Nate Ruess, lead singer of the multi-platinum, Grammy award winning indie-rock band fun., has been performing since he was a teenager, first as the lead singer of The Format. While touring with The Format, Ruess met Jack Antonoff on tour, who was leading his own band Steel Train at the time. In 2008, Nate and Jack decided to combine forces, and along with Andrew Dost, became fun.
The band's critically acclaimed sophomore album, Some Nights, featuring the chart-topping singles "We Are Young," "Some Nights," "Carry On," was praised by The New York Times for its "grandiose pop tunes with complex structures, soaring hooks, and pensive verses." In 2013, fun. took home two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Song Of The Year) and Some Nights was certified platinum. In addition to his success with fun., Ruess collaborated with pop singer Pink in 2013 on the pop ballad, "Just Give Me A Reason." The single was nominated for two 2014 Grammy Awards (Song Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group...
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In conversation with Stanford Professor Tina Seelig, singer/songwriter Nate Ruess discusses the importance of being aware of trends in the culture and the market to avoid being left behind when doing creative work.