Bert McCracken

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Bert McCracken
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Background information
Birth name Robert Edward McCracken
Born (1982-02-25) February 25, 1982 (age 36)
Provo, Utah, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • trumpet
  • guitar
  • keyboard
  • synthesizer
  • programming
Labels Reprise, Hopeless
Associated acts The Used, Goldfinger, My Chemical Romance

Robert Edward "Bert" McCracken (born February 25, 1982) is the lead singer and songwriter of the American rock band The Used.

Early life[edit]

McCracken was born in Provo, Utah and grew up in Orem, Utah, and was raised in a Mormon family. He has three sisters (Katie, Melanie, Rachel) and one younger brother (Joseph Taylor). McCracken has stated that he read quite vigorously growing up, due to the influence of his mother who was a school teacher.[1] At age 12, he started playing the trumpet in a local band called "I'm With Stupid". He attended Timpanogos High School for a brief time, before dropping out at 16.

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.[2][3][4] He dropped out of high school; soon after, he left his home at the age of 16. For some time he was homeless until he found enough money for an apartment, moving in with then-girlfriend Kate.[5]

Career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

McCracken appeared on the MTV show The Osbournes while he was dating Kelly Osbourne, to her mother's dismay and disapproval.

In 2004, McCracken's then-pregnant ex-girlfriend Kate died of a drug overdose, as the recording of The Used's second album In Love and Death was coming to a close.[6]

In July 2008, McCracken married his Australian fiancée, Ali Schneider, at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. In July 2013 he announced that he and his wife had relocated from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia,[7] where their first daughter, Cleo Rose McCracken, was born in 2014.[8] Their second child, Minnie Bloom McCracken, was born in 2018.

McCracken has struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism in the past,[9] the former referenced in the song "Bulimic" on The Used's self-titled album.[10] However, he has since overcome his addictions, being sober since 2012.[11]

Bert McCracken has voiced his support for Palestine[12] alongside being critical of aspects of contemporary American culture and society, such as the influence of larger corporations on the music industry; which partly prompted his move to Australia in 2013. His political views were also influential in the lyrical content of The Used's 2014 album Imaginary Enemy.[13]

About a year prior to the recording of The Used's 2017 album The Canyon, McCracken's friend Tregen passed away via suicide which heavily influenced the album's lyrical content.[14][15]

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The Used[edit]

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