Nate Ruess

Nate Ruess Biography

Singer (1982–)
With his band Fun., singer Nate Ruess has scored such hits as "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."


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), which featured two of 2012's most popular singles: "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."

Early Life

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 . 

Ruess then moved to New York, where he soon formed a new group.

Fame with Fun.

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.

In September 2013, Ruess canceled a show on the group's tour in an effort to rest his voice. He'd been experiencing "some crazy and annoying vocal issues" since the previous December, he explained on the band's website. There was no "permanent damage" done, but he had to take some time off to recuperate.

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