John Grant (born 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. Formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and early 2000s, he launched a career as a solo artist in 2010.Grant was born in Buchanan, Michigan and raised in Parker, Colorado. He studied languages in Germany and after The Czars split up in 2006, based himself in New York, London, Berlin and Iceland. Following The Czars Grant took some time off from making music and returned to recording and performing in 2010 with his debut solo album Queen of Denmark.
Released on April 6, 2010, it had been recorded in collaboration with the American folk-rock band Midlake and released on Bella Union. Described as a deeply personal album about his past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and coming to terms with being gay, it was chosen as Best Album of 2010 by the British music magazine Mojo. Pale Green Ghosts was released on March 11, 2013. It was the Rough Trade 2013 Album of the Year. In 2014, Grant appeared on the 40th Anniversary release of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” covering the song “Sweet Painted Lady”.
At a live performance with Hercules and Love Affair at the 2012 Meltdown festival, Grant publicly acknowledged for the first time that he is HIV-positive. In the album Pale Green Ghosts, John Grant sings about being HIV-positive in the track “Ernest Borgnine”, and several other tracks refer to his youth and to a former boyfriend.