JOHN RZEZNIK
– Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and The Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik approaches songwriting with a workmanlike craftsmanship and analog sense of soul. He has imparted that energy and ethic into nearly three decades of music, penning cornerstones from the modern American songbook such as “Iris,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” and “Name,” among many others. His songs continue to influence subsequent generations. Everyone from Leona Lewis and Boyz II Men to Sleeping with Sirens and New Found Glory has covered the band, while Avril Lavigne, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota, and Cash Cash have jumped at the chance to duet with him. Recognizing the impact of his storytelling and songcraft, the Songwriters Hall of Fame bestowed the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” upon the frontman in 2008.

Since their 1986 formation back in Buffalo, NY, The Goo Goo Dolls—Rzeznik and Robby Takac—have prolifically delivered a string of immortal anthems and albums, garnering four GRAMMY® Award nominations and selling over 10 million albums worldwide. After historically clinching #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks, Billboard lauded “Iris” as #1 on the “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart, placing “Slide” at #9 and “Name” at 24. Grinding it out on the road for over a decade supporting four fan favorite albums, the group unveiled 1995’s seminal A Boy Named Goo. Propelled by “Name,” it eventually earned an RIAA double-platinum certification and elevated the band to rock’s vanguard. In 1998, Dizzy Up The Girl became a global phenomenon, moving 6 million copies, going quadruple-platinum, and boasting “Iris” and “Slide” on its divine tracklisting. Both Gutterflower [2002] and Let Love In [2006] achieved gold status as Something for the Rest of Us [2010] and Magnetic [2013] soared to the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Most recently 2016’s Boxes received praise from People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them.

As the group’s You Should Be Happy EP [Warner Bros. Records] arrives in 2017, he embarks on a high-profile headline summer shed tour with The Goo Goo Dolls and launches his very own SiriusXM show Chorus and Verse on the VOLUME Channel. The hour-long show focuses on the nuances and magic of songwriting as Rzeznik interviews artists and musicians about the process inside and out. In the middle of everything, he became a first-time father in 2017.

This year marks a new dawn for Rzeznik as a father, husband, radio show host, performer, and, of course, songwriter.  He succinctly sums it up best, “I’m just a guy who wants to feel connected. Music is my way to do that.”

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