David Usher

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David Usher
David Usher 2012.jpg
Usher in May 2012
Background information
Born (1966-04-24) April 24, 1966 (age 49)
Oxford, England
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Rock, pop
Years active 1992–present
Labels Universal Music, Capitol
Website davidusher.com

David Usher (born April 24, 1966) is a British-born Canadian musician, best selling author, keynote speaker and activist.

Biography[edit]

David Usher was born in Oxford, England to a Thai Buddhist, artist Samphan Usher, and a Jewish Montrealer, Dan Usher, who is a professor of economics at Queen's University. He has lived in various places such as Malaysia, New York City, California and Thailand since early childhood, before his family settled in Kingston, Ontario. He attended high school at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute.[citation needed] Usher attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, majoring in political science.[citation needed] Usher has been involved in such causes as War Child Canada, White Ribbon Campaign and Amnesty International.[citation needed] Usher is featured in the 2001 MuchMusic special Musicians in the WarZone, a humanitarian documentary directed by filmmaker Liz Marshall.[1] In it Usher journeys to the northern border of Thailand to visit a large Burmese refugee community. As a musician he has sold more than 1.4 million albums and performed all over the world. He has had #1 singles singing in English, French and Thai.

When Usher is not making music, he is equally passionate about using technology to build new and interesting businesses. His company, Cloudid Creativity Labs brings together artists, designers and programmers to work on a vast range of innovative projects, from building engagement platforms to creative consulting. Usher is on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty.[2] Usher writes about the impact of exponentiality and the second machine age on business and society at his site Human Metrics. His new book on creativity and the creative process, Let the Elephants Run is out now.

Solo discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
CAN
Little Songs 19
Morning Orbit
  • Release date: July 31, 2001
  • Label: EMI
9
Hallucinations
  • Release date: September 9, 2003
  • Label: EMI
6
If God Had Curves
  • Release date: April 26, 2005
  • Label: EMI
Strange Birds 10
Wake Up and Say Goodbye
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Maple Music
12
The Mile End Sessions
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Maple Music
18
Songs from the Last Day on Earth
  • Release date: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Maple Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
iTunes Live from Montreal
  • Release date: Jan 13, 2009
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.

Singles[edit]

Title Details Album
Jesus Was My Girl
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: EMI
Little Songs
St Lawrence River
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: EMI
Little Songs
Forestfire
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: EMI
Little Songs
Black Black Heart
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
A Day In The Life
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
My Way Out
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
Alone In The Universe
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: EMI
Morning Orbit
Time Of Our Lives
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: EMI
Hallucinations
Galaxy
  • Release date: Feb 10, 2004
  • Label: EMI
Non-album single
Love Will Save the Day
  • Release date: Mar 08, 2005
  • Label: Maple Music
If God Had Curves
The Music
  • Release date: Feb 06, 2007
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Strange Birds
Kill the Lights
  • Release date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Wake Up and Say Goodbye
Kill the Lights (feat. Marie-Mai)
  • Release date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Wake Up and Say Goodbye
I'm Coming Down (Acoustic)
  • Release date: Aug 03, 2010
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
The Mile End Sessions
Je repars (feat. Marie-Mai)
  • Release date: Aug 03, 2010
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
The Mile End Sessions
Everyday Things (feat. Cœur de pirate) (Radio Remix)
  • Release date: Feb 15, 2011
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Non-album single
Tous ces petits gestes (Radio Remix)
  • Release date: Feb 15, 2011
  • Label: Evil Empire Inc.
Non-album single

Videography[edit]

  • Appears in Building a Mystery from Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing (1997)
  • Forestfire from Little Songs (1998)
  • Jesus Was My Girl from Little Songs (1998)
  • St. Lawrence River from Little Songs (1998)
  • Alone in the Universe from Morning Orbit (2001)
  • Black Black Heart V 1.0-2.0 from Morning Orbit (2001)
  • A Day in the Life from Morning Orbit (2002)
  • My Way Out from Morning Orbit (2002)
  • Time of Our Lives from Hallucinations (2003)
  • Surfacing from Hallucinations (2003)
  • Love Will Save The Day from If God Had Curves (May 2005)
  • The Music from Strange Birds (2007)
  • Ugly is Beautiful from Strange Birds (July 2007)
  • Kill the Lights from Wake Up and Say Goodbye (November 2008)
  • Je repars from "The Mile End Sessions" (August 2010)
  • Rice Paper from "Songs from the Last Day on Earth" (October 2012)
  • Partir ailleurs from "Songs from the Last Day on Earth" (October 2012)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MUSICIANS IN THE WARZONE". LizMars Productions Inc. 
  2. ^ "About". David Usher. 

External links[edit]