David Usher

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David Usher
David Usher 2012.jpg
Usher in May 2012
Background information
Born (1966-04-24) April 24, 1966 (age 49)
Oxford, England
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Rock, pop
Years active 1992–present
Labels Universal Music, Capitol
Website davidusher.com

David Usher (born April 24, 1966) is a British-born Canadian musician, best selling author, keynote speaker and activist.

Biography[edit]

David Usher was born in Oxford, England to a Thai Buddhist, artist Samphan Usher, and a Jewish Montrealer, Dan Usher, who is a professor of economics at Queen's University. He has lived in various places such as Malaysia, New York City, California and Thailand since early childhood, before his family settled in Kingston, Ontario. He attended high school at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute.[citation needed] Usher attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, majoring in political science.[citation needed] Usher has been involved in such causes as War Child Canada, White Ribbon Campaign and Amnesty International.[citation needed] Usher is featured in the 2001 MuchMusic special Musicians in the WarZone, a humanitarian documentary directed by filmmaker Liz Marshall.[1] In it Usher journeys to the northern border of Thailand to visit a large Burmese refugee community.

Musical career[edit]

Usher is the frontman for the alternative rock band Moist, which originally formed in 1992, went on indefinite hiatus in 2000, and reunited in 2013. In 1997, Usher embarked on a solo career and has released seven solo albums to date.

Moist[edit]

David Usher met his Moist bandmates in 1992 while in university and their 1994 debut release, Silver, went quadruple platinum in Canada. Moist went on to release their multi-platinum follow-up, Creature, in 1996, Mercedes 5 and Dime in 1999 and Machine Punch Through, a collection of singles, in 2001. The band reunited in 2013 after twelve years, and released their fourth studio album in 2014 entitled Glory Under Dangerous Skies

Solo career[edit]

Usher in 2008

David Usher recorded his acoustic, debut solo album "Little Songs" in his kitchen in three 10-day stretches. Little Songs was released in April 1998 during Moist's hiatus following the release of Creature, and spawned a minor hit in Canada with the single "Forestfire", as well as followup singles "Jesus Was My Girl" and "St Lawrence River".

Following Moist's Mercedes 5 and Dime, Usher revived his solo career and released the highly successful Morning Orbit in the summer of 2001. It contains the hit singles "Alone in the Universe", as well as "Black Black Heart". "Special guests" on Morning Orbit include Jagori Tanna and Bruce Gordon from I Mother Earth, Jeff Martin from The Tea Party, rapper Snow, as well as Gord Sinclair from The Tragically Hip.

In 2003, he released another solo album entitled Hallucinations, which features a cover track by Manic Street Preachers entitled "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next", as well as a bonus disc which includes live tracks and one remixed track.

After Hallucinations, Usher left EMI in favour of a smaller record company MapleMusic, moved his family to New York, and released the predominantly acoustic If God Had Curves in 2005. This effort featured a collaboration with Tegan Quin, on the track "Hey Kids", as well as a guest guitar performance by Bruce Cockburn on the track "Long Goodbye". That same year Usher released a DVD entitled "Walk.Don't.Run", which gives us a look into the making of If God Had Curves.

Usher's fifth solo album, released in March 2007, is titled Strange Birds. It contains the popular song "The Music". David and his family moved back from New York. They now reside in Montreal, Quebec.

Wake Up and Say Goodbye is the second single and title track from Usher's latest album released on September 23, 2008.[2]

Solo Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
CAN
Little Songs
  • Release date: March 17, 1998
  • Label: EMI
19
Morning Orbit
  • Release date: July 31, 2001
  • Label: EMI
9
Hallucinations
  • Release date: September 9, 2003
  • Label: EMI
6
If God Had Curves
  • Release date: April 26, 2005
  • Label: EMI
Strange Birds 10
Wake Up and Say Goodbye
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Maple Music
12
The Mile End Sessions
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Maple Music
18
Songs from the Last Day on Earth
  • Release date: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Maple Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
iTunes Live from Montreal
  • Release date: Jan 13, 2009
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.

Singles[edit]

Title Details Album
Jesus Was My Girl
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: EMI
Little Songs
Forestfire
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: EMI
Little Songs
Black Black Heart
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
A Day In The Life
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
Alone In The Universe
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
Time Of Our Lives
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: EMI
Hallucinations
Galaxy
  • Release date: Feb 10, 2004
  • Label: EMI
Non-album single
Love Will Save the Day
  • Release date: Mar 08, 2005
  • Label: Maple Music
If God Had Curves
The Music
  • Release date: Feb 06, 2007
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Strange Birds
Kill the Lights
  • Release date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Wake Up and Say Goodbye
Kill the Lights (feat. Marie-Mai)
  • Release date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Wake Up and Say Goodbye
I'm Coming Down (Acoustic)
  • Release date: Aug 03, 2010
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
The Mile End Sessions
Je repars (feat. Marie-Mai)
  • Release date: Aug 03, 2010
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
The Mile End Sessions
Everyday Things (feat. Cœur de pirate) (Radio Remix)
  • Release date: Feb 15, 2011
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Non-album single
Tous ces petits gestes (Radio Remix)
  • Release date: Feb 15, 2011
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Non-album single

Videography[edit]

  • Appears in Building a Mystery from Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing (1997)
  • Forestfire from Little Songs (1998)
  • Jesus Was My Girl from Little Songs (1998)
  • St. Lawrence River from Little Songs (1998)
  • Alone in the Universe from Morning Orbit (2001)
  • Black Black Heart V 1.0-2.0 from Morning Orbit (2001)
  • A Day in the Life from Morning Orbit (2002)
  • My Way Out from Morning Orbit (2002)
  • Time of Our Lives from Hallucinations (2003)
  • Surfacing from Hallucinations (2003)
  • Love Will Save The Day from If God Had Curves (May 2005)
  • The Music from Strange Birds (2007)
  • Ugly is Beautiful from Strange Birds (July 2007)
  • Kill the Lights from Wake Up and Say Goodbye (November 2008)
  • Je repars from "The Mile End Sessions" (August 2010)
  • Rice Paper from "Songs from the Last Day on Earth" (October 2012)
  • Partir ailleurs from "Songs from the Last Day on Earth" (October 2012)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LizMars - Musicians in the WarZone
  2. ^ David Usher Tour Schedule. http://www.davidusher.com/tour/, accessed 27 Feb 2008.

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