Chris Garneau

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Chris Garneau
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Michael Garneau
Born (1982-11-05) November 5, 1982 (age 36)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Years active2006-present
LabelsAbsolutely Kosher
Fargo Records
Associated actsXiu Xiu

Chris Garneau (Boston, Massachusetts, November 5, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Garneau's sound combines elements of folk, Americana, and pop.[original research?] Since releasing his debut album, Music for Tourists, Garneau has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, and Asia.

Garneau cites Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Nico, and Chan Marshall as influences.[1] He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His second full-length album, titled El Radio was released July 7, 2009, and his third full-length album, Winter Games, was released in 2013. According to his website, his fourth studio album, Yours, will be out in late summer 2018.[2]

Early life[edit]

Garneau, a native of Boston, lived with his family in Paris during grade school, and later New Jersey before moving to New York City. Garneau discovered a love of music at a young age while learning to play piano. After high school, Garneau briefly attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but left after completing one term and moved to Brooklyn. There he began writing music and playing live shows at small venues in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan, including CBGB's Gallery and the Living Room.


Garneau eventually signed with Absolutely Kosher Records, an Emeryville, California-based record label. He was brought to the label by Jamie Stewart and Caralee McElroy of Xiu Xiu. Garneau released his debut album Music for Tourists in October 2006 and on iTunes in January 2007. In March 2007 he did a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon. His next project, an EP called "C-Sides", was released in December 2007.

The soundtrack to season four of TV's Grey's Anatomy includes Garneau's music. The episode "Love/Addiction" features his song "Castle-Time," and the episode "Forever Young" features the song "Black and Blue."[3] The series premiere of Private Practice, "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else," features the song "Sad News."[4] Garneau has also appeared on Logo's NewNowNext Music television show where he talked about Music for Tourists and his video for "Relief".

His cover of Elliott Smith's [5]"Between the Bars" was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's 2011 film The Skin I Live In.

He has been collaborating on a yet-to-be-named musical project with Caralee McElroy.[6]

In 2013, his third full-length, Winter Games, is released. Garneau asked friends to write down their first memories of winter. These memories and his move to rural countryside in the winter subsequently informed his writing for the album.[7] In support of this record, Garneau toured Europe and China a few times, as well as a few North American shows.[8]

In 2014, the soundtrack to the movie The Smell of Us [9] included Garneau's music.

In the Fall of 2016, Garneau relocated to Los Angeles, California and announced he started working on his fourth full-length record in Lyon, France.[10]

In June 2017, he premiered 5 new songs on stage as a quartet in New York City.[11]

Chris Garneau has also scored dance pieces for choreographers such as Jonah Bokaer.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Garneau identifies as gay.[13]



  1. ^ "The Narcissist Issue: Chris Garneau; Hottie Musician With Skills". 2006-09-26. Archived from the original on 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
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  3. ^ Grey's Anatomy Music From "Forever Young"
  4. ^ Private Practice Season 1 Episode 2: "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else" Music
  5. ^ pitchfork review
  6. ^ Chris Garneau: The New Gay Interview. May 27, 2009.
  7. ^ "OMG, a Q&A with Chris Garneau | !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003]". !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003]. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  8. ^ "hello". hello. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  9. ^ IMDB: The Smell of Us (2014)
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  11. ^ "Chris Garneau Setlist at Joe's Pub, New York". Retrieved 2017-08-03.
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  13. ^ Josh (May 9, 2007). "An Interview with Chris Garneau, Indie Music's New Gay Star". Towleroad. Retrieved 5 May 2018.

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