Sunday, June 14, 2009


Damien Rice has become one of my favorite new artists. No other musician has got me more excited about their music since I discovered Bruce Springsteen as a teenager. One post can't do justice to a singer/songwriter like Damien Rice so I decided to have Damien Rice Week, featuring a daily song over the coming week.

Damien Rice was born and raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, just outside of Dublin. He spent most of his childhood fishing, catching very little, leaving plenty of time for thinking. Later he formed the rock band Juniper under the name Dodi Ma. Rice left the band in 1998, just before they were to record their first album for Polygram Records. He moved to Italy and travelled around Europe for a year before returning to Dublin, ready to record his demo album. Producer David Arnold was so impressed with the demo, he gave Rice enough money to buy his own mobile studio.

In September 2001, Rice released "The Blower's Daughter" in Ireland from his unfinished album and it became an immediate hit. The song was later featured in the 2004 film, Closer. 2002 saw the release of his first album O and was lauded by critics as mesmerizing, absorbing, emotional and adventurous.

His second album 9 was released in 2006, becoming many critics' choice for top album of the year.

Rice is well known for his charity work, participating in several campaigns and charities throughout his career.

You can learn more about Damien Rice on his official website and purchase his music through Amazon.

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