Brandon Flowers

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Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers.jpeg
Flowers in 2010
Background information
Birth name Brandon Richard Flowers
Born (1981-06-21) June 21, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Henderson, Nevada, United States
Genres Indie rock, new wave, heartland rock, post-punk revival, alternative rock, synthpop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, keyboards, bass
Years active 2001–present
Labels Island, Vertigo, Marrakesh
Associated acts The Killers
Website brandonflowersmusic.com
Notable instruments
microKORG
Nord Lead 2
Fender Jazz Bass
M-Audio Venom
Moog Voyager
Korg MS20
Roland MKS-80

Brandon Richard Flowers (born June 21, 1981) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and lyricist. He is best known as the frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers. In 2010, Flowers released a solo album, titled Flamingo. He has topped the UK Albums Chart five times, including work by The Killers.

Early life[edit]

Brandon Flowers, the youngest of six children, was born on June 21, 1981, in Henderson, Nevada, to Jean Yvonne (née Barlow) and Terry Austin Flowers.[1] His older siblings are his brother Shane and four sisters April, Shelly, Amy and Stephanie.[1] His family lived in Henderson until Flowers was eight, when they moved to Payson, Utah, for two years before moving to Nephi, Utah, at which time he was in the 6th grade.[2] Flowers lived in Nephi until his junior year at Juab High School. He moved to Las Vegas to live with his aunt and graduated from Chaparral High School in 1999.[3]

Career[edit]

The Killers (2001–present)[edit]

Main article: The Killers

Brandon Flowers responded to an ad that Dave Keuning had placed in the Las Vegas Weekly in late 2001 whereupon they became The Killers. After several short-lived bassists and drummers, Flowers and Keuning were joined by bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci and the line up became official in August 2002.[4] Between 2003 and 2013 they released four consecutive chart-topping albums and sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.[5][6][7] Flowers wrote the lyrics to the single "All These Things That I've Done" and its popular refrain "I Got Soul, But I'm Not A Soldier" that numbered among the "100 Greatest Songs of All Time" by The Daily Telegraph and earned one of the band's seven GRAMMY nominations.[8]

On July 4, 2010, The Killers headlined the "Salute to the Military" USO Concert at the White House. They performed 'God Bless America' and favorites from their catalogue.[9] On June 22, 2013, The Killers headlined the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium, their biggest solo show to date.[10][11]

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright wrote a song about Flowers called "Tulsa" for his fifth album Release the Stars. Wainwright has stated in numerous interviews that it was inspired by their first meeting in a bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to Wainwright, Flowers was "very flattered and somewhat bashful" about this tribute.[12] Sir Elton John has listed Flowers as one of his top-five heroes while editing The Independent's World Aids Day special edition.[13][14] U2's Bono described Flowers' voice to The Globe and Mail saying, “We need him on the radio...His voice!”[15] Flowers possesses a tenor vocal range when he sings.

Flamingo (2010–11)[edit]

Debut solo album Flamingo was released worldwide and charted in the top ten albums in ten countries including the UK where it charted at number one.[16][17] The album drew heavy influence from Flowers' hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The album earned Flowers a Q Award nomination for Best Male Artist (2010). The first single from Flamingo, "Crossfire", was released on June 21 (Flowers' birthday). It became Flowers' fifth top ten single in the UK, including work by The Killers. The video for "Crossfire" featured actress Charlize Theron and was nominated for Best Video at the NME Awards. Flamingo was Flower's fourth consecutive studio album to reach No. 1 on the UK charts, including work by The Killers, who subsequently earned another consecutive UK No. 1.[18]

SPIN named Brandon Flowers one of "The 15 Best Shows of the Summer" in 2010 for his show at the Shimmer Showroom in Las Vegas.[19] SPIN also listed him as one of "The 25 Best Fall Tours"/"Must-See Fall Tours".[20] While on tour Flowers had special guests including Andy Summers (of The Police), Fran Healy (of Travis), and Stuart Price.[21]

Second album (2015)[edit]

Flowers told NME that he will release his second solo album in 2015 and that it is being produced by Ariel Rechtshaid.[22] The album will also feature drumming by Kenny Aronoff and horns by Ron Francis Blake.

Influences[edit]

Flowers lists The Beatles, David Bowie, The Cars, Morrissey, Pet Shop Boys (to whom Flowers presented the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music) and U2 among his musical influences.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Flowers married Tana Mundkowsky on August 2, 2005 on the island of O'ahu in Hawaii.[25][26] They have three sons, Ammon (named after a Book of Mormon missionary), born July 14, 2007;[27] Gunnar, born July 28, 2009; and Henry, born March 9, 2011.[28] Flowers' parents met as teenagers, he wrote the song "A Dustland Fairytale" as a tribute to their majestic romance and lifelong marriage.[29] Flowers's grandmother hailed from Lithuania.[30]

Flowers is a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[31] He and his family are featured in a promotional video on the church's website.[32][33]

Awards and accolades[edit]

The Killers have been nominated for seven GRAMMY Awards, seven BRIT Awards, and two World Music Awards.

Brandon Flowers has been awarded the Q Idol Award.

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Esquire United States 50 Most Stylish Musicians of the Last 50 Years[34] 2011
N/A
Xfm United Kingdom XFM's Greatest Frontmen of All Time[35] 2013
8
VH1 United States VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists[36] 2013
57

He was also interviewed by Q magazine on behalf of The Killers as one of the "Artists of the Century" (November 2009 issue), a second cover photo that year.[37]

He was also interviewed by GQ magazine for The GQ Music Issue as one of the music "Legends" or "Legends in the Making" (2011 issue).[38]

In 2011, a portrait of Flowers by artist Joe Simpson was exhibited around the UK including an exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.[39]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US AUS CAN GER IRL NLD NZ SPN SWI UK
2010 Flamingo 8 5 9 8 3 4 6 7 13 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US
Alt.

[42]
US
Adult

[42]
AUS
[43]
CAN
[42]
GER
[44]
IRL
[45]
NLD
[46]
NZ
[47]
SWI
[48]
UK
[16]
2010 "Crossfire" 6 15 46 70 34 4 22 22 35 8 Flamingo
"Only the Young" 39 68 143
2011 "Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Tours[edit]

Philanthropic contributions[edit]

Since 2006, The Killers have released annual Christmas themed singles and videos in aid of the charity Product Red, supporting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[49]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Joshua Longobardy (2007-02-15). "When he was young". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ Patterson, Spencer. "Almost Famous - Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ Craig McLean (2012-09-09). "On the road with The Killers: The return of America's greatest rock band - Features - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  6. ^ "'I'm from Sunday School of rock... more hip kids should find God' | The Sun |Scottish News". Thescottishsun.co.uk. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
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  8. ^ McCormick, Neil (March 12, 2009). "100 Greatest Songs of All Time: 75 - 51". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  9. ^ jbtrainor (July 5, 2010). "Watch: The Killers play The White House " Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ Mark Beaumont. "The Killers – review | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  11. ^ "Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, Psy nominated for Wembley Stadium's Greatest Moment Of 2013 | News". Nme.Com. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  12. ^ "Rufus Wainwright gaily strikes gold". Herald Sun (Australia). August 30, 2007. 
  13. ^ "World Aids Day special: Elton John to edit The Independent and i". The Independent (London). November 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ Sturges, Fiona (December 1, 2010). "Elton's Heroes: No. 4 – Brandon Flowers". The Independent (London). 
  15. ^ Brad Wheeler (September 6, 2012). "Achtung! Where does U2 go from here?". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  16. ^ a b "Brandon Flowers | Artist". Official Charts. 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
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  19. ^ 09.07.10 12:00 pm. "The 15 Best Shows of the Summer | BRANDON FLOWERS". SPIN.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
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  21. ^ http://www.stereogum.com/572301/brandon-flowers-fran-healy-wiltern-theater-los-angeles-111010/concert/
  22. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/the-killers/79416
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  25. ^ No byline (2005). "Killers Singer Brandon Flowers Marries Longtime Girlfriend" VH1.com (accessed Oct. 14, 2006)
  26. ^ ArjanWrites.com . Retrieved April 12, 2006.
  27. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (July 16, 2007). "The Killers Singer Brandon Flowers, Wife Have a Son". People. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  28. ^ Sarah Michaud (April 5, 2011). "Brandon Flowers Welcomes Son Henryetta". People. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  29. ^ http://www.nottinghampost.com/Interview-Killers/story-12176341-detail/story.html
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  32. ^ Wood, Benjamin (October 17, 2011), "The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers makes 'I'm a Mormon' video: Watch it here", The Music Mix, Entertainment Weekly 
  33. ^ "Hi I'm Brandon: I'm a Mormon. (5233)", People: I'm A Mormon, Mormon.org (LDS Church), retrieved 2013-09-27 
  34. ^ "Most Stylish Musicians - 50 Best Dressed Male Musicians". Esquire. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  35. ^ "artists | photos | Liam to Most Stylish Rock Star title". Contactmusic.com. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
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  45. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
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