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Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers.jpeg
Flowers in 2010
Background information
Birth nameBrandon Richard Flowers
Born(1981-06-21) June 21, 1981 (age 32)
OriginHenderson, Nevada, United States
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock, new wave, heartland rock, post-punk revival
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, bass, guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsIsland, Vertigo, Marrakesh
Associated actsThe Killers
Websitebrandonflowersmusic.com
Notable instruments
microKORG
Nord Lead 2
Fender Jazz Bass
M-Audio Venom
Moog Voyager
Korg MS20
Roland MKS-80
 
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Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers.jpeg
Flowers in 2010
Background information
Birth nameBrandon Richard Flowers
Born(1981-06-21) June 21, 1981 (age 32)
OriginHenderson, Nevada, United States
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock, new wave, heartland rock, post-punk revival
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, bass, guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsIsland, Vertigo, Marrakesh
Associated actsThe Killers
Websitebrandonflowersmusic.com
Notable instruments
microKORG
Nord Lead 2
Fender Jazz Bass
M-Audio Venom
Moog Voyager
Korg MS20
Roland MKS-80

Brandon Richard Flowers (born June 21, 1981) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and lyricist. He is best known as the frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers. In 2010, Flowers released a solo album, entitled Flamingo.

Early life[edit]

Brandon Flowers, the youngest of six children, was born on June 21, 1981, in Henderson, Nevada, to Jean Yvonne (née Barlow) and Terry Austin Flowers.[1] His older siblings are his brother Shane and four sisters April, Shelly, Amy and Stephanie.[1] His family lived in Henderson until Flowers was eight, when they moved to Payson, Utah, for two years before moving to Nephi, Utah, at which time he was in the 6th grade.[2] Flowers lived in Nephi until his junior year at Juab High School. He moved to Las Vegas to live with his aunt and graduated from Chaparral High School in 1999. He is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

The Killers (2001–present)[edit]

Brandon Flowers responded to an ad that Dave Keuning had placed in the paper in late 2001 whereupon they became The Killers. After several short-lived bassists and drummers, Flowers and Keuning were joined by bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci and the line up became official in August 2002.[4] They have since sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.[5][6] A greatest hits collection entitled Direct Hits was made available on November 11, 2013.[7]

On July 4, 2010, The Killers headlined the "Salute to the Military" USO Concert at the White House. They performed 'God Bless America' and favorites from their catalogue.[8] On June 22, 2013, The Killers headlined the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium, their biggest solo show to date.[9]

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright wrote a song about Flowers called "Tulsa" for his fifth album Release the Stars. Wainwright has stated in numerous interviews that it was inspired by their first meeting in a bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to Wainwright, Flowers was "very flattered and somewhat bashful" about this tribute.[10] Sir Elton John has listed Flowers as one of his top-five heroes while editing The Independent's World Aids Day special edition.[11][12] U2's Bono described Flowers' voice to The Globe and Mail saying, “We need him on the radio...His voice!”[13]

Flowers has performed with Coldplay, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Andy Summers (of The Police), Pet Shop Boys, Fran Healy (of Travis), New Order, Bright Eyes, and Richard Butler (of Psychedelic Furs) amongst others.

Flamingo (2010)[edit]

Flamingo was released worldwide and charted in the top ten albums in ten countries including the UK where it charted at number one.[14][15] The first single from Flamingo, "Crossfire", was released on June 21 (Flowers' birthday). It became Flowers' fifth top ten single in the UK, including work by The Killers. The video for "Crossfire" featured actress Charlize Theron and was nominated for Best Video at the NME Awards. Flamingo was Flower's fourth consecutive studio album to reach No. 1 on the UK charts, including work by The Killers, who subsequently earned another consecutive UK No. 1.[16] It was certified gold by the BPI and IRMA in October 2010.

SPIN named Brandon Flowers one of "The 15 Best Shows of the Summer" in 2010 for his show at the Shimmer Showroom in Las Vegas.[17] SPIN also listed him as one of "The 25 Best Fall Tours"/"Must-See Fall Tours".[18] While on tour Flowers had special guests including Stuart Price, Andy Summers (of The Police), and Fran Healy (of Travis).

Sophomore Album[edit]

Flowers told NME that he wants to release a second solo album in 2015.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Flowers married Tana Mundkowsky on August 2, 2005 on the island of O'ahu in Hawaii.[21][22] They have three sons, Ammon (named after a Book of Mormon missionary), born July 14, 2007;[23] Gunnar, born July 28, 2009; and Henry, born March 9, 2011.[24]

Flowers's grandmother hailed from Lithuania.[25]

Flowers is a member of the LDS Church.[26] He and his family are featured on one of the church's websites in a promotional video.[27][28]

Flowers lives with his wife and children in Las Vegas.[citation needed]

Awards and accolades[edit]

The Killers have been nominated for seven GRAMMY Awards, seven BRIT Awards, and nine Meteor Music Awards. They are also the recipients of the ASCAP Vanguard Award.

YearOrganizationAwardResult
2005NME AwardsBest Dressed ManWon
Sexiest ManWon
2006Best Dressed ManNominated
2007Nominated
Sexiest ManNominated
2008GQ AwardsMost Stylish Man of the Year[29]Won
2009NME AwardsBest DressedNominated
Hero of the YearNominated
2010Q Awards[30]Best Male ArtistNominated
2011NME Awards[31][32]Most StylishWon
Best Video for "Crossfire"Nominated
2012Q Awards[33]Q Idol AwardWon
PublicationCountryAccoladeYearRank
EsquireUnited States50 Most Stylish Musicians of the Last 50 Years[34]2011
18
XfmUnited KingdomXFM's Greatest Frontmen of All Time[35]2012
6
GigwiseUnited KingdomBest Frontman Ever: Readers' Poll[36]2013
2
Contact MusicUnited KingdomTop 10 Most Stylish Rock Stars[37]2013
8
VH1United StatesVH1's 100 Sexiest Artists[38]2013
57

He was also interviewed by Q magazine on behalf of The Killers as one of the "Artists of the Century" (November 2009 issue), a second cover photo that year.

He was also interviewed by GQ magazine for The GQ Music Issue as one of the music "legends" or "legends in the making" (2011 issue).[39]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
AUSCANGERIRLNLDNZSPNSWIUKUS
2010Flamingo59834671318

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
AUS
[42]
CAN
[43]
GER
[44]
IRL
[45]
NLD
[46]
NZ
[47]
SWI
[48]
UK
[14]
US
Alt.

[43]
US
Rock

[43]
US
Adult

[43]
2010"Crossfire"4670344192235861122Flamingo
"Only the Young"68143
2011"Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Tours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jean Flowers Obituary, Las Vegas Review-Journal
  2. ^ a b . "SPIN.com: The Lady Killer: An Interview with the Killers' Brandon Flowers". Spin.com. Published November 2004. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  3. ^ Hiatt, Brian (December 25, 2008), "The Killers Inside". Rolling Stone (1068/1069):78-81
  4. ^ a b Craig McLean talks to the Killers' singer Brandon Flowers. The Observer.
  5. ^ Craig McLean (2012-09-09). "On the road with The Killers: The return of America's greatest rock band - Features - Music". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  6. ^ "'I'm from Sunday School of rock... more hip kids should find God' | The Sun |Scottish News". Thescottishsun.co.uk. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  7. ^ "The Killers Plan New Compilation, 'Direct Hits' | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  8. ^ jbtrainor (July 5, 2010). "Watch: The Killers play The White House " Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mark Beaumont. "The Killers – review | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Rufus Wainwright gaily strikes gold". Herald Sun (Australia). August 30, 2007. 
  11. ^ "World Aids Day special: Elton John to edit The Independent and i". The Independent (London). November 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ Sturges, Fiona (December 1, 2010). "Elton's Heroes: No. 4 – Brandon Flowers". The Independent (London). 
  13. ^ Brad Wheeler. "Achtung! Where does U2 go from here?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  14. ^ a b "Brandon Flowers | Artist". Official Charts. 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  15. ^ "Brandon Flowers .com.br Flamingo & Crossfire Official Dates". Brandonflowers.com.br. June 19, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Brandon Flowers Debuts at No. 1 in U.K.". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  17. ^ 09.07.10 12:00 pm. "The 15 Best Shows of the Summer | BRANDON FLOWERS". SPIN.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Brandon Flowers Plots Tour Dates". SPIN.com. September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  19. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/the-killers/73118
  20. ^ "The Killers' Brandon Flowers talks second solo album | News". Nme.Com. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  21. ^ No byline (2005). "Killers Singer Brandon Flowers Marries Longtime Girlfriend" VH1.com (accessed Oct. 14, 2006)
  22. ^ ArjanWrites.com . Retrieved April 12, 2006.
  23. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (July 16, 2007). "The Killers Singer Brandon Flowers, Wife Have a Son". People. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  24. ^ Sarah Michaud (April 5, 2011). "Brandon Flowers Welcomes Son Henryetta". People. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  25. ^ ""THE KILLERS": BRANDON FLOWERS: "MY GRANDMA IS FROM LITHUANIA!"". MTV Europe. November 18, 2006. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  26. ^ Petersen, Sarah (September 17, 2012), "Rock star Brandon Flowers defends Mormon faith against famous atheist", Deseret News 
  27. ^ Wood, Benjamin (October 17, 2011), The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers makes 'I'm a Mormon' video: Watch it here, "The Music Mix", Entertainment Weekly 
  28. ^ Hi I'm Brandon: I'm a Mormon. (5233), "People: I'm A Mormon", Mormon.org (LDS Church), retrieved 2013-09-27 
  29. ^ http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/men-of-the-year/home/hall-of-fame/brandon-flowers-the-killers-most-stylish-fashion-2008-interview
  30. ^ "Singer Paolo Nutini's delight as he picks up Q award from hero Ray Davies". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  31. ^ "Brandon Flowers voted 'Most Stylish' at Shockwaves NME Awards | News". Nme.Com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  32. ^ "Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 - Tickets, Voting, Previous Winners, Pictures, Images". Nme.com. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
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  34. ^ "Most Stylish Musicians - 50 Best Dressed Male Musicians". Esquire. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  35. ^ "artists | photos | Photo". Xfm. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  36. ^ "readers' ultimate band: pick the best frontman (or woman) ever". Gigwise. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  37. ^ "Noel Gallagher | Noel beats Liam to Most Stylish Rock Star title". Contactmusic.com. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  38. ^ "VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists [Complete List]". VH1. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
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  40. ^ [1][dead link]
  41. ^ "2010 Certification Awards – Gold". IRMA. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Pandora Archive – Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia". Pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
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  44. ^ "German Charts (Singles) > Brandon Flowers" (in German). charts.de Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  45. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  46. ^ Steffen Hung. "Brandon Flowers – Crossfire". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
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