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Duncan Scott Sheik (born November 18, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Sheik’s upbringing was split between his parents’ home in South Carolina and that of his grandparents in New Jersey. His grandmother, a piano graduate of The Juilliard School, taught him to play the piano and encouraged his musical development. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1988, after which he studied semiotics at Brown University.

Sheik began his professional musical career playing for other acts, including Liz And Liza (with Lisa Loeb and Liz Mitchell), and played on His Boy Elroy’s 1993 album. Through connections from fellow Brown alum Tracee Ellis Ross, Sheik’s music gained the attention of executives at Atlantic Records. Duncan Sheik’s eponymous debut album for Atlantic spawned the 1996 hit single “Barely Breathing” in the US, which remained on the charts for 55 straight weeks. In 1998, he was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Barely Breathing.”

In addition to his work as a solo artist, he collaborates with the poet and writer Steven Sater. Together, they have written an album of art-pop songs, ‘’Phantom Moon’‘, a Broadway musical, ‘’Spring Awakening’‘, and the score for the film ‘’A Home at the End of the World’‘. They are currently working on a new musical based on the story of “The Emperior and the Nightingale”, which will have its workshop premiere in 2007 at the La Jolla Playhouse.


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  • Jackal13

    While reading the post history here I didn't see a formal query asking anyone to rank his albums, though if I were to choose my own ranking it'd be: 1. Humming 2. Duncan Sheik 3. Daylight 4. White Limousine 5. Phantom Moon. I haven't heard Whisper House or Covers 80's, and I've only heard a portion of Spring Awakening, and I didn't think that would count as an unambiguous Duncan Sheik album anyway (I was thinking the same thing about Covers 80's actually, though as I stated I haven't heard that anyway).

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • Uniontrade

    I am totally surprise the people have low love for White Limousine, lots of highlights tacks in the album "The Down Request", " Fantastic Toys And Corduroys" "I Wouldnt Mind" for remember someones

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • Uniontrade

    I rank It... 1. Phanton Moon, 2 Duncan Sheik, 3 White Limousine, 4 Humming , 5 Daylight, I don't like the other ones

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • subtonal

    ryan reynolds?

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • leoavalon

    I hope he'll come back singing his own songs. I miss his songwritting...

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Kuula

    My ranking! 1.- Phantom Moon. 2.- Humming. 3.- Duncan Sheik. 4.- Daylight. 7.- White Limousine. 96.- Whisper House. 398.- Covers 80's :D

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • leoavalon

    I'd rank them like this: 1. Phantom Moon >>>>>> 2. Humming/Humming Along >>> 3. Whisper House >> 4. Duncan Sheik >>>> 5. Daylight. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 6. White Limousine >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 7. Covers 80's.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • morningside24

    I'd rank them like this: 1. Phantom Moon. 2. Humming. 3. Daylight. 4. Duncan Sheik. 5. White Limousine. (Sorry, I don't have the other two...)

    17 Aug 2013 Reply

    I have a bunch of Duncan Sheik mp3s that I'm tagging. I'm missing the year and album for a bunch of them. Could someone help me out? I have a journal entry on my profile explaining it all.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • jim886

    Hey Casanova !

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Zach216

    @CaseyDeAnn I want you off his page but that wont happen, damn

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • batinlinda

    like <3

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TheMirror1993 Free EP!

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Zach216

    Happy to hear he's doing well! He posted a new song called What Really Matters, very heartfelt. I dig it a lot!!!

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • kassab78

    I'm awake afternoon...I feel asleep in the living room It's one of those moments, when everything is so clear Half Life is the best EVER....

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Zach216

    I love how his songs range from infectiously catchy to some stuff that's just really weird, slow and tripped out. He writes great melodies and is so gifted with all kinds of interesting arrangements (tons of string sections, woodwinds) All of his albums are superb sonically too. Definitely one of my favorite artists and songwriters. I'm very excited to hear the new Covers 80s... "Stripped" the first song is killer!!!

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • OneWorldDestiny

    a pain in the ass for an artist like him to be remembered with "barely breathing". i'm quite sure he wished he had never written that particular song

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • dtngfan

    i love his music :)

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • deemush

    poor me cause have missed his show in bali last week

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • albertho

    el esta muy gusta este hombre

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
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