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McCracken at Warped Tour 2004.
|Birth name||Robert Edward McCracken|
February 25, 1982 |
|Genres||Alternative rock, emo, post-hardcore, hard rock, punk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, trumpet, guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, programming|
|Associated acts||The Used, I'm With Stupid, My Chemical Romance, Street Drum Corps, Goldfinger, Black Veil Brides|
Robert Edward "Bert" McCracken (born February 25, 1982) is the lead singer and songwriter of the American rock band The Used.
McCracken was born in Provo but grew up in Orem, Utah, US, and was raised in a Mormon family. He has three sisters (Katie, Melanie, Rachel) and one younger brother (Joseph Taylor). He attended Timpanogos High School for a brief time, before dropping out at 16. Before joining The Used, he played the trumpet in a local band called I'm With Stupid, starting at age 12.
Eldest son of the household, Bert enjoyed a happy home life as a child, but as he grew into a teenager his and his parents' views conflicted. He rebelled against his parents and against their Mormon religion by going to other churches. As a teenager Bert was against drugs and he edited a straight-edge magazine, "Drugs Suck," until engaging in a physical bout with fellow straight edgers, thus driving the drifting 15-year-old in a different direction, culminating in drug experimentation. He became addicted to crystal meth. He dropped out of high school; soon after, he was kicked out of the house at the age of 16. For some time he was homeless until he found enough money for an apartment, moving in with girlfriend Kate. Bert credits his childhood best friend John Schueler with keeping him sane during this tough time. In January 2001, when the band called Dumb Luck (which later became The Used, then consisting of Quinn, Jeph and Branden) were looking for a singer, Quinn remembered Bert and he was invited to try out. After being given music that the band had written without words, Bert wrote the lyrics to what would become "Maybe Memories" and returned the next day with a newly recorded version of the song. The band welcomed him immediately, and renamed themselves "Used". They were eventually discovered by John Feldmann and signed to Reprise Records; they became "The Used" when it was discovered that a Boston band had already trademarked the name "Used". On June 25, 2002 they released their self-titled debut album.
Outside of Music
In 2004, McCracken's ex-girlfriend died of a drug overdose while pregnant with his child.
In July 2008, he married his Australian fianceé, Alison Schneider, at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. In 2013, Bert announced that he and his wife have relocated from Los Angeles, to Sydney, Australia. Bert has one daughter, Cleopatra Rose McCracken, born in Sydney Australia in 2013.
- 2002: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Open Your Eyes" – Open Your Eyes
- 2002: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Spokesman" – Open Your Eyes
- 2002: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Woodchuck" – Open Your Eyes
- 2004: My Chemical Romance featuring Bert McCracken – "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison" – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
- 2004: Linkin Park featuring Bert McCracken – "Faint" (Live) on Projekt Revolution
- 2005: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Ocean Size" – Disconnection Notice
- 2005: Street Drum Corps and Bert McCracken – "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)" – Taste of Christmas
- 2006: The Distance featuring Bert McCracken – "At Least I'm Good at Something" – The Rise And Fall And Everything in Between
- 2008: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken and Monique Powell – "Handjobs For Jesus" – Hello Destiny
- 2013: Black Veil Brides featuring Bert McCracken – "Days Are Numbered" – Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones
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