Jake Shears Bio - Biography

Name Jake Shears
Naionality American
Date of Birth 3-October-1978
Place of Birth Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Famous for Singing
Jake Shears is an American singer and the lead male vocalist for the U.S. music group Scissor Sisters. Shears came out to his parents at the urging of Dan Savage, who later called his advice "the worst I've ever given". In 2010, he participated in Savage's It Gets Better Project. Shears' early performances included a play of Narnia in 1993, directed by Fred Yockers.

In New York, Shears attended The New School's Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, where he studied fiction writing and was classmates with Travis Jeppesen. Shears also wrote pieces for the gay magazine HX. For a while, Shears, who in 2006 had a boyfriend, was a fixture on the New York gay and electro clash scene. In 2000, Shears also worked as a music reviewer for Paper magazine. Shears and Hoffman formed the Scissor Sisters in 2001 as a kind of performance art lark, playing outrageous shows in clubs like Luxx, the heart of the electro clash scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Shears lived. After a couple years struggling in New York (working with record label A Touch of Class, who produced "Comfortably Numb" and "Filthy/Gorgeous"), the Sisters finally found success in the UK and Ireland—ending 2004 with the biggest-selling album of the year in the UK.

In concert, Shears is known for provocative dancing, flamboyant outfits, and near-nudity. (During his early years while he was struggling to make it in New York, he would often earn extra money as a Go-go dancer and male erotic dancer at male strip clubs). His musical influences include ABBA, Blondie, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Roxy Music, The New York Dolls, Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, The Beatles, and Dolly Parton. The Scissor Sisters video for Filthy/Gorgeous was directed by John Cameron Mitchell after Shears met him at a gathering of the Radical Faeries.

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