John William Grant (1968) is an American singer-songwriter. Grant acquired in the 1990s and early 2000s fame as a member of the rock band The Czars from Denver. Since 2010, Grant focused on his solo career.</p>


For Grant along with Chris Pearson founded the rock band The Czars , was applying for a Grant a career as a translator (German). He realized, however, that his English would be too bad to give substance to a career as a translator. [1]

After the break-up of The Czars took Grant a period away from music in 2010 to get back in the recording studio. In 2010, he released his first solo album Queen of Denmark from. This album, which was released on april 6, 2010 under Bella Union, is included in cooperation with the American folk rock band Midlake. The defined by Grant as ' very personal ' album about his alcohol and drug addiction and homosexuality was by the British music magazine Mojo named best album of 2010.

Grant currently lives in Reykjavik[2] where he in 2012 with Raymond Þórarinsson (Biggi Veira) by GusGus worked on his second studio album Pale Green Ghosts .

On 13 March 2013 Pale Green Ghosts ' album came out. Grant also translated the album í dauðaþögn Dýrð of Ásgeir Trausti. Its English translation appeared as In the Silence in October 2013.

Private LifeEdit

During a live performance at the Meltdownfestival with Hercules and Love Affair in 2012 for the first time openly told Grant that he is hiv-positive. [3]

On the album Pale Green Ghosts Ernest BorgineGrant sings in the song[4] about the hiv-positive. In several other songs he refers to his childhood and to a former boyfriend.



with The Czars
  • 1996: Moodswing
  • 1997: The La Brea Tar Pits of Routine
  • 2000: Before...But Longer
  • 2001: The Ugly People vs. the Beautiful People
  • 2004: Goodbye
  • 2005: Sorry I Made You Cry
  • 2010: Queen of Denmark
  • 2013: Pale Green Ghosts
  • 2013: "Gets Schooled" EP Rough Trade Records with duet versions of five tracks from Rough Trade's Album of the Year "Pale Green Ghosts"
  • 2014: John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra : Live in Concert


with The Czars
  • 2000: "Val"
  • 2002: "Side Effect"
  • 2002: "X Would Rather Listen"
  • 2004: "Paint the Moon"
  • 2013: 'Pale Green Ghosts", "GMF", "Glacier"

Weblinks and ReferencesEdit

  1. (en)The Czars - an interview with Jon William Grant by Martin Williams
  2. (en)John Grant on Reykjavík - The Guardian, 29 november 2013
  3. (en) Hercules & Love Affair – review - The Guardian, 8 augustus 2012
  4. (en)LISTEN: John Grant's 'Pale Green Ghosts' - Out, 30 januari 2013

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