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Orville Peck

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Orville Peck
Born1987/1988 (age 32–33)
OriginCanada
Genres
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websitehttps://www.orvillepeck.com

Orville Peck is a country musician based in Canada.[1] He wears a fringed mask and has never shown his face publicly.[1][2][3] He released his debut album Pony in 2019,[1] followed by the EP Show Pony the next year.

Early life[edit]

Peck was born somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere and lived there most of his life.[3] He is the son of a sound engineer, and he did voice-over work for cartoons and other media as a child.[4] Growing up, he trained in ballet for 12 years, and performed in musical theatre. By the time he was in his early 20s, Peck had been on national tours of musicals.[4]

In his mid-20s, he moved to London to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and later starred in a play on the West End.[4]

Career[edit]

"Orville Peck" is a pseudonym;[5] he has been described as "presumably older than 20 and younger than 40".[5]

Peck self-produced his debut album, Pony, and released it in 2019 through a collaboration with Sub Pop.[6] He has noted that he "wrote, produced and played every instrument he could" on the album while working in a coffee shop and living with his parents.[7] In June of that year, he performed his songs "Dead of Night" and "Take You Back" live on CBC Radio One's Q.[8] Pony was named to the initial longlist for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize in June 2019.[9] The album also received a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2020.[10]

Peck performed "Dead of Night" on Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 29, 2020.[11] He also announced a tour of selected cities in the United States, including performances at the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.[11]

In May 2020, Peck announced the follow-up to his debut album, an EP titled Show Pony, with a release date of June 12, 2020. In July, 2020, Peck announced the delayed release of Show Pony until August 14, 2020 in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests against police brutality in the United States.[12][13]

Peck recorded a cover of "Smalltown Boy" for the 2020 Pride edition of the Spotify Singles series. The song was released exclusively on Spotify on June 29, 2020 and everywhere else on July 31, 2020.[14]

In April 2021, Peck was featured on American drag queen and singer Trixie Mattel's EP, Full Coverage, Vol 1. He appeared on the song "Jackson", a duet cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's "Jackson."[15]

Identity speculations[edit]

Sources have speculated that Peck is a persona of Daniel Pitout, drummer of the Canadian punk band Nü Sensae, based on the similarity of Peck's tattoos,[16][17] as well as Peck mentioning that he was in a punk band. Pitout was born in Johannesburg, South Africa,[18] and Peck has said he grew up in a well-known part of the Southern Hemisphere.[4] Pitout also starred as a replacement in Peter Pan Goes Wrong in the West End in 2016,[19] which lines up with Peck mentioning he was in a West End play while he lived in London.[4] Peck has not confirmed his identity on the record.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Peck identifies as gay.[21][16]

Regarding his reasons for wearing a mask to perform, Peck has stated that "the only reason I don't talk about it in depth is not because I want to dodge any questions, but because I want people to have their own take on it. I don't want to lay it out and pin it down. I just don't think that's important."[22]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Polaris Music Prize 2019 Pony Album of the Year (Longlist) Nominated [9]
A2IM Libera Awards 2020 Orville Peck Breakthrough Artist Won [23]
Pony Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
"Dead of Night" Video of the Year Nominated
Juno Awards Pony Alternative Album of the Year Nominated [10]
GLAAD Media Awards 2021 Show Pony Outstanding Breakthrough Artist Nominated [24]
Queerty Awards "Summertime" Indie Music Vid Nominated [25]

In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named him among the fifty heroes "leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people".[26][27]

Discography[edit]

Orville Peck discography
Studio albums1
EPs1
Singles10

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat.

[28]
US
Indie

[29]
US
Sales

[30]
Pony 5 27 94

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Country

[31]
US
Folk

[32]
US
Rock

[33]
US
Sales

[30]
Show Pony 46 8 50 20

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Dead of Night" 2017 Pony
"Big Sky" 2018
"Turn to Hate" 2019
"Hope to Die"
"Nothing Fades Like the Light"
"Queen of the Rodeo" 2020
"Summertime" Show Pony
"No Glory in the West"
"Smalltown Boy"
(Spotify Singles)
Non-album singles
Unchained Melody / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
(with The Unrighteous Melody and Paul Cauthen)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Jackson"
(Trixie Mattel featuring Orville Peck)
2021 Full Coverage, Vol. 1

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Dead of Night" 2017 Michael Maxxis [34]
"Big Sky" 2018 Deni Cheng [35]
"Turn to Hate" 2019 Orville Peck
Carlos Santolalla
[36]
"Hope to Die" Blake Mawson [37]
"Nothing Fades Like the Light" Deni Cheng [38]
"Queen of the Rodeo" 2020 Austin Peters [39]
"Summertime" Drew Kirsch
Taylor Fauntleroy
[40]
"No Glory in the West" Isaiah Seret [13]
"Legends Never Die" (featuring Shania Twain) Cameron Duddy [41]
"Jackson" (with Trixie Mattel) 2021 Assaad Yacoub [42]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Moyer, Matthew. "Lonesome drifter Orville Peck rides into Orlando this September". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
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  4. ^ a b c d e "Bamboozlement (w/ Orville Peck)" (Podcast). Sloppy Seconds with Big Dipper & Meatball. May 1, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2020 – via foreverdogpodcasts.com.
  5. ^ a b Suarez, Gary; Joyce, Colin (March 20, 2019). "Orville Peck Is a Lone Stranger Singing Country Songs From Behind a Mask". Vice. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Satenstein, Liana. "Meet Orville Peck, Country Music's Anonymous Masked Musician". Vogue. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Peck, Orville [@orvillepeck] (June 15, 2020). "Speechless... thank you" (Tweet). Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Meet Orville Peck, the masked country music star". CBC Music. Radio Canada. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Gordon, Holly (June 20, 2019). "Find out who made the 2019 Polaris Music Prize long list". CBC Music. Radio Canada. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Lau, Melody (January 28, 2019). "Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations". CBC Music. Radio Canada. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (January 30, 2020). "Orville Peck Performs 'Dead of Night' on 'Kimmel'"]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Daly, Rhian (June 11, 2020). "Orville Peck delays 'Show Pony' EP to keep focus on Black Lives Matter movement". NME. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
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  15. ^ Curran, Sarah (April 30, 2021). "Orville Peck And Trixie Mattel Team Up For Foot Stomping Cover Of 'Jackson'". ET Canada. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
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  18. ^ Torres, Eric. "Eating Out with Daniel Pitout". Gayletter. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
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  21. ^ "Masked country king Orville Peck would like his own version of The Bachelor". The Fader. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Campbell, Amy (January 16, 2020). "Queer Cowboy Orville Peck Is Redefining Country Music For A New Generation Of Fans". GQ Australia. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  23. ^ "2020 Nominees". Libera Awards. A2IM. Archived from the original on July 30, 2020. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  24. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (January 28, 2021). "GLAAD Unveils Nominees For 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards; Deadline's New Hollywood Podcast Honored With Special Recognition Award". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  25. ^ https://www.queerty.com/Queerties2021/vote-2110
  26. ^ "Queerty Pride50 2020 Honorees". Queerty. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  27. ^ Tracer, Daniel (July 15, 2020). "These musicians became queer role models young fans need, and they're changing the world for good". Queerty. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
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  29. ^ "Orville Peck Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
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  32. ^ "Orville Peck Chart History (Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  33. ^ "Orville Peck Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
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  35. ^ Swash, Olivia (December 4, 2018). "Orville Peck announces signing to Sub Pop with debut cowboy heartbreak ballad "Big Sky"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  36. ^ Holdsworth, Bryony (February 26, 2019). "Indie cowboy Orville Peck wrestles with resentment on new country classic "Turn To Hate"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  37. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (June 13, 2019). "Orville Peck brings the drama in his new video for "Hope To Die"". The Fader. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  38. ^ Slingerland, Calum (December 10, 2019). "Orville Peck Reflects on a Big 2019 in His "Nothing Fades Like the Light" Video". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  39. ^ Freeman, Jon (February 24, 2020). "Orville Peck Sings for Drag Performers in Colorful 'Queen of the Rodeo' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  40. ^ Freeman, Jon (April 1, 2020). "Orville Peck Is Here to Offer Flowers, Hope in New 'Summertime' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  41. ^ Gallagher, Alex. "Watch Orville Peck and Shania Twain join forces in 'Legends Never Die' video". NME. BandLab Technologies. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  42. ^ Trixie Mattel (feat. @Orville Peck) - Jackson (Official Music Video), retrieved April 30, 2021