Gallant (singer)

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Gallant
Birth name Christopher Gallant
Born (1991-11-14) November 14, 1991 (age 26)
Columbia, MD , United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website gallant.space

Christopher Gallant (born November 14, 1991), better known as Gallant, is an American singer and songwriter from Columbia, Maryland, signed to Mind of a Genius Records and Warner Bros. Records. He self-released his debut EP, Zebra in 2014.

His debut studio album, Ology, was released worldwide in April 2016 and received critical acclaim for his songwriting and vocal prowess.

Early life and education[edit]

Gallant was born in Washington, D.C. When he was in elementary school, he and his family moved to Columbia, Maryland where he attended Atholton High School. He started recording songs during middle school. He was influenced by R&B artists and then later alternative rock while growing up.[1]

In 2013, he graduated from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study[2] where he studied music.[3][4]

Career[edit]

In the fall of 2013, Gallant moved to Los Angeles, California to work on a career in music.[4]

In 2014, he self-released his debut EP, Zebra, which he describes as "a sonic diary about dealing with the aftermath of New York". Soon thereafter, he was discovered by Mind of a Genius Records founder David Dann.[3]

In 2015, his single, "Weight in Gold", was played by Zane Lowe on Beats1's first air date in June 2015.[5] The same year Gallant toured with Sufjan Stevens on his North American tour, where he performed 18 shows throughout the country.[6] Following the debut of "Weight in Gold" and a North American tour with Sufjan Stevens, Gallant was named one of 15 artists that Spotify believed were destined to "breakout" in 2016.[7] He is also featured in Zhu's (another Mind of a Genius Records artist) "Testarossa Music" from the Genesis Series EP.[8] Gallant was also announced as the opener for Zhu's "Neon City" tour, spanning April and May in venues throughout America, beginning with Coachella.[9] On February 5, 2016, Gallant and Jhené Aiko released their first collaborative song, "Skipping Stones." The track was produced by Adrian Younge and co-produced by Stint (a frequent producer for Gallant), and features Gallant's signature falsetto style with specks of bold vocals and Jhené's signature soothing, a cappella-esque vocals. The song is licensed under Red Bull Media House and featured in its Red Bull Sound Select collection along with the B-side "Borderline".[10] Gallant performed both weekends of Coachella in 2016, which Billboard named the number one moment of the entire festival.[11] Weekend one included a surprise appearance from Seal, where the pair performed Seal's song "Crazy" and Gallant's song "Weight in Gold". The following weekend, included a surprise appearance from Jhené Aiko where the pair performed their collaboration "Skipping Stones".[12]

In the Room[edit]

On January 6, 2016, Gallant debuted the first episode of his new series In the Room with Sufjan Stevens. The pair performed Stevens' song "Blue Bucket of Gold".[13] Gallant partnered with Spotify for the second episode, which featured Seal and premiered on March 9, 2016. Gallant and Seal performed Gallant's hit song "Weight in Gold". At the end of the episode, Seal claimed that he was Gallant's biggest fan.[14] For the third episode, Gallant covered Janet Jackson's "I Get Lonely" with Jack Garratt.[15] Gallant's next collaboration was with John Legend, on Legend's song "Overload"[16] Gallant's next collaborations were with Andra Day and Dua Lipa for the fifth and sixth episodes respectively.

Gallant described the In the Room series as "an ongoing collaborative project – a chance to both pay tribute to and create something special with the artists that have inspired me the most".[17]

Ology[edit]

Gallant's debut studio album, Ology, was released on April 6, 2016 by Mind of a Genius Records.[18][19] The album received critical acclaim, including a rating of 7.5/10 from Pitchfork,[20] a rating 4/5 from The Guardian, which states, “If this is what R&B’s future looks like it’s brighter than ever”.[21] Also, Entertainment Weekly named Ology one of the 25 best albums of 2016 (so far).[22] The album was given praise given for his distinct and diverse sound, voice, and lyricism.[23]

On May 12, 2016, Gallant made his national television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Gallant performed "Weight in Gold", which ended with a standing ovation from the audience. Fallon ended the show praising Gallant's performance with the quote, “Oh my goodness! I told you… Watch out for this guy [GALLANT]!”.[24]

In September 2016, Gallant performed "Bourbon" and "Weight in Gold" for the BBC on Later... with Jools Holland.[25] On December 2, 2016, Gallant was a Special Artist at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, singing "Weight In Gold."

In January 2017, he was chosen as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and on January 11, appeared on and performed "Weight in Gold" live on NBC's Today show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb.[26] On January 26, he released "Cave Me In" in collaboration with Epik High's Tablo and Eric Nam.[27]. In the spring of 2017, he performed as the opening act on John Legend's Darkness and Light tour.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
R&B/
HH

[28]
US
R&B

[29]
US
Heat.

[30]
US
Ind.

[31]
UK
R&B

[32]
Ology 39 18 17 50 34

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Zebra[33]
  • Released: May 2, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Adult
R&B

[34]
US
R&B/HH
Airplay

[35]
"Please? (Vignette)"[36] 2013 Non-album single
"If It Hurts"[37] Zebra EP
"Blue Bucket of Gold"[38]
(featuring Sufjan Stevens)
2016 Non-album single
"Skipping Stones"[39]
(featuring Jhené Aiko)
Ology
"Boderline"[39]
"Talking in Your Sleep"[40]
"Weight in Gold"[41]
(solo or featuring Seal)
21
"Talking to Myself"[42]
"Cave Me In"[43]
(with Tablo and Eric Nam)
2017 Non-album single
"Bourbon"[44]
(featuring Saba and Lophiile)
"In the Room: Cruisin'"[45]
(with Andra Day)
"Gentleman"[46] 2018 TBA
"Doesn't Matter"[47] 10 40
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Holding Back"[48]
(SG Lewis featuring Gallant)
2016 Yours EP
"Constantly Dissatisfied"[49]
(Niia featuring Gallant)
2018 I

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Testarossa Music"[50] 2015 ZHU Genesis Series EP
"Tears Dry on Their Own"[51] 2018 Dua Lipa Live Acoustic EP

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2017 Ology Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album[52] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Case, Wesley (July 22, 2015). "Rising R&B singer Gallant on 'Weight in Gold' and growing up in Columbia". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ This Is Gallant's Golden Moment
  3. ^ a b Bain, Katie (July 8, 2015). "Gallant Played a Show for 10 People, But Two of Them Helped Launch His Career". LA Weekly. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Luke, Winkie (December 2, 2015). "Meet Gallant, a Rising Artist With a Voice of Gold". Red Bull. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Medved, Matt (June 30, 2015). "Gallant Premieres 'Weight in Gold' as Zane Lowe's First World Exclusive on Apple Music". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Payne, Chris (2 November 2015). "Watch Sufjan Stevens & Gallant Cover Drake's 'Hotline Bling'". Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  7. ^ Klinkenberg, Brendan (3 December 2015). "15 Artists Spotify Thinks Will Be Huge Next Year". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "ZHU x Gallant - Testarossa Music (Audio)". Youtube. October 1, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ "ZHU Announces First Headlining Tour 'Neon City'". This Song is Sick. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Gallant - Skipping Stones feat. Jhené Aiko (prod. by Adrian Younge, co-prod. by Stint)". SoundCloud. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ "11 Best Moments From Coachella 2016". Billboard. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Miller, Jeff (23 April 2016). "Jhene Aiko Reminsces About Dancing With Prince During One of His 2011 Concerts". Billboard. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Bacle, Ariana (6 January 2016). "See Gallant & Sufjan Stevens collaborate for new Spotify series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Minsker, Evan (10 March 2016). "Gallant Duets With Seal on "Weight in Gold"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Getz, Dana (10 August 2016). "Jack Garratt, Gallant cover Janet Jacksons I Get Lonely". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  16. ^ Horn, Rachel (23 May 2017). "Watch John Legend and Gallant Duet on 'Overload'". NPR Music. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  17. ^ Gallant. "In the Room". Gallant. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Monroe, Jazz; Matera, C.G. (2 March 2016). "Gallant Announces Ology LP, Shares "Bourbon"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ology - Gallant". iTunes. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  20. ^ Moore, Marcus J. (12 April 2016). "Gallant: Ology Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  21. ^ Bakare, Lanre (2016-05-26). "Gallant: Ology review – a vision of the future of R&B". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  22. ^ Goodman, Jessica; O'Donnell, Kevin; Greenblatt, Leah; Renner Brown, Eric; Feeney, Nolan; Vain, Madison (26 May 2016). "The 25 best albums of 2016 (so far)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  23. ^ Cox, Jamieson (6 April 2016). "Gallant and dvsn's debut albums are two wildly different takes on alt-R&B". The Verge. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Gallant Makes Television Debut to a Standing O on 'Tonight Show'". Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  25. ^ "Episode 2 - Series 49". Later... with Jools Holland. BBC Two. 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "Watch Gallant perform 'Weight in Gold' live on TODAY". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  27. ^ Herman, Tamar (January 27, 2017). "Tablo & Eric Nam Discuss Gallant Collab "Cave Me In"". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Gallant Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Gallant Chart History: Top R&B Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Gallant Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Gallant Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40: 15 April 2016 — 21 April 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Zebra by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Gallant Chart History: Adult R&B Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Gallant Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Please? (Vignette) - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  37. ^ "If It Hurts - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  38. ^ "Blue Bucket of Gold (feat. Sufjan Stevens) by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  39. ^ a b "Skipping Stones (feat. Jhené Aiko) / Boderline - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  40. ^ "Talking in Your Sleep - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  41. ^ "Weight in Gold (feat. Seal) - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  42. ^ "Talking to Myself (Big Wild Remix) - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  43. ^ "Cave Me In - Single by Gallant x Tablo x Eric Nam on Apple Music". Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  44. ^ "Bourbon (feat. Saba & Lophiile) - Single on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  45. ^ "In the Room: Cruisin' - Single by Gallant & Andra Day". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  46. ^ "Gentleman - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  47. ^ "Doesn't Matter - Single by Gallant on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  48. ^ "Holding Back (feat. Gallant) [Remixes] - Single by SG Lewis on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  49. ^ "Constantly Dissatisfied (feat. Gallant) by Niia on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  50. ^ "Genesis Series - EP by ZHU on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  51. ^ "Live Acoustic - EP by Dua Lipa on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  52. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 

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