pete yorn Jacks Song Of The Day: Pete Yorn

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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pete Yorn[/lastfm], Happy Birthday to you!

Now, where’s the cake?!

There’s just something about a boy with a guitar.

While growing up in Montville, New Jersey, Pete Yorn developed a passion for music at an early age.  When he was 9, he taught himself to play the drums and soon learned to play the guitar.

After graduating from Syracuse University in 1996, Pete packed up his guitar and headed out west to Los Angeles in pursuit of his music dreams.  He began performing at a place called Cafe Largo and quickly attracted a following.  In 1999, Pete signed with Columbia Records.  Shortly after, he met with a film producer and landed a job scoring all of the music for the Farrelly Brothers’ Me, Myself & Irene.  He even contributed the song “Strange Condition” to the movie’s soundtrack.

Things were looking up for Pete Yorn, and in 2001, he released his debut album, Musicforthemorningafter, to critical acclaim.  The album, driven by the success of the Adult Top 40 hit “Life on a Chain, sold 500,000 copies and was certified gold.  Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of the “10 artists to watch in 2001.”

Pete’s second album, Day I Forgot, came out in 2003 and featured [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R.E.M.[/lastfm] guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Buck[/lastfm] on several tracks.  The album peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it his highest-charting album to date.

By this time, Pete Yorn had become one of the hottest music acts around.  He began touring with such big-name stars as the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Matthews Band[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Crowded House[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foo Fighters[/lastfm], the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dixie Chicks[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Semisonic[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Coldplay[/lastfm].

In 2006, he headed back to the studio to begin work on his third album.  Even though Nightcrawler only went to #50 on the charts, it was voted as one of the year’s Top 20 records by Paste magazine.  The album produced the single “For Us,” and it’s Jack’s Song of the Day.  “For Us” peaked at #38 on Billboard‘s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Three years later, Pete Yorn released two albums, Back & Forth and Break Up.  The latter was a collaborative album with actress [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Scarlett Johansson[/lastfm], whose agent is Pete’s brother.  Break Up was a huge hit in France, where it peaked at #18 on the charts and sold one million copies.

After ten years, Pete Yorn continues to make music on his own terms.  His most recent release was 2010’s Pete Yorn, which was produced by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Frank Black[/lastfm] from the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pixies[/lastfm].  He just wrapped a North American tour in support of his latest album and is scheduled to perform at the first annual Orlando Calling on November 12th.

Here’s Pete Yorn performing “Relator” with Scarlett Johannson.  Actually, Jack FM just picked this video because of Scarlett.  She makes us drool.

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