In the past seven years John Grant has risen to become a hugely acclaimed singer-songwriter. His last two LPs reached the Top Ten in the album charts and topped the end-of-year critics’ lists in national newspapers and leading music magazines.
He has been nominated for a Brit and a Q Award, won Attitude’s Man of the Year award, and has sold out The Roundhouse, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, some of them several times over.
John has collaborated with Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Sinead O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Tracey Thorn, Allison Goldfrapp, Amanda Palmer, the BBC Philharmonic and the Northern Royal Sinfonia, and is a regular stand-in presenter on BBC6 Music. In 2016 he made a programme for Radio 4 about his adopted home of Reykjavik. The filmmaker Daisy Asquith is currently making a documentary about John, which is due to debut at the London Film Festival this autumn. His as-yet-untitled fourth album is due for release in 2018.
In 2020, his memoir will be published by Little, Brown. John says:
‘Flying in the face of all reason and good judgement, Little, Brown is giving me the opportunity to write a book about my experiences in life thus far. It is the tale of a lower-middle-class homosexual humanoid male musician, addict, chronically depressed language enthusiast and underachiever who, in spite of himself, is learning to enjoy life, make sense of relationships and become an adult.’