Grimes is a singer, whose voice is called essential and even cosmic, and whose songs are called music of the future. The atypical combination of different styles and trends, a perfect soprano and fine taste make Grimes a unique phenomenon in show business.
The singer’s real name is Claire Elise Boucher. She was born on March 17, 1988, in Vancouver. Claire’s mother is Sandy Garossino, the prosecutor and well-known social activist in Canada. The singer's maternal grandmother is Ukrainian. Since her childhood, Grimes has heard her grandparents’ communication in Russian, and she has learned this language a little.
Subsequently, she repeatedly left hints about the Russian roots in her work. For example, the inscription I love you and a quote from Songs of the Final Meeting by Anna Akhmatova (she is one of the most favorite writers of the singer) is on the cover of her album Visions. At one of the concerts, she sang the poem I Loved You by Alexander Pushkin in Russian. In February 2019, she sang Janka Diaghilev’s song I Repeat 10 Times and Again.
In Vancouver, Boucher attended Catholic school. In 2006, after graduating from this school, she entered McGill University in Montreal, the oldest institution of higher education in Canada. Claire was always interested in studying, as well as fine arts and literature. For a long time, she had doubted, what to devote her life to, and she chose the Department of Neurobiology.
As a student, Claire was fond of music. Since 2007, she began performing as DJ Grimes in the clubs in Montreal, compiling hip-hop, rock, and electronics. Experimenting with different styles and trends, the girl found her unique sound. She and other musicians organized performances in an abandoned textile factory in the suburbs of Montreal and recorded her two songs, included in the collection of Canadian electronic music in 2009.
Inspired by Frank Gebert’s Dune and other science fiction books, Claire released two albums with her label Arbutus Records in 2010. Her songs Geidi Primes and Halfaxa did not bring the singer popularity, but they attracted the attention of other musicians and music critics, who noted the identity of Grimes, her voice, and artistry.
In 2011, Claire left the University, because she devoted all her time to the music. In the spring of the same year, she and the Swedish indie singer Lykke Li went on a tour of North America. Later, she and the young Canadian avant-garde musician Chris d`Eon, known as d`Eon, recorded a few songs.
In 2012, Claire released her third album Vision with the label 4AD, which earned exceptionally enthusiastic reviews of the columnists of the most reputable music publications. It was entirely recorded on the computer editors in just three weeks, but it was called an album of the year in some sources. The New York Times called Vision the most impressive album of the year. In 2013, the album won the Electronic Album of the Year Award at the Juno.
Grimes - Vanessa - 2013 ACL Festival
The style of the album was characterized as a depressive electro-pop by Evan Ritlevski, an editor of Club. Matt James of Pop Matters called the album an absolute intellectual explosion.
The video for the song Genesis was directed by Claire. She created the cover of the album, having written the Russian lines from the poem by Anna Akhmatova.
Grimes - Genesis
In 2014, Boucher released the song Go. She offered Rihanna to buy it, but the star rejected the track, finding it not interesting enough. According to the editors of Rolling Stone, this song became one of the best songs of the year.
In 2015, Grimes joined the concert tour of Lana Del Rey, and at the end of the year, she released Art Angels, which was also recorded by Janelle Monet and Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. The album became the most successful. It was not as gloomy as the previous one, and it was more personal and outspoken. Art Angels led the top 50 best albums of the year.
The singer spent 2016 on a tour of Asia and Europe. In 2017, she announced the preparation for a new album, on which she had worked for two years.
Her Other Projects
In addition to music, Claire has become famous as an artist. Working on the covers of her albums, she is inspired by Japanese anime and manga. The artist’s drawings are exhibited in various galleries.
Claire designed a capsule collection of T-shirts for Yves Saint-Laurent.
Grimes has been the face of Louis Vuitton since 2016.
Personal Life of Grimes
At the beginning of her career, Grimes briefly had a relationship with the Canadian musician Devon Welch. Then, she has dating musician James Brooks for a few years.
In the spring of 2018, it became known that she was in love with Elon Musk, an entrepreneur, a famous engineer, one of the richest people in the world. The couple visits social events together. The media publish notes, reporting that the billionaire has serious intentions. He has even decided to introduce his girlfriend to his children.
In January 2020, Grimes announced to fans about her pregnancy with Elon Musk. In May, the couple had a boy, whom the lovers named X Æ A-12, where, according to Grimes, X stands for "unknown variable", "Æ" stands for "artificial intelligence or love", and "A-12" stands for an American high-altitude aircraft -scout.
In her interviews, the singer says that her speech defect is insignificant. Her fans believe that a slight lisp gives her even more charm.
Claire is a vegetarian. She believes that it is unacceptable to eat meat and wear clothes made of leather and fur.
In the period from 2018 to 2019, the singer announced new compositions and was preparing for the release of the album. So, at this time excerpts from "So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth" and "Pretty Dark" were released. In addition, Grimes has released a collaborative track "Nihilist Blues" with Bring Me The Horizon.
In February 2020, Grimes presented her fifth album, "Miss Anthropocene". Nothing is known about the Grimes tours, but in 2019 the singer mentioned that it would be nice to send her hologram on tour. Fans of this idea were not very happy.