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Monahan performing with Train in January 2011.
|Birth name||Patrick Timon Monahan|
February 28, 1969 |
Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, pop, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, saxophone, percussion, harmonica, mandolin, flute, violin, clarinet, trumpet, trombone|
Patrick Thomas "Pat" Monahan (born February 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist for the band Train. He has collaborated with multiple artists, and has recorded a solo album, Last of Seven. He is favorably compared to female contemporaries due to his higher, almost effeminate, vocal range.
Monahan was born and raised in Waterford, Pennsylvania, the son of Jack Monahan, a clothing store owner and musician. He is the youngest of seven children in a family of Irish descent and became an uncle at five. He attended McDowell High School in Millcreek Township. He also attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Monahan began his musical career singing with cover band Rogues Gallery from 1988 to 1990. The band consisted of Monahan (lead vocals, percussion), Mark Emhoff (lead guitar, vocals), Mike Imboden (bass, keyboards, vocals), John McElhenny (drums, vocals) and his brother Matt McElhenny (rhythm guitar, keyboards and vocals), in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. After the dissolution of the band, he left Erie in late 1993 and moved to California, where he met Rob Hotchkiss. While progressing from the SF coffeehouse circuit to the LA club scene, Monahan and Hotchkiss added Jimmy Stafford (guitar), Charlie Colin (bass), and Scott Underwood (drums) to their lineup, thus officially forming Train.
From 1994 to 2006, Monahan released four studio albums with Train. In 2002, the band earned two Grammys, one of them for the song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)", which was written by Monahan and inspired by his late mother, who had died of cancer.
Aside of his work with Train, Monahan also sang additional vocals on the song "Shimmer" with the band Fuel in 2001. In November 2005, he appeared as a guest vocalist on VH1's Decades Rock Live, where he covered Cyndi Lauper's hit single "Time After Time". Later, he took part in Storytellers — The Doors: A Celebration, paying tribute to The Doors by performing "Love Me Two Times".
From 2006 to 2009, Train took a three-year hiatus. Monahan released his first solo album, Last of Seven, on September 18, 2007 and began a nationwide tour supporting it. He followed that tour with a small, intimate acoustic tour, which inspired his Last of Seven Acoustic compilation, available via digital download only. His first solo single, "Her Eyes", made the top 10 of Billboard's Hot AC chart. The album's second single was "Two Ways to Say Goodbye."
On Last of Seven, Monahan duets with folk rock musician Brandi Carlile, with special guest appearances by Richie Sambora and Graham Nash. Monahan worked with Guy Chambers to co-write two songs for Tina Turner's hits album, Tina!: Her Greatest Hits.
In 2009, Train returned to the studio with the critically acclaimed album Save Me, San Francisco. That same year, Monahan and some of his fellow Train bandmates took on small acting roles in the CSI: NY episode "Second Chances". Monahan played the former homeless drug addict Sam Baker (dating Debbie Fallon) who becomes involved in a murder. They performed the song "Hey, Soul Sister" from their new album, and "Calling All Angels".
Despite the success of their new album, Monahan found time to collaborate with other artists in other projects. On April 4, 2010, he performed with The Hollies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as The Hollies were inducted. He sang lead vocals on the song "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress". Next year, he contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby" for the tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, which was released on September 6, 2011.
Monahan also recorded a duet with Martina McBride, singing Train's song "Marry Me". This version of the song is on McBride's eleventh studio album Eleven, released October 11, 2011. He also performed several times with INXS during 2011; first on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and then at a concert at Chateau Ste Michelle. Monahan also appeared on the show The Voice, where he performed "Drops of Jupiter" with contestant Vicci Martinez.
Monahan has sung the U.S. National Anthem at various events:
- August 5, 2007, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
- April 8, 2011, at a home opener of the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
- February 26, 2012, at the 2012 Daytona 500 in Florida.
Monahan is the voice of Driver Dan in the children's show Driver Dan's Story Train, which debuted on Sprout on November 1, 2010. In early 2013, Monahan played the role of Neil Redding in a Season 3 episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0, titled "Paʻani" ("The Game"), which aired on February 18, 2013. Monahan also played the role of Sam Baker a musician in CSI NY.
Monahan has been married twice. He met his first wife, teacher Ginean Rapp, at a nightclub called Sherlock's when he was playing in a cover band called Rogues Gallery. They married in August 1992 and had two children together: Patrick and Emelia. During their marriage, they lived in Fairview Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania and Petaluma, California. Monahan and Rapp divorced in 2006.
|Year||Album details||Peak positions|
|2007||Last of Seven
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US||US Adult||US Country|
|As lead artist|
|2007||"Her Eyes"||110||9||—||Last of Seven|
|As featured artist|
|2010||"The Truth" (with Kris Allen)||—||17||—||Kris Allen|
|2012||"Marry Me" (with Martina McBride)||—||—||45||Eleven|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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