Tim Rice-Oxley

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Tim Rice-Oxley
Tim Rice-Oxley Keane 2009-01-29 - 1.jpg
Background information
Birth nameTimothy James Rice-Oxley
Also known asTim Rice-Oxley
Born (1976-06-02) 2 June 1976 (age 42)
Oxford, England, UK
GenresAlternative rock, piano rock, pop rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsPiano, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, keytar, guitar, synthesizer, recorder, harpsichord
Years active1995–present
Associated actsKeane, Mt. Desolation, Gwen Stefani, Kylie Minogue

Timothy James Rice-Oxley (born 2 June 1976), is an English musician, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for being the keyboardist, singer and songwriter of the British pop rock band Keane. In 2010, Rice-Oxley formed a side-project, Mt. Desolation, with his Keane bandmate Jesse Quin.

Life and career[edit]

Rice-Oxley playing his Yamaha CP-70 alongside drummer Richard Hughes during the January 2005 Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert

Timothy James Rice-Oxley was born in Oxford, England to Charles Patrick and Margaret Rice-Oxley. He has a younger brother, Tom, born in 1979. He had piano lessons when he was a teenager but admitted to hating them and never practising pieces because they were all classical music which he found boring. After his parents stopped his lessons, Rice-Oxley developed a liking for piano and so taught himself how to play, mainly because of The Beatles.[1]


Rice-Oxley provides live and studio backing vocals for Keane, except for the studio songs "Sunshine", "This Is the Last Time" (demo version) and "Your Love" where he sings the lead vocals, as well as some Under the Iron Sea DVD and Perfect Symmetry demos.


In 2006, Rice-Oxley co-wrote the songs "Early Winter", and "The Girl Inside" (unreleased) on Gwen Stefani's second solo album, The Sweet Escape. "Early Winter" has been performed by Keane live. The song "Perfect Symmetry" from the album of the same name is considered by Chaplin to be one of the best Rice-Oxley has written. In 2009, he co-wrote the song "Everything Is Beautiful" for Kylie Minogue's eleventh studio album, Aphrodite.[2]

Rice-Oxley composed all the songs for the side-project Mt. Desolation with Jesse Quin in 2010. That same year Rice-Oxley provided the main vocal in Keane for the first time on the song "Your Love", which appeared on the album Night Train. He sang the song live. In 2013, he co-wrote the song "Jump" with Gary Barlow for the latter's solo album, Since I Saw You Last.

In 2016 he co-wote the song "Magnificent Time" by Travis.

Mt. Desolation[edit]

Mt. Desolation is an alt-country side-project that Rice-Oxley formed with bassist Jesse Quin. The band also consists of members of Mumford & Sons, The Killers and The Staves. Mt. Desolation released their first eponymous studio album on 18 October 2010. The band toured the UK and Ireland in September 2010 and the US and Canada in October 2010.[3]

The band's second album, When the Night Calls, was released on 25 May 2018. It was followed by a short tour of the UK in June 2018.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rice-Oxley lives in Polegate, East Sussex.

He has two daughters.

Reportedly, the effects of touring took their toll on Tim's marriage to Jayne, and they split up in 2012 after seven years of marriage.[5]

Sea Fog Studio[edit]

Rice-Oxley built Sea Fog Studio at his home near Alfriston, East Sussex. The studio is so-called as it was named after the song "Sea Fog" from Keane's album Strangeland. Strangeland was recorded at the studio.


Rice-Oxley has cited his musical influences as Depeche Mode, U2, The Smiths, Simple Minds, Blondie, among others.[citation needed]


Rice-Oxley won an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in May 2005.


With Keane[edit]

With Mt. Desolation[edit]

Studio albums


  1. ^ "About songs: The Way You Want It". Retrieved 1 August 2006.
  2. ^ Brockington, Ryan (11 June 2010). "Kylie's 'Aphrodite' album is perfect". New York Post.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Mt. Desolations official blog". Mtdesolation.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Mt. Desolation tour". facebook.com. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. ^ Keane - Back to Battle.1066times.com. 20th August 2015