Damien Rice

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Damien Rice
Rice holding a guitar onstage
Damien Rice performing in Villa Arconati, Milan
Background information
Birth name Damien Rice
Born (1973-12-07) 7 December 1973 (age 41)
Origin Kildare, Ireland
Genres Folk, indie rock, folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, percussion, clarinet
Labels Vector Recordings, Republic, Heffa, Warner Bros., DRM/14th Floor
Associated acts Juniper, Bell X1, Lisa Hannigan, Melanie Laurent
Website www.damienrice.com

Damien Rice (born 7 December 1973) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who plays piano, guitar, percussion and clarinet.

Rice began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group Juniper, which were signed to Polygram Records in 1997. The band enjoyed moderate success with a couple of single releases, but a projected album foundered because of record company politics. After leaving the band he worked as a farmer in Tuscany and busked throughout Europe before returning to Ireland in 2001 and beginning a solo musical career.

In 2002 his debut album O reached No. 8 on the UK albums chart, won the Shortlist Music Prize and generated three top-30 singles in the UK. Rice released his second album 9 in 2006 and his songs have appeared in numerous films and television episodes.

After eight years of various collaborations, Rice released his third studio album My Favourite Faded Fantasy on 31 October 2014.[1]

Rice's personal activities include musical contributions to charitable projects such as the Songs for Tibet, Freedom Campaign and the Enough Project.

Early life and Juniper[edit]

Rice was born to George and Maureen Rice, and raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.[2]

Rice formed the rock band Juniper along with Paul Noonan, Dominic Philips, David Geraghty and Brian Crosby in 1991. The band met whilst they were attending Salesian College secondary school in Celbridge, Co. Kildare as students. After touring throughout Ireland the band released their debut EP Manna in 1995.[3]
Based in Straffan, Kildare the band continued touring and signed a six album record deal with Polygram. Their recording projects generated the singles "Weatherman" and "The World Is Dead" which received favourable reviews.[3] They also recorded but never released "Tongue". After achieving his musical goals with Juniper, Rice became frustrated with the artistic compromises required by the record label, and he left the band in 1998.[4] Rice moved to Tuscany in Italy and took up farming for some time, then returned to Ireland before busking around Europe.[4] After returning to Ireland a second time, Rice gave a demo recording to his second cousin, music producer David Arnold who then gave Rice a mobile studio.[5][6]

Solo career[edit]

Damien Rice at Coachella in 2007

In 2001, Rice's song "The Blower's Daughter" made a top 40 chart.[5] Over the next year he continued to record his album with guitarist Mark Kelly, New York drummer Tom Osander aka Tomo, Paris pianist Jean Meunier, London producer David Arnold, County Meath vocalist Lisa Hannigan and cellist Vyvienne Long.[6] Rice then embarked on a tour of Ireland with Hannigan, Tomo, Vyvienne, Mark, and Dublin bassist Shane Fitzsimons.[6]

In 2002, Rice's debut album O was released in Ireland, the UK and the United States.[7] The album peaked at No. 8 on the UK albums chart and remained on the chart for 97 weeks, selling 650,000 copies in the US.[7][8] The album won the Shortlist Music Prize and the songs "Cannonball" and "Volcano" became top 30 hits in the UK.[8][9]

In 2006 Rice released his second album 9 which was recorded during the two years prior.[10] 2007 was a year of touring with Rice appearing at England's Glastonbury Festival and the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium.[11] In 2008 he contributed the song "Making Noise" for the album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace in support of the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibet.[12]

In 2010, he contributed the song "Lonely Soldier" to the Enough Project[13] and played at the Iceland Inspires concert held in Hljómskálagarðurinn near Reykjavík centrum.[14] Rice recorded a cover of the Juniper track, "Crosseyed Bear" for the compilation, Help: A Day in the Life. Rice's albums are published under his record label Heffa (originally named DRM) in Ireland and Vector Records in North America. Records released in the UK, Europe and other countries are published by 14th Floor Records via Warner Music.[15] In spring 2011, Rice featured on the debut album by French actress and singer Melanie Laurent. He appears on two tracks on her debut album En t'attendant while collaborating on a total of five tracks which feature on the album.[16] In May 2013, Rice told the audience at the South Korea Seoul Jazz Festival 2013 that he is working on a new album.[17]

On 4 September 2014, Rice's official Twitter account announced his third album My Favourite Faded Fantasy, due to 31 October. On the Damien Rice official website the date given for the official release in 3 November 2014.[18] The album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy featuring the first single "I Don't Want To Change You" was released worldwide 10 November 2014 to critical acclaim from NPR’s Robin Hilton stating "The upcoming Damien Rice album is incredible..." and the London Evening Standard said "Damien Rice…is returning with one of the albums of the year."

Personal life[edit]

Rice participated in the Freedom Campaign, the Burma Campaign UK and the U.S. Campaign for Burma to free Burmese democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi.[19] He campaigned for her release by writing and performing the song "Unplayed Piano" at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
IRE
[21]
AUS
[22]
BEL (Vl)
[23]
BEL (Wa)
[24]
FRA
[25]
GER
[26]
ITA
[27]
NL
[28]
NOR
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
US
[32]
O 2 67 70 76 6 8 114
9 1 33 14 53 86 87 33 20 8 48 4 22
My Favourite Faded Fantasy 1 25 4 15 48 13 10 2 22 5 7 15

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
IRE
[21]
AUS
[22]
BEL (Vl)
[23]
BEL (Wa)
[24]
FRA
[25]
GER
[26]
ITA
[27]
NL
[28]
NOR
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
US
[32]
Live at Fingerprints Warts & All
Live from the Union Chapel 58 179

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
IRE
[21]
AUS
[22]
BEL (Vl)
[23]
BEL (Wa)
[24]
FRA
[25]
GER
[26]
ITA
[27]
NL
[28]
NOR
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
US
[32]
B-Sides 1 143

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released as single and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
IRE
[21]
AUS
[37]
BEL (Vl)
[23]
BEL (Wa)
[24]
GER
[26]
NL
[28]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
"The Blower's Daughter" 2001 38 82 27 O
"Cannonball" 2002 13 9
"Woman Like a Man" 2003 Non-album track
"Volcano" 29 29 O
"Moody Mooday/Lonelily" (vinyl-only) 2004 143 Non-album tracks
"Lonely Soldier" (with Christy Moore) 4 142
"Unplayed Piano" (with Lisa Hannigan) 4 24
"9 Crimes" 2006 14 7 33 61 39 56 29 9
"Rootless Tree" 2007 50
"Dogs" 10 88
"I Don't Want To Change You" 2014 59 52 60 53 My Favourite Faded Fantasy
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
IRE
[38]
"Coconut Skins" 2012 65 9
"My Favourite Faded Fantasy" 2014 69 My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Film and TV contributions[edit]

Rice's songs have been heard on numerous television shows including American Idol, The L Word,True Blood, Hidden Palms, Bones, The Cleaner, Jericho, ER, The Black Donnellys, The OC, Alias, Lost, Huff, Crossing Jordan, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, House, Spin 1038, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Inbetweeners, One Tree Hill, British television series, Misfits and the Korean drama, Spring Waltz.[39][40][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47]

Rice's songs have appeared in films such as Goldfish Memory (2003), Reservation Road, Higher Ground, Closer, I am David, Stay, In Good Company, The Girl in the Café, Shrek the Third and Dear Frankie.[48][49][50][51]

His music is referenced in the 2009 novel The Suicide Club by Rhys Thomas and his songs have been used in professional figure skating competitions.[52][53]

Collaborations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "Soundtracks for I Am David (2003)". IMDb. n.d. Retrieved 28 May 2007. 
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  56. ^ "Que Sera, Sera -Live From Live Earth". 9 November 2007. ASIN B00122INF4. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  57. ^ "Episode 211" (in French). Taratata. 2 March 2007. France 4. http://video.mytaratata.com/video/iLyROoaftNQY.html. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  58. ^ "The Beekeeper". 22 February 2005. ASIN B00076EPQM. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  59. ^ "Possibilities". 30 August 2005. ASIN B000AARK2Q. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
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