About Damien Rice
∙ In the ’90s, Damien Rice—then going by the name Dodi Ma—sang for the Irish band Juniper, which later evolved into Bell X1 after he left over creative disagreements.
∙ Following his departure from Juniper, Rice busked around Europe and also tried his hand at farming in Tuscany.
∙ He recorded his debut album, 2002’s O, on mobile studio equipment bought by his second cousin, noted James Bond film composer David Arnold.
∙ To ensure complete creative control, Rice originally self-released O on his own label.
∙ In December 2011, British The X Factor winners Little Mix took a cover of Rice’s song “Cannonball” to No. 1 in the UK.
∙ Rice continued to busk even after his career took off and has been spotted singing on sidewalks with Glen Hansard and U2’s Bono.
HOMETOWNCounty Kildare, Ireland
BORNDecember 7, 1973