John Grant (musician)
John Grant performing at The Leadmill, Sheffield, on 29 July 2010.
|Birth name||John Grant|
|Genres||Folk, alternative rock, indie rock|
|Labels||Bella Union Partisan USA, Sena Iceland|
|Associated acts||The Czars, Midlake|
John Grant (born 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.
Prior to forming The Czars, Grant aspired to be a translator in Germany before realising that his English skills were poor and he would be unable to have the job he desired.
Released on April 6, 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.
Grant is currently living in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he worked throughout 2012 on his second solo album with Birgir Þórarinsson, a.k.a. Biggi Veira of Iceland's electronic pioneers Gus Gus. Pale Green Ghosts was released on March 11, 2013.
Personal life 
John Grant is openly gay. In the album Pale Green Ghosts, he sings about being HIV-positive in the track "Ernest Borgnine", and several other tracks refer to his youth and to a former boyfriend.
In popular culture 
- Several of his songs from his album Queen of Denmark are used in the 2011 movie Weekend.
- 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.
- 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
- with The Czars
- 2000: "Val"
- 2002: "Side Effect"
- 2002: "X Would Rather Listen"
- 2004: "Paint the Moon"
- 2013: "GMF"
- "John Grant getting his sad mojo working". Toronto Star, December 3, 2010.
- The Czars - an interview with John William Grant by Martin Williams
- Dranouter, Program 2011. "Dranouter Program". Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- LISTEN: John Grant's 'Pale Green Ghosts'. Out, January 30, 2013.
- "Hercules & Love Affair – Review". The Guardian, August 8, 2012.
- "John Grant: 'I wanted to let some of the anger out'" - Interview by Dorian Lynskey. The Guardian, March 3, 2013.
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