Kingdom. The following year his music, along with that of Hercules and Love Affair, was used in the documentary Queerama. Grant performed at Sheffield Doc/Fest for the film's premiere.

In July 2017 Grant appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London, alongside Jarvis Cocker, Susanne Sundfør and Richard Hawley, where they performed new versions of the songs of Scott Walker. The performance was shown on television as part of that summer's BBC Proms. The quartet were backed by the Heritage Orchestra (led by Kate Robinson) and the London Contemporary Voices. The concert was conducted by Jules Buckley.

In September 2017 Grant collaborated with the British band Elbow for a special duet version of Elbow's song "Kindling" from the album Little Fictions. This special version was called "Kindling (Fickle Flame)".

Personal life

At a live performance with Hercules and Love Affair at the 2012 Meltdown festival, Grant publicly acknowledged for the first time that he is HIV-positive.

In the album Pale Green Ghosts, John Grant sings about being HIV-positive in the track "Ernest Borgnine", and several other tracks refer to his youth and to a former boyfriend. As of 2015, Grant is in a relationship with an Icelandic graphic designer.

  • Filmmaker Andrew Haigh has used Grant's tracks in multiple pieces. Several of his songs from his album Queen of Denmark are used in Haigh's 2011 movie Weekend. Grant's tracks "Black Belt" and "Pale Green Ghosts" appeared on Haigh's HBO series Looking.
  • Irish musician Sinéad O'Connor covered "Queen of Denmark" on her 2012 album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?. O'Connor also supplied backing vocals for Grant's second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts.
  • In August 2013 Grant appeared in singer-songwriter Ásgeir Trausti's video for the song "King and Cross".
  • On November 18, 2014, Grant duetted with Alison Goldfrapp on the Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood song "Some Velvet Morning" at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • Grant appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast on November 19, 2015.
  • On December 3, 2016, Grant was the subject of BBC Radio 4's 'Reimagining the City' where he takes listeners around Reykjavik, one of the cities he now calls home.
  • On December 9, 2016, Grant appeared as a special guest of Kylie Minogue in her Albert Hall Christmas show, singing Kylie's song Confide in me".
  • Albums

    with The Czars
  • 1996: Moodswing
  • 1997: The La Brea Tar Pits of Routine
  • 2000: Before...But Longer
  • 2001: The Ugly People vs. the Beautiful People
  • 2004: Goodbye
  • 2005: Sorry I Made You Cry
  • Solo


  • 2013: "Gets Schooled" (Rough Trade Records) (Duet versions of five tracks from Rough Trade's Album of the Year "Pale Green Ghosts"
  • Singles

    with The Czars
  • 2000: "Val"
  • 2002: "Side Effect"
  • 2002: "X Would Rather Listen"
  • 2004: "Paint the Moon"
  • Solo
  • 2013: "Pale Green Ghosts"
  • 2013: "GMF" (with Sinéad O'Connor)(IRL #93)
  • 2013: "Glacier"
  • 2015: "Disappointing" (with Tracey Thorn)
  • As featured artist
  • 2017: "Mountaineers" (Susanne Sundfør featuring John Grant)
  • 2017: "Whisky" (Bi-2 featuring John Grant)
  • References

    John Grant (musician) Wikipedia