BRANDON FLOWERS FACTS:
Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Hometown: Henderson, Nevada
Albums: Flamingo (2010)
Awards: 2 NME Awards
Other: Keyboardist of the band The Killers.
Though Brandon Flowers may be best known as the lead singer for the synth-pop band The Killers, in 2010 the enigmatic vocalist announced an ambitious solo career, and though it only recently launched, his departure from the band appears to have been a good move.
Flowers formed The Killers with fellow bandmate Dave Keuning in Las Vegas after being abandoned by a previous musical endeavor. The duo quickly began performing together and added Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. to cement the lineup. The band's debut, Hot Fuss, was released in 2004 and was immensely popular. Thanks to a number of succesful tracks such as "Smile Like You Mean It," "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me," the album was certified triple platinum.
After the popularity of their first release, Flowers and the band found success with their follow up, 2006's Sam's Town. While the record was not quite as popular as its predecessor, it still sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, and is considered by some music fans to be the most underrated album of the decade. It also included one of the band's most well-known songs, "When You Were Young."
Over the next several years, The Killers continued to perform and record, but after the release of 2008's Day & Age, they announced an indefinite hiatus, providing Flowers with the opportunity to embark on his solo project.
Flowers announced his solo career in April 2010, and soon went on tour throughout the summer and fall. His elaborate stage show was believed by critics to be one of the best of the year, and his debut album, Flamingo, was officially released in September. While the record received generally mixed reviews, with critics noting that he maintains much the same sound as The Killers, it performed relatively well on the charts, and debuted at number eight in the United States and number on in the United Kingdom.
The album features a pair of popular tracks, "Crossfire" and "Only The Young," with the former breaking into the top 15 on rock charts in the U.S. The music video for the song also features contributions from a number of famous figures, including an appearance by Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron.
Flowers and the rest of his bandmates have not disclosed if and when The Killers are getting back together, but with an exciting live presence and a popular record, he appears to be doing just fine.