Duncan Sheik Biography
The musician, composer, actor Duncan Sheik was born on November 18, 1969, in Montclair, New Jersey USA, but grew up in South Carolina, where he initially studied piano. Sheik later moved to guitar and while attending Brown University played in a band with fellow singer + songwriter Lisa Loeb.
He set off on his own and eventually was signed to Atlantic Records, who released his eponymous debut album in June 1996; the record soared to the top of the Billboard's Heatseekers chart and reached the #83 position on The Billboard 200 Sales list going gold helped by the smash hit "Barely Breathing", the single eventually enjoyed a year-long chart run in The Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #16; the follow-up single, "She Runs Away", received moderate airplay on Adult Top 40 stations.
Two years later, Sheik delivered his second LP, "Humming", an album full of philosophical shifts and orchestral-oriented structures which failed to become as successful as its predecessor reaching the #163 slot on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Phantom Moon", written in collaboration with New York playwright
Steven Sater, followed in February 2001.
His fourth studio effort, "Daylight", appeared in August of the following year; this album reached #110 on The Billboard 200 and produced a mid-size Adult Top 40 hit with the lead single "On A High".
In January 2006 Duncan Sheik released, "White Limousine", on Zoë/Rounder, with the title-track serving as the first single.
His next album came on the heels of the success of the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening", which was awarded a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album in early 2008. On the record, entitled "Whisper House", Sheik employed a narrative approach to songwriting, combining elements of the chamber-Pop that first brought him critical and commercial acclaim.