GRAMMY-nominated and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Glen Hansard recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Hansard discussed his early music memories of listening to David Bowie and Bob Dylan, writing the music for the award-winning film Once and his 2012 debut solo album, Rhythm And Repose. Hansard also performed a brief set, including tracks from the Once soundtrack "Say It To Me Now" and "Gold."
"We were kind of aware of the fact that we were making something beautiful. That was all we knew," said Hansard on filming Once. "We just agreed that it felt like we were making something really special. Because when you're in the creative process, you never dare to say, 'This is gonna be the one.' … You're always just quietly hoping it's going to connect."
Drawing on influences such as Leonard Cohen, Dylan and Van Morrison, Dublin-native Hansard is known for his work with indie rock group the Frames and the Swell Season, the folk/rock duo he formed with singer/pianist and Once collaborator Markéta Irglová. Hansard released several albums with the Frames, including their 1992 debut Another Love Song and their last album to date, 2007's The Cost, which peaked at No. 46 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. During that time, Hansard formed the Swell Season and the duo released their self-titled debut in 2006. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
In 2006 Hansard and Irglová appeared in the indie film Once, which garnered them an Oscar for Music (Original Song) for "Falling Slowly." The song also garnered a GRAMMY nomination at the 50th GRAMMY Awards for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. The soundtrack also garnered a nomination and marked the tenth best-selling soundtrack of 2007, according to Billboard. The Swell Season released Strict Joy in 2009, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.
Released in 2012, Rhythm & Repose marks Hansard's first solo album. The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. Hansard is currently on tour throughout Europe, with dates scheduled through November.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Spotlight: Tift Merritt (Aug. 8), The Drop: Skylar Grey (Aug. 8), an evening featuring Bad Impressions (Aug. 12), and Who Is Prince Really? An In-Depth Conversation (Aug. 14).