Rolling Stone Biography
Duncan Sheik

Born in 1969 in Montclair, N.J., singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik grew up in New Jersey and South Carolina, where music was an integral part of his upbringing. He began learning the piano before the age of five and took up guitar as a teenager, playing in a series of '80s cover bands. While attending Brown University in the early '90s, Sheik hooked up with fellow student (and soon-to-be-famous-chanteuse) Lisa Loeb who invited to him to play in her band. After graduation, Sheik left for Los Angeles, where he shopped a demo tape around, eventually signing a deal with Atlantic Records. Duncan Sheik was produced by Rupert Hine and recorded at his 150-year-old French chateau outside Paris. The album reached gold status within a year of its release thanks to the Top 20 hit "Barely Breathing." Sheik's sophomore effort, Humming, also produced by Hine, was recorded in Spain. The album was released on Atlantic in the fall of '98. Christina Cramer