Damien Rice is an Irish singer/songwriter, musician and record producer who plays the guitar, piano, clarinet and percussion.
Rice was raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, and started his musical career as a member of the 90s rock group Juniper. After splitting with the band he worked as a farmer in Tuscany (Italy) and traveled throughout Europe before returning to Ireland in 2001, establishing himself as a solo artist.
Borrowing money from those that would lend it, he recorded his demo and sent it off to renowned producer and film composer, David Arnold (Bjork, James Bond). Arnold loved what he heard and provided enough money for Damien to buy his own mobile studio.
In 2002 his critically acclaimed debut album “O” reached No. 8 on the UK album charts, won the Shortlist music prize and generated three top-30 singles in the UK. Rice successfully released his 2nd album “9” in 2006 and his songs have appeared in numerous films and television episodes.
Rice’s personal activities include various musical contributions to charitable projects such as the Songs for Tibet, Freedom Campaign and the Enough Project.