Malaga, Lisbon, The Royal Albert Hall...John Grant is putting himself about this summer and comes to the De La Warr Pavilion for a live gig on July 28.
Grant 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.
He sold out the DLWP on his last visit in 2014, won a BRIT award soon after, then sold out the Brighton Dome twice.
It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when Grant feared he’d never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp, and Elton John.
The fact he subsequently won that Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, seemed like sheer fantasy.
Just months later, the BBC’s request for a session with its symphony orchestra provided (subsequently released by Bella Union as John Grant And The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert), followed by Grant taking the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a UK tour, confirmed that it was simply the latest spectacular chapter in his personal and artistic renaissance.
He will be supported by Holly Macve who recently signed with Bella Union. Boss Simon Raymonde said: “Little is known of Holly other than she is a 20 year old from Yorkshire who appeared out of nowhere in Brighton late last year. I had a tip-off to go to a basement bar where she was playing. In a room full of beery boys chatting across all the music beforehand, the minute Holly opened her mouth the room fell silent. Hers is a rare gift.”
She is currenty recording but has just been announced special guest of Yael Naim’s forthcoming Paris shows. Tickets £25 from 01424 229111 or www.dlwp.com