A virtual unknown in his native Ireland but a household name in his adopted homeland of Germany, Rea Garvey is best-known as the former-frontman of alt rock quintet Reamonn (they broke up in 2011). Born in Tralee, County Kerry in 1973, he started his career fronting Dubliners the Reckless Pedestrians but in 1998, emigrated to Germany where he first worked as a roadie and sold T-shirts before founding Reamonn, who went on to score 15 Top 40 singles and five Top Ten albums during the noughties. Garvey simultaneously pursued various other projects, duetting with the likes of Nelly Furtado ("All Good Things") and Mary J. Blige ("Each Tear"), contributing vocals to dance tracks by Jam and Spoon ("Be Angeled"), Paul Van Dyk ("Let Go"), and ATB ("Running a Wrong Way"), and writing songs for talent show winners Nu Pagadi and Elli Erl. In 2011, he released his debut solo single, "Can't Stand the Silence," and its parent album of the same name, and was appointed as one of the judges on Germany's version of The Voice.
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2011 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)
After five albums with his main band Reamonn, singer Rea Garvey released his first solo album, Can't Stand the Silence, in 2011. While much of the album offers a sound similar to the rock sound of Reamonn, it also includes a number of quieter tracks and introduces some new elements such as electronic sounds (the title track) and orchestral flourishes. Produced by Garvey and Andy Chatterly, the record features a guest appearance by Xavier Naidoo on the ballad "My Child." Can't Stand the Silence is also available as a limited deluxe edition with a second CD that collects 12 previous solo tracks by Garvey from soundtracks and other artists' albums. © Christian Genzel /TiVo