Grimes Canadian singer, Best Known For Her studio album Visions (2012) and for her singles Genesis and Oblivion.
Born Name: Claire Elise Boucher
Nick Name: Grimes
Occupation: Singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director
Years active: 2007–present
Born: March 17, 1988, 32, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
Hair Color: She has naturally Brown hair. (via Vogue). But, since the age of 10, she is dying them with different colors like Blonde, Pink, etc.
Eye Color: Hazel
Measurements: 29-23-32 in or 74-58.5-81 cm
Bra size: 28A
Genre: Synthpop, art pop, electronica, experimental pop, dream pop
Instruments: Vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, violin, ukulele, sampler, synthesizer
Label: Arbutus, 4AD, Roc Nation
Grimes attended Lord Byng Secondary School from where she later graduated.
Upon his graduation, Claire enrolled herself into McGill University where she studied neuroscience, philosophy, and Russian language.
Because of her music career, Grimes started missing too many classes which eventually led to being expelled from McGill University.
Father – Unknown (Executive at a Biotechnology Company)
Mother – Sandy Garossino (Crown Prosecutor and Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Observer, an online publication)
Siblings – Jay Worthy (Step-Brother)
Claire Elise Boucher (born March 17, 1988), known professionally as Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and visual artist. Her music incorporates elements of varied styles and genres including dream pop, R&B, electronic music, and hip hop.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Grimes began releasing music independently in the late 2000s, releasing two albums, Geidi Primes and Halfaxa in 2010 on Arbutus Records. She subsequently signed with 4AD and rose to fame with the release of her third studio album Visions in 2012. It produced the singles Genesis and Oblivion, and received the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year. Her fourth studio album Art Angels (2015) received critical praise, and was named the best album of the year by several publications. She is currently working on her fifth studio album, Miss Anthropocene, which will be released on February 21, 2020.
Life and career
1988–2008: Early life
Boucher is of French Canadian, Italian, Métis, and Ukrainian descent. She was raised Roman Catholic, and attended Catholic school. Her mother is Sandy Garossino, former Crown prosecutor and arts advocate; her father, a former banker, works in the business side of biotech. In 2006, Boucher relocated from Vancouver to Montreal to attend McGill University as a double major in neuroscience and Russian language, but left the school in early 2011 before finishing her degree.
According to the timestamps on her original Myspace page, Boucher began writing music under the name Grimes in 2007. Her performer name was chosen because at the time, MySpace allowed artists to list three musical genres. She listed grime for all three, before knowing what grime music was. Grimes is self-taught in music and visual art.
2009–2013: Career beginnings and Visions
Boucher’s debut album as Grimes, Geidi Primes, a concept album inspired by the Dune series, was released by Arbutus Records on cassette in 2010. Later in 2010, Boucher released her second album on Arbutus Records, Halfaxa. After the release of Halfaxa, Boucher began publicly promoting Grimes and started touring beyond Montreal. In 2011 Boucher released five songs on her side of the split 12″ with d’Eon, Darkbloom (through both Arbutus and Hippos in Tanks). Beginning in May 2011, Grimes opened for Lykke Li on her North American Tour, and the following August her debut album was re-released through No Pain in Pop Records, in CD and vinyl format for the first time. In 2011, she collaborated with DJ/producer Blood Diamonds.
Upon extensive touring and positive reception of her first two albums and her side of Darkbloom, Boucher signed with record label 4AD in January 2012. Considered Boucher’s breakout record, Visions appeared on a number of publications’ year-end lists. NME included it on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2013. Visions won the Electronic Album of the Year Award and Grimes was nominated for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Junos. Grimes also won the Artist of the Year Award at the 2013 Webbys.
After nine days you have no stimulation, so your subconscious starts filling in the blanks … I started to feel like I was channelling spirits. I was convinced my music was a gift from God. It was like I knew exactly what to do next, as if my songs were already written.
Grimes in The Guardian, April 27, 2012
The album’s second single, Oblivion, also received critical acclaim and was produced into a music video co-directed by Emily Kai Bock and Grimes. Pitchfork ranked Oblivion at number one on their 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far list in 2014. In interviews following the album’s release, Boucher explained that she was assigned a strict deadline by which to have her third album finished far before it was complete, resulting in her recording the bulk of Visions while isolated in her Montreal apartment for three consecutive weeks. Notably, this intensive recording session included a period of nine days without food, sleep, or company, with Boucher blacking out her windows since she generally could not make music as readily during the day. She described the writing process as being equally enjoyable and tortuous, feeling that its difficulty contributed to its success.
In April 2013, Boucher posted a written statement addressing her experience as a female musician in an industry rife with sexism and expressed disappointment that her feminist stance was often interpreted as anti-male. When speaking about her preference to produce all her studio albums herself, she said, I don’t wanna be the face of this thing I built, I want to be the one who built it.
On December 17, 2013, Boucher posted to her Tumblr that she had employed the services of Jay Z’s management company, Roc Nation.
2014–2017: Art Angels
On June 26, 2014, Grimes premiered her new track “Go”, produced by and featuring Blood Diamonds. It was a track that had been written for and rejected by Rihanna and was premiered on Zane Lowe’s radio 1 show. Rolling Stone ranked it number fourteen on their Best Songs of 2014 list.
On March 8, 2015, she released a self-directed video for a demo from the abandoned album, REALiTi, which received critical acclaim from music critics, being named Best New Music by Jenn Pelly from Pitchfork, calling it the “best new Grimes song since Visions.
On March 15, 2015, Grimes and Bleachers released their collaboration, “Entropy” for the HBO TV show Girls. On May 24, 2015, Grimes announced via a series of tweets to her fans that her upcoming album will be “surprise” released sometime in October. She also explained that the album would be a departure from previous singles Go and REALiTi and was recorded with real instruments, a departure from the primarily synth and sampler driven composing of her prior releases.
In the summer of 2015, Grimes toured with Lana Del Rey for several of her Endless Summer Tour dates. She then toured in the fall of 2015 as the headliner of her own Rhinestone Cowgirls Tour with opener Nicole Dollanganger. On October 20, 2015 Grimes announced that the name of her upcoming album would be Art Angels by sharing the album’s cover art on her Instagram account.
On October 26, 2015, Grimes simultaneously released the lead single of the album, Flesh Without Blood, and a two act music video featuring both Flesh Without Blood and an additional song from the album, Life in the Vivid Dream. After its November release, the album received very favourable reviews, garnering an 88 (out of 100) rating on Metacritic and the Best New Music designation from Pitchfork.
Jessica Hopper of Pitchfork described Art Angels as evidence of Boucher’s labor and an articulation of a pop vision that is incontrovertibly hers… an epic holiday buffet of tendentious feminist fuck-off, with second helpings for anonymous commenters and music industry blood-suckers.
Art Angels was named best album of the year by NME, Exclaim! and Stereogum. It peaked at number 1 on the Billboard US Top Alternative Album Chart and number 2 on the Billboard Top Independent Album chart. Grimes won the 2016 International award at the Socan Annual Awards and the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Musician of the Year Award in October.
In the spring of 2016, Grimes toured Asia and Europe with supporting act Hana on the Ac!d Reign Tour. Grimes continued touring through the summer of 2016, performing at various music festivals across North America and opening for Florence and the Machine on select dates of the How Beautiful Tour.
Continuing the series of music videos for songs off Art Angels that began with Flesh Without Blood and Life in the Vivid Dream (Act I and Act II, respectively), Boucher released the music video for Kill V. Maim (Act III) on January 19, 2016 and the music video for California (Act IV) on May 9, 2016.
Boucher crafted a slightly remixed version of California for the music video in order to achieve a less dissonant visual/auditory mix. This alternate version of California has not otherwise been officially released for sale or streaming. On August 3, Grimes released the song Medieval Warfare as part of the soundtrack of the summer blockbuster Suicide Squad.
On October 5, 2016, Boucher with friend and collaborator Hana Pestle, more commonly known by stage name Hana, released The Ac!d Reign Chronicles, a lo-fi series of seven music videos including songs by Grimes (Butterfly, World Princess Part II, Belly of the Beat and Scream) and Hana (Underwater, Chimera and Avalanche), each starring in their respective segments.
Additional appearances include Aristophanes in SCREAM and two of Grimes’ backup dancers, Linda Davis and Alyson Van, throughout the series. The AC!D Reign Chronicles were recorded over the course of two weeks during the duo’s time touring Europe and were made with minimal production, shot exclusively on iPhones with no crew aside from Boucher’s brother, Mac Boucher, who assisted with filming. Post production, Claire Boucher and Hana Pestle edited the videos in their entirety. Concept & Art direction are credited to Claire Boucher.
On February 2, 2017, Grimes premiered on Tidal the high budget futuristic music video of “Venus Fly”, starring herself and Janelle Monáe. The video was uploaded on YouTube on February 9. She won Best Dance Video for Venus Fly at the Much Music Video Awards. In 2017, Grimes won a JUNO Award for Video of the Year, featuring Kill V. Maim.
2018–present: Miss Anthropocene and collaborations
By late 2017 and early 2018, Grimes had revealed on both Instagram and Twitter that she was working on her fifth upcoming album, which she stated may be released in 2018. However, in February 2018, she wrote on Instagram, well no music any time soon after all.
It was later revealed that this was due to a clash with her label, 4AD. She later revealed on an Instagram post that she would eventually be releasing two albums, and that they would be separated by a period of time, with the first being released with 4AD, and the second with an undisclosed label. Boucher stated that this first album will be highly collaborative and characterized by most glorious light”, with the second highlighting themes of pure darkness and chaos. She did not disclose the release dates of the two albums at that time.
On April 10, 2018, Grimes was featured on Pynk by Janelle Monáe. Pynk was the third single from Monáe’s album Dirty Computer. On May 30, 2018, Grimes was featured on Love4Eva by LOONA yyxy from their EP Beauty & the Beat.
On June 15, 2018, she was featured in a video for Apple’s Behind the Mac series on their YouTube channel, with a preview of a song from her upcoming album titled That’s What the Drugs Are For. On the same day, she posted two Twitter videos previewing two songs from her upcoming album, adore u (beautiful game) and 4 æm.
In 2018, Grimes composed the theme music for Netflix’s animated series Hilda. On October 31, 2018, Grimes was featured on Play Destroy by Poppy on her album Am I a Girl? Grimes appears on Bring Me the Horizon’s Nihilist Blues from their sixth album, Amo.
On November 26, 2018, Grimes posted several images of new merchandise on her Instagram, and three days later, released a new single, We Appreciate Power, featuring HANA. On March 19, 2019, Grimes announced via Instagram that her new album will be titled Miss_Anthropocene and will be a concept album about the anthropomorphic Goddess of climate Change… and Each song will be a different embodiement of human extinction as depicted through a pop star Demonology.
Her goal with this album is to “make climate change fun… so maybe it’ll be a bit easier to look at if it can exist as a character and not just abstract doom. In terms of what she’ll be releasing beforehand, she says, It’s possible I will drop an EP or a few more singles of synth-based stuff b4 the album because its mostly ethereal nu metal (ish), and i know a lot of people miss the synths and whatnot.
On March 13, 2019, Grimes released a demo unrelated to the upcoming album. The demo is titled Pretty Dark, which, according to the video description, is “NOT a single… just a demo. This is from an AR musical i’m working on. She adds, …gna start making AR (or illustrated?) sub-members within Grimes (The art angels, as it were…) They are the main characters from the book/musical I’m working on… Grimes stated that she has this whole other world she’s working on besides what Grimes currently is. She also mentions that while I’m finishing my album I’m just gonna start casually dropping stuff as I see fit. The character in the music video is named Dark.
On April 4, 2019, Grimes posted a promotional post on Instagram for the piece about her in Cultured Magazine, and in it she stated, p.s. I hid an ambient psychedelic somewhere on SoundCloud I doubt u can find it. In response to another Instagram post, Grimes later posted a picture with a Russian caption translating to princess. Someone then found the secret track, titled принцесса (Russian for princess) — posted March 29, 2019 on SoundCloud by the username Dark, location listed as Death Star, Antarctica.
On August 13, 2019, Grimes posted an advertisement for the Adidas by Stella McCartney Fall 2019 collection on Instagram, which Grimes is the face of. The description announced that the first single from Miss_Anthropocene will be released on September 13, 2019.
On September 5, 2019, Grimes released the music video of Violence, featuring i_o, the second single from Miss Anthropocene.
On October 25, 2019, an unfinished version of Miss_Anthropocene leaked online.
On November 13, 2019, Grimes announced via Instagram that she would be releasing a new single titled So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth on Friday (November 15). Two versions of the single were released on that date: the Art Mix (6:13, album version) and the Algrorithm Mix (3:51).
On November 29, 2019, Grimes released My Name is Dark. She wrote, produced, performed, and engineered the song herself.
Grimes music draws on an eclectic mix of styles, including electronic music, synth-pop, R&B, dream pop, and hip hop, and has been described as synth-pop and art pop. Her work has been likened to various artists, including Björk, Julianna Barwick, Siouxsie Sioux, and Enya. She was described by Tastemakers Magazine as an alien love-child of Aphex Twin and ABBA. The Guardian summarised her musical style By sounding a little like everything you’ve ever heard, the whole sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard.
The Japan Times wrote that Grimes’ “otherworldly, Ableton-assisted music is crammed full of hooks fit to sit alongside Rihanna and Taylor Swift in the Top 40. Dazed stated In a sense, she’d always thrived on being too pop for indie and too indie for pop. Her lyrics were described by The Guardian as generally elusive and impressionistic, shying away from specifics. Grimes is a soprano. The Daily Telegraph described her vocals as sweet, thin and hazy.
She utilizes looping and layering techniques, particularly with vocals many of her songs feature layers of over fifty different vocal tracks which create an ethereal sound.
Grimes described her music as ADD music, shifting frequently and dramatically – I go through phases a lot. She said she considers herself a pop artist in a broad sense. Most music with traditional verse, chorus and bridge structures can probably be considered pop. But I think most people think about Top 40 these days when they use the word pop, and I’m emphatically not from that world. She said that Panda Bear’s 2007 album Person Pitch jumpstarted her mind. She explains, Up until that point I had basically only made weird atonal drone music, with no sense of songwriting. I barely understood anything about music … But suddenly all music clicked into place and seemed so simple and easy. I was pretty much able to spontaneously write songs immediately after listening to this album once.
Grimes’ influences include Aphex Twin, Bikini Kill, Black Dice, Blink-182, Blue Hawaii, David Bowie, Burial, Kate Bush, Mariah Carey, Cocteau Twins, Dungeon Family, Enya, Al Green, Hildegard von Bingen, How to Dress Well, Chris Isaak, Michael Jackson, Jedi Mind Tricks, Billy Joel, Yoko Kanno, Kenji Kawai, Alicia Keys, Yayoi Kusama, Marilyn Manson, Mindless Self Indulgence, Joanna Newsom, New Edition, Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Panda Bear, Paramore, Queen, Trent Reznor, Salem, Skinny Puppy, Tool, St. Vincent, Dandi Wind, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs; also K-pop, medieval music and The Legend of Zelda.
Grimes created the album art for all of her albums, as well as art lithos for each track on Art Angels that were sold with the vinyl release. Her art is influenced by Japanese anime, manga, and comic artists such as Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes. Grimes illustrates her merchandise, including T-shirts, album art and show posters. Her illustrations have appeared in gallery shows, including at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. She created an alternate cover for Image Comics The Wicked + The Divine and designed a capsule collection of T-shirts for Saint Laurent in 2013.
That year, she also curated a two-day event at the Audio Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in NYC with a silent auction to benefit the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s campaign to raise awareness of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.
Boucher has a step-brother who raps under the name Jay Worthy, they collaborated on the single, Christmas Song, which was released on the Rough Trade bonus disc of her album, Visions. One of her brothers, Mac Boucher, was involved in the making of some of her music videos, such as Violence, Go, Realiti, Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream, Kill V. Maim, Venus Fly and We Appreciate Power.
In 2009, Boucher and a friend attempted to sail down the Mississippi River to New Orleans from Minneapolis in a houseboat they built. Following several mishaps, including engine trouble and encounters with law enforcement, the houseboat was impounded by the city of Minneapolis. Boucher claims that elements of the story, such as the pair having a typewriter on the houseboat, were exaggerated in the newspapers that reported on it at the time. The adventure has been turned into an animated video narrated by T-Bone Burnett.
In 2014, Boucher wrote a blog post expressing her aversion to hard drugs and regretting having lost friends to drugs. I don’t want hard drug use to be part of my narrative she said.
Boucher is a vegetarian for ethical reasons, and usually avoids dairy but says she will eat it on the road if nothing else is available because she won’t starve herself. As a singer, Boucher is known for having a lisp; she stated that she likes it, and has no desire to undergo speech therapy.
From 2007 to 2010, Boucher was in an on-and-off relationship with Devon Welsh, then the lead vocalist of Majical Cloudz. The two met in 2007 at a first-year dorm party while studying at McGill University.
Since 2018, she has been called c (the symbol for the speed of light) in her personal life.
Since 2018, Boucher has been in a relationship with technology entrepreneur Elon Musk. They met after discovering on Twitter that they both came up with the same pun relating to Rococo and the thought experiment Roko’s basilisk.
On January 8, 2020, Boucher announced that she was pregnant with her first child. Her partner, Elon Musk, is rumored to be the father, although this has not been yet confirmed by either Boucher or Musk.
Grimes has been signed with Coda Agency and William Morris Endeavor.
She has Ukrainian, Russian, Italian and Quebecois ancestry.
Hairstyle and Dressing style
Nose and Ears
She has served as the face of Stella McCartney perfume POP.
She has also soundtracked an Expedia commercial.
On January 10, 2010, Claire’s debut album was released by the name Geidi Primes via Arbutus label. The album has a running time of 31 minutes and 32 seconds with a total of 11 tracks included.
In 2012, Grimes appeared as Saint-Boniface in the short comedy movie Tabula Rasa.
First TV Show
In 2012, Grimes made a guest appearance in one episode of the musical talk show Later… With Jools Holland.
Claire Boucher’s workout routine is not known. But, her diet is vegan. She stays away from dairy and other animal based products.
Grimes Favorite Things
City – Los Angeles (L.A.)
Drink- Vodka and water with pickle
Color – Red / Purple
For 11 years, Grimes attended ballet classes.
At the age of 18, she shifted to Montreal, Quebec.
She began her music career while at college in 2007.
In 2010, Grimes released a new album by the name Halfaxa.
Her stage name “Grimes” came from MySpace where her tracks were listed in the Grime genre numerous times.
She penned a deal with the 4AD label in January 2012.
On January 31, 2012, Grimes released her third album Visions.
On December 17, 2013, Claire signed with Roc Nation label.
She generally makes the art for each one of her albums. Her work has been influenced by Japanese manga, and anime artists such as Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns.
In 2014, Claire admitted to using the drugs and alcohol which resulted in her losing a lot of friends.
She and her step-brother Jay Worthy made the song Christmas Song together.
Visit Grimes’ official website @ grimesmusic.com.