John Grant (born 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. Formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and early 2000s, he launched a career as a solo artist in 2010.
John Grant performing live at Byscenen, Trondheim (NO), 7 September 2013.
|Birth name||John Grant|
|Genres||Folk, alternative rock, indie rock|
|Labels||Bella Union Partisan USA, Sena Iceland|
|Associated acts||The Czars, Midlake|
Prior to forming The Czars, Grant aspired to be a translator in Germany before realizing that his English skills were poor and he would be unable to have the job he desired.
Following the band’s break-up, Grant took some time off from making music and returned to recording and performing in 2010 with his debut solo album Queen of Denmark. Released on April 6, 2010, it had been recorded in collaboration with the American folk-rock band Midlake and released on Bella Union. Described as a deeply personal album about his past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and coming to terms with being gay, it was chosen as Best Album of 2010 by the British music magazine Mojo.
Grant travelled to Ireland in 2011 to play at the Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival and Electric Picnic, and Belgium for the Dranouter Festival in August 2011.
Grant is currently living in Reykjavík, Iceland where he worked throughout 2012 on his second solo album Pale Green Ghosts with Birgir Þórarinsson, a.k.a. Biggi Veira of Iceland’s electronic pioneers Gus Gus.
In 2013, Pale Green Ghosts was released on March 11. He also translated Ásgeir Trausti album Dýrð í dauðaþögn. His work in English appears in the follow-up English version of the same album titled In the Silence released in October. Grant was nominated for a Q Award in the category of Q Best Solo Artist.
In 2014 Grant appeared in the 40th Anniversary super deluxe edition release of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” covering the song “Sweet Painted Lady”
Also in 2014, Grant co-wrote the Icelandic entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, “No Prejudice”, performed by Pollapönk.
At a live performance with Hercules and Love Affair at the 2012 Meltdown festival, Grant publicly acknowledged for the first time that he is HIV-positive.
In the album Pale Green Ghosts, John Grant sings about being HIV-positive in the track “Ernest Borgnine”, and several other tracks refer to his youth and to a former boyfriend.