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Damien Rice Biography

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Birth Name: Damien Rice
Born: 1973/12/07
Birth Place: Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Years Active: 1991-present
Genres: Folk, Indie Rock, Folk Rock

Damien Rice (born December 7, 1973) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who plays guitar, piano, clarinet and percussion. Rice was raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland and began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group Juniper. After leaving the band he worked as a farmer in Tuscany and busked throughout Europe before returning to Ireland in 2001 and beginning a solo musical career.

In 2002 his debut album “O” reached #8 on the U.K. Albums chart, won the Shortlist music prize while generating three Top 30 singles in the U.K. The album was dedicated to Rice's friend Mic Christopher, who died of a head injury in 2001.

Rice released his second album “9” in 2006. It peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums chart while also reaching #22 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album was certified gold in the U.K.