Jake Shears is best known for his role as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter in New York pop rock, glam rock, nu-disco, and electroclash band Scissor Sisters, whose debut album reached #1 in the UK and was the best selling album of 2004, securing them three BRIT awards in 2005.
At college, Shears studied fiction writing and often wrote pieces for the gay magazine HX, and later worked as a music reviewer for Paper magazine. Shears was a fixture on the New York gay and electroclash scene. During his early years while he was struggling to make it in New York, he would often earn extra money as a Go-go dancer and male erotic dancer at male strip clubs.
Shears met Scott Hoffman in college and formed Scissor Sisters in 2001 as a performance art stunt, playing outrageous shows in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Struggling in New York working with record label A Touch of Class, who produced Comfortably Numb and Filthy/Gorgeous, Scissor Sisters finally found their success in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In concert, Shears is known for provocative dancing, flamboyant outfits, and near nudity, and his influences include Leo Sayer, ABBA, Blondie, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Roxy Music, The New York Dolls, Queen, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, The Beatles, and Dolly Parton.
Jake Shears has been working on solo material for a while now, and has just announced a handful of solo shows for August and September as part of a tour supporting the release of his upcoming debut solo album, out this summer. Catch him live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
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Thu 16th Aug 2018
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Jake Shears’ debut solo record is a sprawling smorgasbord of musical flavours that should remind listeners of his band-leading and songwriting expertise. It’s an album bristling with confidence and brio that develops on his work with Scissor Sisters while isolating and identifying Shears’ own distinctive voice.