Kevin Griffin

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Kevin Griffin
Griffin in 2010
Griffin in 2010
Background information
Birth nameKevin Michael Griffin[1]
Born (1968-10-01) October 1, 1968 (age 52)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active1988–present
Associated actsBetter Than Ezra, Barenaked Ladies

Kevin Michael Griffin[1] (born October 1, 1968) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the American rock band Better Than Ezra.[3]

Griffin formed the alternative rock band Better Than Ezra in 1988. The band had great success in the 1990s with hits such as "Good", "In the Blood", and "Desperately Wanting", and has continued in the 2000s with hits such as "Extra Ordinary", "A Lifetime", and "Juicy". They continue to tour and produce new recordings, the most recent of which is All Together Now, released in September 2014. As a singer and performer, Griffin is known for singing in falsetto, inviting audience members onstage to play guitar, and interrupting his own songs with verses of well-known rock songs. He is a skilled mimic, imitating singers from Aaron Neville to Bruce Springsteen.

Kevin Griffin released his first solo album, entitled Anywhere You Go,[4] on October 4, 2019, playing several dates to support it throughout the end of the year.

Personal life[edit]

Griffin grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and attended River Oaks High School there. He received a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in political science from Louisiana State University in 1990.[3] There he became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He took the LSAT with the intention of pursuing a law degree and working in entertainment law.[3] Griffin took a job with Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles during the early 1990s,[3] before Better Than Ezra achieved commercial success.

Griffin and his family largely resided in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.[5] Griffin purchased a home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles in July 2006,[5] but after a few years in L.A. he discovered that many of the artists he wanted to collaborate with, e.g., Jason Mraz and James Blunt, were working out of Nashville.[6] In 2011, he sold his house and moved to Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, to be closer to a more prosperous songwriting market.[7]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Griffin has also produced, written, and co-written songs for other artists, such as Sugarland, James Blunt, Christina Perri, Taylor Swift, Train, Howie Day, Missy Higgins, Daniel Powter, Augustana, Debbie Harry, and Josh Radin. Griffin is credited with having co-written "Stuck Like Glue", the Mediabase #1 single from the 2010 Sugarland album, The Incredible Machine, as well as their subsequent single "Tonight". Most recently, Griffin co-wrote Tristan Prettyman's top ten single, "My Oh My". He also co-wrote and co-produced James Blunt's "I'll Be Your Man" from his recent Some Kind of Trouble album. Griffin co-wrote the Top 40 hit "Collide" with Howie Day. He also co-wrote four tracks on Missy Higgins' debut album, The Sound of White, which included the hit "Scar." The album went ten times platinum in Australia. Griffin also co-wrote Tristan Prettyman's single "Madly," and "Avalanche" on the self-titled, major-label debut of American Idol winner David Cook. Other recent artists Griffin has worked with include The Secret Sisters, A Rocket to the Moon, Boys Like Girls, Megan and Liz, Skillet, Shinedown, and Hot Chelle Rae. He co-wrote three songs with Barenaked Ladies frontman, Ed Robertson, on their 2013 album Grinning Streak, two songs on their 2015 album Silverball, and four on their 2017 album Fake Nudes.

Year Artist Song Album Credit
2003 Blondie "Good Boys" The Curse of Blondie Co-Writer
Howie Day "Collide" Stop All the World Now Co-Writer
"Perfect Time of Day" Co-Writer
"Sunday Morning Song" Co-Writer
Meat Loaf "Testify" Couldn't Have Said It Better Writer
2004 Graham Colton Band "Cigarette" Drive Co-Writer
"Cut" Co-Writer
"First Week" Co-Writer
"How Low (Breakdown)" Co-Writer
"Morning Light" Co-Writer
Missy Higgins "Don't Ever" The Sound of White Co-Writer
"Scar" Co-Writer
"Unbroken" Co-Writer
2005 Josh Kelley "Lover Come Up" Almost Honest Co-Writer
2006 Val Emmich "Absolutely Still" Sunlight Searchparty Co-Writer
2007 Graham Colton "New Year's Resolution" Here Right Now Co-Writer
Ingram Hill "Four Letter Word" Cold in California Co-Writer
"Impossible" Co-Writer
Jeremy Lister "Fit" Just One Day EP Co-Writer
"Just One Day" Co-Writer
Jon McLaughlin "Human" Indiana Co-Writer
2008 David Cook "Avalanche" David Cook Co-Writer
I Nine "Don't Wanna" Heavy Weighs the King Co-Writer
Joshua Radin "Free of Me" Simple Times Co-Writer
Lenka "Knock Knock" Lenka Co-Writer
Tristan Prettyman "Madly" Hello...x Co-Writer
2009 Howie Day "Be There" Sound the Alarm Co-Writer
"Longest Night" Co-Writer
"Sound the Alarm" Co-Writer
"Undressed" Co-Writer
Train "I Got You" Save Me, San Francisco Co-Writer
2010 Taylor Swift Breathless Hope for Haiti Now Writer
James Blunt I'll Be Your Man Some Kind of Trouble Co-Writer
Sugarland Stuck Like Glue The Incredible Machine Co-Writer
Sugarland Tonight The Incredible Machine Co-Writer
2011 Augustana Counting Stars Augustana Co-Writer
David Cook Fade into Me This Loud Morning Co-Writer
Howie Day Ceasefire Ceasefire EP Co-Writer
Howie Day Isn't It Obvious Ceasefire EP Co-Writer
Howie Day Oxygen Ceasefire EP Co-Writer
Il Volo This Time Il Volo (International Version) Co-Writer
2012 Boys Like Girls Crazy World Crazy World Co-Writer
Daniel Powter Cupid Turn on the Lights Co-Writer
Daniel Powter The Day We Never Met Turn on the Lights Co-Writer
Missy Higgins Hello Hello The Ol' Razzle Dazzle Co-Writer
Tristan Prettyman My Oh My Cedar + Gold Co-Writer
2013 A Rocket to the Moon Whole Lotta You Wild & Free Co-Writer
A Rocket to the Moon You're My Song Wild & Free Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies Did I Say That Out Loud? Grinning Streak Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies Gonna Walk Grinning Streak Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies Odds Are Grinning Streak Co-Writer
James Blunt Kiss This Love Goodbye Moon Landing (Deluxe Edition) Co-Writer
James Blunt Telephone Moon Landing (Deluxe Edition) Co-Writer
2014 Christina Perri Lonely Child Head or Heart Co-Writer
Christina Perri One Night Head or Heart Co-Writer
JT Hodges Already High TBA Co-Writer
Megan and Liz Night of Our Lives Simple Life Co-Writer
2015 Barenaked Ladies Get Back Up Silverball Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies Duct Tape Heart Silverball Co-Writer
2015 David Cook Home Movies (Over Your Shoulder) Digital Vein Co-Writer
2017 Barenaked Ladies Canada Dry Fake Nudes Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies Bringing It Home Fake Nudes Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies Lookin' Up Fake Nudes Co-Writer
Barenaked Ladies You + Me vs. the World Fake Nudes Co-Writer
2018 The Struts Freak Like You Young & Dangerous Co-Writer
Mike Love Must Be Christmas Reason for the Season Co-Writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kevin Griffin - Biography, Albums, Streaming Links - AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pilgrimage co-founder Kevin Griffin talks solo album, act, at this year's festival".
  3. ^ a b c d Seastrand, Andrea (June 19, 2009). "Interview with Better Than Ezra: Better Than Solo". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  4. ^ Milano, Brett (September 26, 2019). "Kevin Griffin, Anywhere You Go (BMG)". Offbeat Magazine. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Spera, Keith (May 28, 2009). "Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin's move colors new 'Paper Empire'". The Times-Picayune. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Paulson, Dave (September 17, 2018). "Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival: A Long Process" (Vol. 114, No. 20). The Tennessean. pp. 1A, 13A.
  7. ^ Spera, Keith (December 22, 2010). "Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin anticipates busy year in Nashville and beyond". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved January 19, 2011.

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