Ed Harcourt Biography
Ed Harcourt is an English singer-songwriter, musician, writer, and producer. Over the course of his career, he has released 7 studio albums, 2 EPs, and 13 singles. In his music, he plays vocals, the piano, guitar, bass guitar, as well as drums in the genres of Chamber pop and indie-pop.
Ed was born as Edward Henry Richard Harcourt-Smith on the 14th of August 1977 in Wimbledon, London. He started playing the piano at age 9 and was able to achieve grade 8 when he was just 17 years old. He declined an offer he got to study music as having to analyze and dissect everything about music would completely take away the enjoyment he was getting in playing music. Ed then started out his music playing for the bass and keyboards for Snug, a band he, with James Deane, Ed Groves, and Johnny Lewsley, formed while in school in the mid-1990s.
He released his first mini-album, Maplewood EP in 2000. The album was recorded straight to a 4-track recorder at Wootton Manor. Sometime after, he released his debut album “Here Be Monsters” produced by Gil Norton and Tim Holmes, the year after. Soon after its release, the album charted on the UK Albums Chart at No. 84. After a month, the album was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize. Around that time, he signed with Capitol Records in the United States. The year after, he released a Brian Wilson cover “Still I Dream of It”.
Soon after, he released his second album, “From Every Sphere” in February 2004. The album soon became his highest-charting release in the UK attaining position 39 on UK Charts. The album also produced Ed’s highest-charting single to date, All of Your Days Will Be Blessed at No. 35. After the release, he went on a tour throughout the UK. After the tour, he released his third album, Strangers, in September 2004. The album was featured at #57 in the UK and #7 in Sweden. The album is also noted for producing the notable singles, “This One’s for You”, “Born in the ’70s”, and “Loneliness.”
Ed spent 2005 plying several live dates for a side project called “Wild Boar”. He released a special collection of B-sides and rarities titled “Elephant’s Graveyard as a digital download on August 2005. Next, he made a live performance at the annual Meltdown Festival in London in support of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. There, he joined curator Patti Smith for a rendition of “Pissing in a River”. He also was part of the ensemble that performed the William Blake inspired Songs of Innocence.
Ed released his fourth album, The Beautiful Lie in June 2006. The album got generally favorable reviews. It was, however, not as successful as the previous ones charting at No. 97 on UK charts. In early 2007, he created several songs with the French Jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz for the album, “Arkhangelsk”. He also made some live performances with Truffaz’s group in promotion of the album. That same year, he released the compilation album “Until Tomorrow Then: The Best of Ed Harcourt”. The album featured material from the first seven years of his recording career.
In 2009, Ed signed with Dovecote Records in the United States and released “The Beautiful Lie” stateside. He also released his new EP titled “Russian Roulette” in that same year. In early 2010, he wrote a song called “Isabel” for the SOS Children’s Villages Emergency Relief Fund in Haiti. That same year, he released his 5th album “Lustre” through his record label Piano Wolf Recordings. He was next heard in 2013 when he released the album Back into The Woods through CCCLX. Soon after, he went on a headlining tour around England.
The year after, Ed released the 6-track mini-album, Time of Dust, also on CCCLX. In 2015, performed the 17-minute piece “Restoration” for the Belgian charity MusicFund. In August 2016, he released his 7th studio album, “Furnaces” which he describes as “gently apocalyptic pop with billowy choruses”.
In 2007, after his release of the Best of Collection “Until Tomorrow Then” he changed career and started working as a songwriter on other acts. He has been writing songs for various acts such as the title track for the Paloma Faith album Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?. He has also worked as a co-writer and producer with Sophie Ellis-Bextor on her fifth studio album Wanderlust. In 2014, he wrote and performed with Marianne Faithful on her Give My Love to London project. Besides these, he has worked with other notable artists such as Jamie Cullum, James Bay, Lisa Marie Presley, and Paul Hartnoll.
Ed Harcourt Age
He was born on the 14th of August 1977. As of 2019, he is 42 years old.
Ed Harcourt Family
He was born as Edward Henry Richard Harcourt-Smith to Maj. Charles Harcourt-Smith of the Life Guards and also a former diplomat, and his wife Sabrina, an art historian. Years later, he married Gita Harcourt-Smith (maiden name Langley), a singer and songwriter with The Langley Sisters. Together, the couple has two children, one daughter named Roxy, and a son named Franklyn.
Ed Harcourt Discography
- Here Be Monsters (25 June 2001)
- From Every Sphere (17 February 2003)
- Strangers (13 September 2004)
- The Beautiful Lie (5 June 2006)
- Lustre (14 June 2010)
- Back into the Woods (25 February 2013)
- Time of Dust (January 2014)
- Furnaces (August 2016)
- Beyond the End (November 2018)