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Duncan Sheik

Alternative singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik premiered in mid-1996 when Atlantic released his self-titled debut album. With an appearance on the soundtrack to the TV hit ER, Sheik became somewhat well known in alternative circles. Born in 1970, Duncan Sheik grew up in South Carolina but spent many of his early years living with his grandparents in New Jersey. Inspired to play the piano while there, he later moved to electric guitar and performed in bands throughout high school. While studying at Brown University, he played with Lisa Loeb, but began shopping his own demo tape around soon after graduation. Later, he appeared with His Boy Elroy on a 1993 album for Epic, and spent several years writing songs before he signed a solo deal with Atlantic.

With Rupert Hine in the producer's chair, Sheik recorded his debut album and released it in June 1996. By the end of the year, "Barely Breathing" had become a modest hit, and he resurfaced in 1998 with Humming. For Phantom Moon, Sheik paired up with dramatist/poet Steve Sater. This particular record, which appeared in early 2001, showcased a more orchestral construction from Sheik. The next year, Sheik continued with these experimental orchestrations -- but with his signature rock style, too -- for Daylight. He and Sater also prepared for the 2003 opening of their musical, Spring Awakening. White Limousine was released in 2006.

White Limousine didn't chart in the U.S. but Sheik was already pouring himself into the launch of Spring Awakening, a musical he was writing with Sater. Spring Awakening turned into a high-water mark for Sheik: the original cast album won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album in 2008 and the production won two Tonys, including Best Original Score (Music). In 2009, Sheik released Whisper House, an album that offered his own version of highlights from Spring Awakening; it reached 181 on the Billboard Top 200. Sheik then released a collection of covers called Covers 80s in 2011 which he was intending to support with a tour, but as the album was released, he entered rehab for alcohol-related addiction. Soon, he was back at work, collaborating with Roberto Aguirre on a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho and working once again with Steve Sater, this time on a musical reworking of Alice in Wonderland called Alice by Heart. As he concentrated on this theatrical work, Covers 80s Remixed -- an electronic-heavy remix of his entire 2011 LP -- appeared in the fall of 2012. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Sorry meant to type 1996
Did any one chatch the fact that he was born in 1970 but worked with atlantic in 1964?
Duncan is the MAN!!! Music like this doesn't exist anymore :( Proud to be a 90's girl! LOL
patrickjkend a l l
Whisper House had nothing to do with Spring Awakening. It was a completely separate theatrical piece.
I don't understand why they call it one hit wonders, because every artist has their masterpiece.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. How every if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary puts this 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press F6 and your love's name will appear an the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
gusdlgarza
Love this song from 1996
mikepascarel l o
Lay Down Your Weapons is a brilliant song by Duncan.
One hit wonder
r72263750
Stfu a**hole SmokeWeedMor o n and Get off the pandora site u f**king stink dude
His music and voice touch your soul
love him! and LOVELOVE spring awakening!
memories=)
riverman172
I love metal all shapes and forms but I gotta admit, I have all of this guys CDs. Don't tell anyone;)
I used to have a really good ear for knowing when an artist had a really great song. His Barely Breathing was probably my last song that I recognized as special. You could go in to any small coffee shop in the upper lower peninsula of Michigan and hear his albums played.
Saw him perform this year with Suzanne Vega. They were great! Met him after the concert and he was great with me and the rest of the fans that lined up.
adows9
525433228 you should smoke weed every day tard
525433228
Yes, he puts his feelings well. I feel this right now. Barely Breathing. Good song. Very good song. Good lyrics. This happens to be what I'm feeling right now. NOT thinking it over anymore. It'/s just a been there, done that now.
He is just such pure brilliance.
I wanted to see him live in Nashville a year or so ago, but tickets were really expensive! Talking like 50 bucks. I am a fan of the one song I've heard from him, but not going to pay that much for cheap seats at a show.
Heck I thought toad the wet sprocket did this song, shows what I know. Love the song, for the easy listening side in me.
Barely Breathing is the only song of his I have heard but I really love that song
On a High (Gabriel and Dresden Love from Humboldt remix).... one of my favs, though really it should be under Gabriel and Dresden rather than Duncan, though I like his un-remixed stuff too, so it's all good XD
Mr. Sheik has had a nice little career. Superb songwriter.
My favorite songwriter. The guy just writes the most wonderful and somber melodies I have ever heard.....ne x t to Nick Drake. Whenever I feel a bout of writer's block closing in I just put on some Duncan Sheik and it's chased right away. His music pushes me to write from a place that isn't always considered the norm and I love that.
lol la biatch magnifica, idk if u like his eyebrows but he is soooo hot, his eyebrows r too hott 2 :) lmao his pic made me stop and lisen 2 his music lmao but he is an amazing and talented man so it really didnt take much for me 2 start lovin his music and not only him lmao
painthell
Barely Breathing... .
Thumbs to Pino Palladino... . G r o o v e
Artist describes Duncan Sheik. The man has magic. I saw him perform and then attended his play "Whisper House" in San Diego this spring(2010) . Magic again. There really are no similar artists. Extraordinar y in every sense of the word...
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
Cool story, Robino. :)

-Arvis
robin2048
I remember, we brought our high school film class students to Sundance Film Festival and Duncan Sheik was staying in the condo next door. This was back in 95-96 when Barely Breathing was coming out. He came over to our condo with his guitar and played just about the whole album, acoustic, for the kids. Snowing outside. Pure magic. A memory none of us will ever forget. Have been a fan ever since. He's a humble guy and a brilliant artist.
oui33
Shiek is an awesome artist--waaa y underrated!
Oh my GOD, that's lame.
Duncan Sheik is definitely one of my favorite music artists of all time. Can't decide what I like more: His look, the music, or the lyrics.
I heard his music in a short film on Sundance Channel and loved it! Became a fan.
felicianna
Oh he is quite amazing... <3
pinkpop268
amazingggggg g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g
I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE HE WAS THE SAME PERSON xD spring awakening=HE L L Z YES
i am from sc and he makes sc rock !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
My first time hearing him that I'm aware of - sounds a LOT like Nick Drake; (as someone a few yrs ago had told me actually, but I'd never taken the time to pursue it) Very good!
agaugert0
He wrote the music for the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. It is amazing. I urge you to go see it!
a glass of wine and your loved ones and this, life is good.
This guy used to be one of my clients while I was working at Manny's Music. I sold him a huuuuge keyboard and ended up selling it again while I was at Rogue Music.
WOW! this is my first time to hear Sheik! love this creative artist! i just know i have got to hear BARELY BREATHING! NOT BAD TO LOOK AT EITHER!
sarah-peace
Yes!!!
This is one of my favorite songs. Awesome creation.

Thank you.
I just saw this guy on the TONY awards last night. I couldn't believe it. He must write music for Broadway as well as us regular folk...what a talent...

-Felicia
Duncan Sheik is so not similar to Neurotic Fish.. perhaps this is a typo.
can't stop..starin g . . . a t ...eyebrows. . .
soothes my soul

I love this guy! He is an amazing writer as well as a vocalist. That is sometimes hard to come by these days. Most lyrics are empty and shallow hearted. But his are rich and full of a texture that is made up of sweet moments and sour ones too. Anything by him is just great.
One of the best songwriters ever
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