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Gontier in October 2015
|Birth name||Adam Wade Gontier|
May 25, 1978 |
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
Adam Wade Gontier (born May 25, 1978) is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. Gontier left Three Days Grace on January 9, 2013. In addition to his work with Three Days Grace, he has been involved in collaborations with other bands including Art of Dying and Apocalyptica.
Gontier was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada on May 25. He was raised in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Shortly after his parents divorced, he moved to the Peterborough area, where he initially attended the Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute. In 1995, he moved to the Norwood area, and attended Norwood District High School, where he met and befriended Three Days Grace members Neil Sanderson and Brad Walst.
Notable works and collaborations
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Outside of Three Days Grace, Gontier has also written and collaborated with numerous writers, musicians and bands. Some of his collaborations include Daughtry, Ian Thornley, Max Martin, Shaun Morgan, Ben Burnley, Art of Dying, Before the Curtain, and fellow musician and long time friends Kevin Brown Grainne Ryan and Kim Brown.
Gontier was also featured on the track "Raining" by fellow Canadian band Art of Dying on their album Vices And Virtues. His cousin, Cale Gontier, is the bass player for Art of Dying. As well, he was featured on two tracks on the debut album of Peterborough band, Before the Curtain.
In 2006 Gontier was a member of the rock supergroup Big Dirty Band along with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Jeff Burrows, Ian Thornley and Care Failure, covering "I Fought the Law", as part of the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack.
In 2009 Adam Gontier worked with Daughtry on their second studio album Leave This Town. The song, "Back Again", did not make the final cut.
In 2011, Gontier created the record label, Sludge Factory Records, and has signed three acts, one of which is fellow Peterborough band, Before the Curtain.
On January 9, 2013, Gontier resigned from Three Days Grace. He left as the band was about to embark on a co-headlining tour. Matt Walst from My Darkest Days, and brother of bassist Brad Walst, became the new official singer.
Gontier has won two BMI pop awards as well as Billboard's "Rock Single of the Year". Michael Bell handed him the "Big Time Award", at the 2012 "Wire Awards".
Gontier married Naomi Faith Brewer in 2004. The couple divorced. He married Jeanie Marie Larsen in March 2015.
In 2005, he went into rehabilitation at the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto, where he wrote many of the songs for One-X, including "Never Too Late", which was co written by Adam's ex-wife, Naomi Faith Brewer. Both Gontier and Brewer wrote the video for the song, and she also appears in the video. While in CAMH in Toronto, Gontier wrote "Pain", "Animal I Have Become", "Get Out Alive", "Over and Over", and "Gone Forever". He is still sober, and a docu-drama about his addiction, Behind the Pain, was released in 2007.
Gontier joined singer/songwriter Martin Sexton on the road during his 2012 "Fall Like Rain" tour, providing opening support as a solo artist. He also joined Citizen Cope for a few shows as a solo act.
Gontier continued to do shows and concerts as a solo artist. Several songs have been released, but not as singles, such as "It's All in Your Hands", "Take Me With You", "Too Drunk to Drive" (written by Casey Marshall), "Until the End", "No Regrets", "A Beast in Me (Over and Over It Turns on Me)", and "We Will Never Forget". Gontier had previously performed solo songs like "I Will Stay", "Try to Catch Up With the World", and "Lost Your Shot" in 2011 and 2012.
In January 2013 in an interview with Loudwire, Gontier stated he was working on a solo album, and looked forward to releasing it sometime in the near future (late 2013 to early 2014).
In early March 2013, Gontier publicly announced and launched his Adam Gontier Solo Live Tour.
Gontier and his band performed their first show together on April 19, 2013 in Oklahoma City as part of the Ink Life Tour.
On May 11, 2013, Gontier released an official acoustic version and video of the song "Give Me a Reason" from Transit of Venus.
In June 2014, Gontier had been featured in a YouTube Vlog, much like his own videos on his own page, but this time on Kevin Brown's YouTube channel.
- 1995: Wave Of Popular Feeling (under the name Groundswell)
- 2003: Three Days Grace
- 2006: One-X
- 2009: Life Starts Now
- 2012: Transit of Venus
- with Saint Asonia
- 2015: Saint Asonia
- "Staind, Three Days Grace Members form Saint Asonia". May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
- Kelley, Trevor (January 2007). "Three Days and grace". Revolver (52): 46–48. ISSN 1527-408X.
- "Saint Asonia | Facebook | Mailbag Monday with Adam Gontier!". www.facebook.com. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- "Singer Adam Gontier Explains Departure From Three Days Grace". Loudwire. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
- Melina Robinson. "Review: Three Days Grace graces the Joint with new frontman Matt Walst". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
- "Saint Asonia Announces Debut Album Release Date: Exclusive". June 18, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- "Former Three Days Grace Frontman Adam Gontier Gets Engaged". August 1, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
- Bliss, Karen (March 30, 2007). "3DG doc aims to help addicts". JAM! Music. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
- Wagner, Vit (November 28, 2006). "Saving Grace". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
- "Adam Gontier on ''The Hour'' with George Stroumboulopoulos". Cbc.ca. February 20, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.