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Michael Stipe

American musician

Michael Stipe

American musician
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birthday
4th
January, 1960
Birth Place
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Birth Sign
capricorn
Biography

John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and artist best known as the lead singer and lyricist of alternative rock band R.E.M.. He is known for his distinctive vocal quality, poetic lyrics and unique stage presence.
Possessing a distinctive voice, Stipe has been noted for the “mumbling” style of his early career. Since the mid-1980s, Stipe sings in “wailing, keening, arching vocal figures” that R.E.M. biographer David Buckley compared to Celtic folk artists and Muslim muezzin. He was in charge of R.E.M.’s visual aspect, often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band’s music videos. Outside the music industry, he owns and runs two film production studios, C-00 and Single Cell Pictures.
As a member of R.E.M., Stipe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. As a singer-songwriter, Stipe influenced a wide range of artists, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.Bono of U2 described his voice as “extraordinary”, and Yorke told The Guardian that Stipe is his favorite lyricist, saying “I loved the way he would take an emotion and then take a step back from it and in doing so make it so much more powerful.”

instruments played
Vocals
Associated Acts

R.E.M.

Birth Name

John Michael Stipe

Genres

Alternative rock folk rock college rock jangle pop

Occupations

Singer songwriter musician producer visual artist director

Years Active

1980 present

Name

Michael Stipe

Nationality

United States of America

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