Jeff Hanson

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Jeff Hanson
Jeff Hanson at the Catacombs.jpg
Background information
Born March 3, 1978
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died June 5, 2009(2009-06-05) (aged 31)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Genres Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Acoustic
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano,
Years active 2000-2009
Labels Kill Rock Stars Records
Associated acts M.I.J.
Website www.jeffhanson.net

Jeff Hanson (March 3, 1978 – June 5, 2009) was a singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist[1][2][3] whose voice was described in a 2005 Paste review as an "angelic falsetto, a cross between Alison Krauss and Art Garfunkel that is often (understandably) mistaken for a female contralto."

Hanson's vocal style is sometimes compared to Elliott Smith's singing manner.[4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Hanson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin.[7] In a lengthy interview for the now defunct daily online magazine Splendind he said:[8]

"I grew up in a musical house. My parents were big music fans. And luckily for me, they were fans of really good 1960s bands like the Beatles and the Stones and the Kinks and the Who and all those bands that had such an influence, that just hit me hard at a really young age. All this really good music. You know, 26 years later, I'm still listening to it all and still liking it very much. Saturday night at my house, when I was a kid, would be record night. It would be my dad picking out all these records, and we would play them until... well, until bedtime. And that was, like, every Saturday night. So music was just such a big part of me growing up."

He started learning guitar at four years old and was involved in musical theatre at 10, then shortly afterwards joined a boy's choir for 3 years.[9] By the age of 13 formed the emo/indie rock band M.I.J.[10] with bandmates Ryan Scheife (bass) and Mike Kennedy (drums). The band released a 7" on One Percent Records, an EP and a full album on Caulfield Records and remained active for seven years.[11]

Career[edit]

He began a solo career in 2003 and was the first artist to be signed to Kill Rock Stars Records after sending in an unsolicited demo tape.[12] He released three albums for the label, Son in 2003 and Jeff Hanson in 2005 recorded at Presto! Recording Studios with AJ Mogis and Mike Mogis.[13] His third album titled Madam Owl was released on August 19, 2008.

The song "Hiding Behind the Moon" was used in the episode 6 of the first season of the TV series Nip/Tuck.

A previously unpublished song "Daylight" appeared on the compilation The Sound the Hare Heard in 2006.[14]

Personal life and death[edit]

In 2005 Hanson married Megan Anzelc, credited on his two albums "Son" with piano and electric piano, as well as "Jeff Hanson" with accordion, keyboards and piano.[15][16] They divorced in 2008.[17]

Hanson was found dead by his parents on June 5, 2009 in his St. Paul apartment into which he had recently moved.[18] The cause of death was mixed drug toxicity. The medical examiner's office was unable to determine if the death was accidental or intentional.[19][20]

Discography[edit]

  • 1995 Chewed Smooth Center (as part of the band M.I.J.)
  • 1996 300 Miles (7") (as part of the band M.I.J.)
  • 1999 M.I.J. (EP) (as part of the band M.I.J.)
  • 2000 Radio Goodnight (as part of the band M.I.J.)
  • 2003 Devil In The Woods (EP) (Limited edition of 777 copies. Exclusive to Devil In The Woods Magazine issue 5.3.)
  • 2003 Son
  • 2005 Jeff Hanson
  • 2008 Madam Owl

References[edit]

  1. ^ Son CD - Kill Rock Stars Press Release no 388 - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  2. ^ Jeff Hanson: Haunting Songs, interview by Jane Kelly - http://www.splendidmagazine.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  3. ^ Jeff Hanson on Allmusic.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  4. ^ Review of "Jeff Hanson" album by Michael Pollock - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  5. ^ Jeff Hanson: Haunting Songs, interview by Jane Kelly - http://www.splendidmagazine.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  6. ^ Review of "Madame Owl" on Allmusic.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  7. ^ Son CD - Kill Rock Stars Press Release no 388 - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  8. ^ "Jeff Hanson: Haunting Songs, interview by Jane Kelly". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Son CD - Kill Rock Stars Press Release no 388 - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  10. ^ Artist's bio on Amazon.co.uk - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  11. ^ Artist's bio on Amazon.co.uk - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  12. ^ R.I.P. Jeff Hanson by Amy Phillips - pitchfork.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  13. ^ Jeff Hanson: Haunting Songs, interview by Jane Kelly - http://www.splendidmagazine.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  14. ^ Various Artists - The Sound the Hare Heard - Kill Rock Stars Press Release no 449 - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  15. ^ Jeff Hanson: Haunting Songs, interview by Jane Kelly - http://www.splendidmagazine.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  16. ^ Jeff Hanson on Discogs - http://www.discogs.com - Retrieved on 12 April 2014
  17. ^ St. Paul singer-songwriter Jeff Hanson, 31, found dead - StarTribune.com - Retrieved on 20 April 2013
  18. ^ St. Paul songwriter Jeff Hanson, 31, found dead - StarTribune.com - Retrieved on 6 June 2009
  19. ^ Singer Jeff Hanson died from 'mixed drug toxicity' - StarTribune.com - Retrieved on 27 July 2009
  20. ^ St. Paul singer-songwriter Jeff Hanson, 31, found dead - StarTribune.com - Retrieved on 20 April 2013

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