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Damien Rice

Real name: Damien Rice
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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He was born in Dublin, Ireland, to George and Maureen Rice and was raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

Rice recorded an old Juniper track, "Crosseyed Bear" (originally titled "Jewellery Box"), for the new War Child album. He spent 2004 and 2005 recording the follow-up to O. His latest album, 9, was released on November 3 in Ireland, 2006, on November 6, 2006 in Europe and the rest of the world, except for North America, where it was released on November 14, 2006.

Rice played on the Friday night at the Glastonbury Festival 2007, in the Acoustic Tent. On 7 July 2007 Rice performed with David Gray at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. Rice played the backing rhythm to Gray's "Babylon" before Rice played "Blower's Daughter" (Gray now doing the rhythm). The pair then finished with a cover of "Que Sera Sera". On 8 July Rice played at the T in the Park music event in Scotland. He also headlined the Latitude Festival in Suffolk on 12 July and the V Festival at Weston Park in Stafford, Staffordshire on 18 August and at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex on 19 August. Another performance was at Osheaga Festival in Montreal on 8 September.

Rice is also scheduled to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas on 15 September. He has also scheduled a limited number of appearances in North America through autumn, called An Evening with Damien Rice. These shows include a second guitarist, bassist, cellist, and a drummer to support Damien. There are no supporting acts on this tour.

Rice's songs have been featured several times on popular films and television shows. "The Blower's Daughter" and "Cold Water" featured prominently in the 2004 film Closer. "Cold Water" was also featured in the 2003 film I am David, the HBO film The Girl in the Café, and on the NBC dramas ER and The Black Donnellys. "Cannonball" also featured in The Black Donnellys and the 2004 film In Good Company. "Delicate" was featured on the ABC dramas Alias, Lost, and the Fox drama House. "Older Chests" was featured on the NBC drama Crossing Jordan and in CBS science-fiction drama Jericho. His song "9 Crimes" was featured during the episode "From a Whisper to a Scream" on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy., and on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. "Grey Room" was featured on One Tree Hill, in an episode of Criminal Minds, and on an episode of House. Most recently, "The Blower's Daughter" could be heard in the Fox criminal drama Bones, and segments of his single "9 Crimes" were featured in the major motion picture Shrek the Third. Rice recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios in October 2006 for Live from Abbey Road. His performance was screened in an episode alongside those of Jamiroquai and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Rice has helped the Freedom Campaign and the US Campaign for Burma to free Burmese democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is presently being subjected to her third term of house arrest in Rangoon by the Burmese military junta. Aung San Suu Kyi has been confined to her home since September 2003. Rice and Hannigan recorded a charity song, campaigning for her release, called "Unplayed Piano". In addition, Rice has links on his website for the following organizations: Greenpeace, Action Burma, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland, The Donkey Sanctuary UK and Native Woodland Trust.


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