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With his band Fun., singer Nate Ruess has scored such hits as "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."
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Born in Iowa in 1982, singer Nate Ruess began performing in high school. He formed the Format in 2001 with Sam Means. Two years later, they released the album Interventions + Lullabies. Ruess put out another album with the Format, Dog Problems, in 2006. After the band split up in 2008, he started a new group called Fun. with Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. Fun.'s first album, Aim and Ignite, came out in 2009. Two years later, they released Some Nights (2011),
"I always kind of just figured I could sing because of my uncle being on Broadway, that it was just something that I should be able to do. When I was 14 or 15, I think I just realized I wanted, I had to be in a band."
which featured two of 2012's most popular singles: "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."
Born on February 26, 1982, in Iowa City, Iowa, Nathaniel Joseph Ruess has become a leading pop singer with his band Fun. He grew up on a farm in Arizona with his older sister, Libby. According to azcentral.com, Ruess's mother, Bess, said, "Music was a very huge thing in our house. And nothing was off-limits to the kids. They could play any records they wanted to play."
An interest in singing ran in the family as well. Nate's uncle, John Ruess, has appeared in a number of Broadway musicals, including Les Miserables. During his youth, Nate saw his uncle perform in touring productions, and as a teenager, he decided that he wanted to be a performer as well. Ruess was a student at Deer Valley High School when he started his first band, Nevergonnascore. They practiced in his family's garage.
Around 2001, Nate Ruess formed the Format with Sam Means, with whom he'd been in other groups. The group quickly became a fixture on the alternative rock scene in Arizona. They released a five-song EP called EP in 2002, and the track "The First Single" helped them score a record deal with Elektra Records. The Format released their first album, Interventions + Lullabies, in 2003.
Ruess's major label debut didn't attract much attention nationally, however, and the group ended up releasing their next effort, Dog Problems, on their own. The record received some critical recognition. In 2008, Ruess and Means decided to part ways. "When the Format broke up, for at least a bit little bit of time I lost confidence," Ruess later explained to Spin.com.
Ruess then moved to New York, where he soon formed a new group.
In 2008, Ruess joined forces with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff to start the band Fun. The group put out its first album, Aim and Ignite, the following year. But it was their second effort, Some Nights (2011), that put them on the charts. The song "We Are Young" received a huge boost when it was featured on an episode of the television show Glee.
"We Are Young" was also used in a car commercial that ran during the 2012 Super Bowl, which helped send the single further up the charts. Fun. also had great success with the album's title track. Both of these singles were top-selling songs in 2012. The band went on to earn several Grammy Award nominations that year, winning the Grammy for best new artist.
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