Adam Gontier

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Adam Gontier
Gontier in October 2015
Adam Wade Gontier

(1978-05-25) May 25, 1978 (age 45)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Years active1992–present
  • Naomi Faith Brewer
    (m. 2004; div. 2013)
  • Jeanie Marie Larsen
    (m. 2015)
RelativesCale Gontier (cousin)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Member ofSaint Asonia
Formerly of

Adam Wade Gontier (born May 25, 1978) is a Canadian singer and musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia,[7] but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.[8] Gontier left Three Days Grace on January 9, 2013.[9] In addition to his work with Three Days Grace and Saint Asonia, he has been involved in collaborations with other bands including Art of Dying, Apocalyptica, Breaking Benjamin, Skillet and Thousand Foot Krutch.[10]

Early life[edit]

Gontier was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada on May 25, 1978, the youngest of four brothers. He was raised in Markham, Ontario.[11][12] Shortly after his parents divorced, he moved back to the Peterborough area, where he initially attended Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute.[11] In 1992, he moved to the Norwood area, and attended Norwood District High School, where he met and befriended Three Days Grace members Neil Sanderson and Brad Walst.[13] Gontier's mother was a jazz piano player and was an influence to him as a musician.[14]

Gontier began writing songs at the age of 14 and was influenced by bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. He also cites inspiration from the Seattle music scene.[15] Gontier has stated that he uses music "as an outlet and release for emotions and feelings."[16]

Notable works and collaborations[edit]

Outside of Three Days Grace, Gontier has also written and collaborated with numerous writers, musicians and bands. Some of his collaborations include Daughtry, Ian Thornley, Max Martin, Shaun Morgan, Ben Burnley, Art of Dying, Before the Curtain, and fellow musicians and long time friends Kevin Brown, Grainne Ryan, and Kim Brown.[10]

He has also contributed to a number of other albums. He contributed vocals and musical arrangement on "I Don't Care" on Apocalyptica's album, Worlds Collide in 2007.[10]

Gontier was also featured on the track "Raining" by fellow Canadian band Art of Dying on their album Vices and Virtues.[10] His cousin, Cale Gontier, is the bass player for Art of Dying.[11][17]

In 2006, Gontier was a member of the rock supergroup Big Dirty Band along with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Jeff Burrows, Ian Thornley and Care Failure, covering "I Fought the Law", as part of the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack.[18][19]

In 2009, Adam Gontier worked with Daughtry on their second studio album Leave This Town. The song "Back Again" was featured on the physical copy of Daughtry's Leave This Town: The B-Sides EP.[20]

Gontier performing live with Three Days Grace in 2010

In 2011, Gontier created the record label, Sludge Factory Records, and has signed three acts, one of which is fellow Peterborough band, Before the Curtain.[21]

On January 9, 2013, Gontier resigned from Three Days Grace.[22] He left as the band was about to embark on a co-headlining tour.[22] Matt Walst from My Darkest Days, the brother of bassist Brad Walst, became the new lead singer.[23]

During 2015, Gontier worked with Staind guitarist Mike Mushok on a supergroup called Saint Asonia. The band released their self-titled, debut album on July 31, 2015.[24]

On January 24, 2020, Breaking Benjamin released their compilation album, Aurora, that included Gontier on the track "Dance with the Devil".[10] In 2021, Gontier released a song for PUBG Mobile titled, "Tidal Wave".

On April 19, 2023, Gontier reunited with Three Days Grace to perform "Never Too Late" and "Riot".[25] Gontier formed a new project called Diviidedby in April 2023.[26]

Solo career[edit]

Gontier joined singer and songwriter Martin Sexton on the road during his 2012 "Fall Like Rain" tour, providing opening support as a solo artist.[27] He also joined Citizen Cope for a few shows as a solo act.[28] Gontier continued to do shows and concerts as a solo artist. Several songs have been released, but not as singles. In early March 2013, Gontier publicly announced and launched his Adam Gontier Solo Live Tour.[4]


Gontier performing live in 2017

In 2004, Gontier was named on Chart Attack magazine's "20 Sexiest Canadian Musicians" list.[29] In 2006, Gontier and Three Days Grace won the Billboard Music Awards for Rock Single of the Year.[30] In 2008, Gontier won the BMI Pop Awards.[31] Michael Bell handed him the "Big Time Award", at the 2012 "Wire Awards". Gontier was inducted into the Norwood District High School Hall of Honor in July 2022 along with Brad and Matt Walst.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Gontier married Naomi Faith Brewer in 2004. The couple divorced in 2013. He married Jeanie Marie Larsen in March 2015.[11][33] As of 2023, he resides in Nashville, Tennessee.[34]

In 2005, he went into rehabilitation at the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto, where he wrote many of the songs for One-X, including "Never Too Late", which was co-written by Adam's ex-wife, Naomi Faith Brewer. Both Gontier and Brewer wrote the video for the song, and she also appears in the video. While in CAMH in Toronto, Gontier wrote "Pain", "Animal I Have Become", "Get Out Alive", "Over and Over", and "Gone Forever".[35][16] A docu-drama about his addiction, Behind the Pain, was released in 2007.[35][36]

Gontier has been open about his struggles with mental health.[37] He stated that he relapsed in 2017 and went into a treatment center. Since then, Gontier has been sober and stated that he has "no plans on going back to a dark place anytime soon."[38]


with Three Days Grace

with Saint Asonia


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Tidal Wave"[39] 2021 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
"I Don't Care"
(Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier)
2008 59 13 78 Worlds Collide
(Cevilain featuring Adam Gontier)
2021 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2007 "I Don't Care" Apocalyptica Worlds Collide Composer, featured artist[44]
2011 "Raining" Art of Dying Vices and Virtues Composer, featured artist[45]
2020 "Dance with the Devil" Breaking Benjamin Aurora Featured artist[46]
2021 "Wars" Cevilain N/A Featured artist[47]
2023 "Finish Line" Skillet Dominion Featured artist[48]


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