Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27: singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer Pete Yorn is 39-years-old today.

Peter Joseph "Pete" Yorn was born in Montville, New Jersey on July 27, 1974. His brother Rick is a major talent manager in Hollywood, while his brother Kevin is an entertainment lawyer who represents stars including Scarlett Johansson. 

Pete Yorn focused on music while attending Syracuse University where he was a major in the department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. After graduating in 1996, Yorn moved to Los Angeles, where he began to attract a following with his performances at Cafe Largo. He was signed to Columbia records in 1999.

Shortly after, Bradley Thomas who produced the films Kingpin and There's Something About Mary, liked Yorn's act and requested Yorn send him some rough demos for possible inclusion in the Farrelly Brothers' film Me, Myself and Irene. Soon after, Yorn landed a job scoring all of the music to the film and also contributed the songs "Strange Condition" and "Just Another" to the film and its soundtrack.

Yorn released his 2001 LP debut, entitled musicforthemorningafter, which went gold on the strength of the album's lead single, "Life on a Chain." Rolling Stone Magazine named Yorn one of "Ten [artists] to Watch in 2001" and gave the album a favorable four-star rating.

Yorn went on to release his 2003 album Day I Forgot which has sold over 300,000 copies to date and scored a third radio hit with the song "Come Back Home." In 2006, Yorn released his third album, Nightcrawler and toured extensively in support of it. He preceded every show with an instore acoustic appearance at an indie record shop in the town he was passing through. All of these instore performances were recorded, thus creating an extensive series of Live EP's. Nightcrawler was named one of the top 20 records of 2006 by Paste magazine.

Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. has made appearances on several Pete Yorn recordings, including instrumentation on the single version of "Strange Condition" and a number of songs from the Day I Forgot LP.

Yorn released a self titled album on September 28, 2010. In November 2012, Santa Monica-based radio station KCRW played a new record by a band called The Olms and reported that Yorn is a founding member of this group- along with J.D. King. On January 8, 2013, NPR's flagship station KCRW released a track by The Olms titled, "Wanna Feel It."

The Olms - Pete Yorn & J.D. King
The Olms' self-titled debut album was released on June 4, 2013 by the newly re-launched Harvest Records.

Yorn is known for playing the bulk of the instruments on his records.

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