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Chad Kroeger
Kroeger performing in 2016
Kroeger performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameChad Robert Turton
Born (1974-11-15) November 15, 1974 (age 46)
Hanna, Alberta, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1995–present
Associated actsNickelback
(m. 2013; div. 2015)
RelativesHenry Kroeger (grandfather)

Chad Robert Kroeger /ˈkrɡər/[5] ( Turton; born November 15, 1974) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of rock band Nickelback.[6] In addition to his work with Nickelback, Kroeger has been involved with a variety of collaborations, appearing as a guest musician in several songs and has contributed in both production and songwriting. He has co-written several songs for other artists and films.

Early life

Kroeger was born Chad Robert Turton in Hanna, Alberta, on November 15, 1974.[7][8] His maternal grandfather, politician Henry Kroeger, was born in Moscow to a Mennonite family of German descent.[9][10] After his father left the family when he was two, he started going by his mother's maiden name of Kroeger.[9] He learned to play the guitar at age 13.



In the early 1990s, Kroeger was part of a grunge cover band, Village Idiot, with his cousin Brandon Kroeger and future Nickelback members bassist Mike Kroeger (his brother) and singer Ryan Peake. In 1995, Kroeger, Peake, Mike Kroeger, and then drummer Brandon Kroeger,[11] formed the band Nickelback. Kroeger has continued to record and tour with this successful band for more than 20 years.

The Suits XL

In 2001, Kroeger founded the band The Suits XL.[12] Band members included Sam Loubier-Demers and Yohann Gosselin on vocals and guitars, drummer Patrick Paquet, keyboardist Felix-Antoine Berube and singer Oliver Roy de Belleval. The next year, he co-founded the Vancouver-based 604 Records.[7] Later, in 2006, The Suits XL released an album through this label.[12][13] The next year the band was nominated for a Canadian Indie Award.[14]


Kroeger in 2005

Kroeger produced music for the bands Default, Theory of a Deadman, and Bo Bice.[citation needed]

Kroeger, along with Saliva vocalist Josey Scott, Theory of a Deadman lead vocalist (serving as guitarist for this track) Tyler Connolly and Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart, performed the theme song titled "Hero" for the hit movie Spider-Man in 2002. Also in 2002, Kroeger wrote and sang on "Why Don't You & I" for Santana's Shaman. However, when Arista decided to release the song as a single in Summer 2003, Kroeger's label, Roadrunner, refused permission, citing concerns that Kroeger appearing on a "high-profile single" would compromise the excitement over Nickelback's fall 2003 release The Long Road. Kroeger recommended The Calling's Alex Band, another Arista artist, as a replacement for re-recording the single.[15][16]

In 2003, Kroeger won an International Achievement Award for the song "Hero" at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[17]

In 2007, Chad Kroeger worked with Santana for a second time, when he co-wrote and recorded guitar and vocals parts for a new song meant to appear on the compilation album Ultimate Santana. The track is called "Into the Night" and was released as a single on October 2, 2007. The album Ultimate Santana was released in October. Besides working with Santana, Kroeger also recorded with Travis Tritt on his album The Storm, where Tritt did a cover of Nickelback's "Should've Listened" track from The Long Road.

Kroeger also wrote and played guitar on Bo Bice's You're Everything.

Chad Kroeger, Eric Dill, Rune Westberg and Chris Daughtry wrote the debut single of Daughtry's new album.[18] The single, titled "No Surprise", was debuted on American Idol Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Kroeger also helped write another song from the album titled "Life After You." He and Brett James co-wrote Tim McGraw's 2009 single "It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You." Kroeger featured on the Timbaland album Shock Value 2 with the song "Tomorrow in the Bottle", which also features Sebastian. In 2010, he provided guest vocals, along with Ludacris and guest lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, on the My Darkest Days single "Porn Star Dancing." In 2011, Kroeger was featured on the new Steel Panther album Balls Out with the song "It Won't Suck Itself." In early 2012, it was confirmed that Kroeger was working with French-Canadian pop rock singer Avril Lavigne on her upcoming fifth studio album.[19]

Personal life

In 2008, Kroeger was convicted of drunk driving in a British Columbia court after he was stopped for speeding in Surrey.[8][20]

Kroeger started dating fellow Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne on July 1, 2012.[21] The relationship blossomed after they began working together in March 2012 to write and record music for Lavigne's fifth album.[21] Kroeger and Lavigne became engaged in August 2012.[22] The couple married in the south of France on July 1, 2013, which is Canada Day.[21] Lavigne and Kroeger honeymooned in Portofino, Italy. In September 2014, the entertainment media began reporting that Lavigne and Kroeger were headed for separation after only one year of marriage.[23] On September 2, 2015, Lavigne announced their separation via her official Instagram account.[24]

In 2015, the second leg of the band's North American tour had to be canceled so Kroeger could have surgery for a cyst on his larynx. The entire leg of the European tour was cancelled as well.[25][26]



List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(featuring Josey Scott)
2002 1 17 8 3 27 10 7 14 4 3 Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Into the Night"
(Santana featuring Chad Kroeger)
2007 2 4 24 24 50 9 19 24 49 26 Ultimate Santana
"Porn Star Dancing"
(My Darkest Days featuring Chad Kroeger and Zakk Wylde)
2010 40 90 My Darkest Days
"Let Me Go"
(Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger)
2013 12 77 28 57 66 63 78 Avril Lavigne
"Middle of Nowhere"
(Big Wreck featuring Chad Kroeger)
2021 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances

List of guest appearances on other artists' albums, compilation albums, etc.
Title Year Other artist(s) Album Notes
"Why Don't You & I" 2002 Santana Shaman Featured artist on album version only. Replaced by Alex Band on single release.
"Tomorrow in the Bottle" 2009 Timbaland Shock Value II Featuring Sebastian
"Hear Me" 2019 Devin Townsend Empath Also featuring Anneke van Giersbergen and Samus Paulicelli
"Damn!" 2020 Jeris Johnson and Ricky Desktop Single Remix


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