Father John Misty

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BornFather John Misty_header_cell_0_1_0 Joshua Michael Tillman
(1981-05-03) May 3, 1981 (age 39)

Rockville, Maryland, U.S.Father John Misty_cell_0_1_1

Other namesFather John Misty_header_cell_0_2_0 J. TillmanFather John Misty_cell_0_2_1
OccupationFather John Misty_header_cell_0_3_0 Father John Misty_cell_0_3_1
Years activeFather John Misty_header_cell_0_4_0 2001–presentFather John Misty_cell_0_4_1
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LabelsFather John Misty_header_cell_0_7_0 Father John Misty_cell_0_7_1
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WebsiteFather John Misty_header_cell_0_9_0 Father John Misty_cell_0_9_1

Joshua Michael Tillman (born May 3, 1981), better known by his stage name Father John Misty, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Father John Misty_sentence_0

He has also performed and released studio albums under the name J. Tillman. Father John Misty_sentence_1

Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman had been a member of or toured with Demon Hunter, Saxon Shore, Fleet Foxes, Jeffertitti's Nile, Pearly Gate Music, Siberian, Har Mar Superstar, Poor Moon, Low Hums, Jonathan Wilson, and has toured extensively with Pacific Northwest artists Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes, and David Bazan. Father John Misty_sentence_2

He has also made contributions to albums by popular artists, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Post Malone and has produced one album for Matthew Daniel Siskin, known as Gambles. Father John Misty_sentence_3

Early life Father John Misty_section_0

Tillman grew up in an Evangelical Christian household in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb outside of Washington, D.C. Father John Misty_sentence_4

He is the son of Barbara and I.C. Father John Misty_sentence_5

Tillman, an engineer at Hewlett-Packard, who met at a Christian youth group. Father John Misty_sentence_6

His mother was raised in Ethiopia, where her own parents were missionaries. Father John Misty_sentence_7

The eldest of four children, he has a brother and two sisters. Father John Misty_sentence_8

Before Tillman settled on a career as a musician, he briefly had ambitions of becoming a pastor because of the performance aspect when he was approximately six years old. Father John Misty_sentence_9

He comments that his parents focused on the spiritual aspects of his upbringing, which he describes as "culturally oppressive". Father John Misty_sentence_10

They were estranged for many years, but they reconciled. Father John Misty_sentence_11

After learning drums at a young age, Tillman learned guitar when he was 12. Father John Misty_sentence_12

Tillman was raised in a Baptist church, attended an Episcopal elementary school, then a Pentecostal Messianic day school. Father John Misty_sentence_13

Tillman said he was naive when he was growing up because there was limited cultural influence and no secular music allowed. Father John Misty_sentence_14

Around the age of 17, there were new stipulations from his parents – he was allowed to listen to secular music that had a "spiritual theme". Father John Misty_sentence_15

For this reason, his early purchases included albums like Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming as he was able to establish that Dylan was classified as a "Christian artist". Father John Misty_sentence_16

Career Father John Misty_section_1

Early career and Fleet Foxes (2004–2012) Father John Misty_section_2

After attending Nyack College in New York for a year, Tillman moved to Seattle when he was 21. Father John Misty_sentence_17

He found a job there working at a bakery, which allowed him to record at night before his 4:30 am shift began. Father John Misty_sentence_18

A demo he made eventually found its way to Seattle singer and songwriter Damien Jurado. Father John Misty_sentence_19

A year later Tillman started opening for Jurado. Father John Misty_sentence_20

At shows Tillman would distribute CD-R copies of songs that would later become his album I Will Return. Father John Misty_sentence_21

During the tour, he also struck up a friendship with Eric Fisher, who produced another CD-R album, Long May You Run. Father John Misty_sentence_22

Both albums were later released on Keep Recordings. Father John Misty_sentence_23

Tillman and Jurado both later signed on for a U.S. tour with Richard Buckner. Father John Misty_sentence_24

In 2006, the independent label Fargo Records released Tillman's first properly distributed solo album, Minor Works, and reissued I Will Return and Long May You Run as a two-disc set the same year. Father John Misty_sentence_25

In 2007, Yer Bird Records released his more elaborately arranged fourth album, Cancer and Delirium. Father John Misty_sentence_26

After signing to independent record label Western Vinyl, Tillman released two albums in 2009, Vacilando Territory Blues and Year in the Kingdom. Father John Misty_sentence_27

Tillman said he wrote the title track of Vacilando Territory Blues to describe imagery he associates with his move to Seattle. Father John Misty_sentence_28

His brother Zach subsequently moved there as well and is now in the musical group Pearly Gate Music. Father John Misty_sentence_29

The following year Tillman released Singing Ax. Father John Misty_sentence_30

In 2008, Tillman joined Seattle folk rock band Fleet Foxes as their drummer. Father John Misty_sentence_31

After extensive touring with Fleet Foxes, promoting their album Helplessness Blues, Tillman played his final show with the band in Tokyo on January 20, 2012. Father John Misty_sentence_32

Father John Misty moniker and Fear Fun (2012–2015) Father John Misty_section_3

Tillman released the album Fear Fun under his new moniker Father John Misty on May 1, 2012. Father John Misty_sentence_33

A couple of months prior to the release of the album a video was released for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" starring Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza. Father John Misty_sentence_34

The album was a dramatic departure from any of Tillman's prior releases. Father John Misty_sentence_35

As Father John Misty, Tillman was featured on Kid Cudi's 2013 album Indicud. Father John Misty_sentence_36

Tillman wrote an essay about Damien Jurado's recording, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian, 2014). Father John Misty_sentence_37

He also wrote the soundtrack for a short film called The History of Caves, directed by his wife, filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman. Father John Misty_sentence_38

The "Limited Run Promotional Poster" was available at the artist's website, and promoted a purported release called New Winter, described as a "Christmas Neu-Jazz Double Album", and quoted several paradoxes and reviews (for example, from The Wall Street Journal, calling it the "new standard by which all seasonal music must now be measured", or from Spin, giving the release 10 out of 10 points and calling it "[e]ssential year-round [sic] listening"). Father John Misty_sentence_39

The poster text further states that the release will be sold as "compact disc" as well as "[l]imited edition prismatic hologram 6xLP on merlot and emerald semi-translucent 180 gram vinyl with original alternate-side etchings by Josh Tillman available till supplies last". Father John Misty_sentence_40

The poster names five songs that are part of the track list: "Gesture I: Inoculation (Mother And Child)", "Gesture II: Feast Of Spirits", "Anacrusis Future Seed", "Naked Fire/The Fifth Season" and "Gemini". Father John Misty_sentence_41

Subsequent Father John Misty studio albums (2015–2018) Father John Misty_section_4

The album I Love You, Honeybear was released in February 2015 to widespread acclaim. Father John Misty_sentence_42

According to Tillman, it is a concept album about himself and his personal life. Father John Misty_sentence_43

Tillman made headlines by covering Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and "Welcome to New York" in 2015. Father John Misty_sentence_44

He claimed to have never listened to the artist prior to recording the covers. Father John Misty_sentence_45

This was done as a parody of Ryan Adams, who had released his own version of Swift's 1989, featuring covers of every song. Father John Misty_sentence_46

Tillman released a new song entitled "Real Love Baby" on May 19, 2016. Father John Misty_sentence_47

He appeared on the song "Saturday Night Inside Out" on The Avalanches' second studio album Wildflower, which was released on July 1, 2016. Father John Misty_sentence_48

Tillman gained media attention on July 22, 2016, after walking off stage at XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, New Jersey, after twenty minutes into his planned fifty-minute performance. Father John Misty_sentence_49

Instead of performing his setlist, Tillman walked out and asked, "What the fuck is going on?" Father John Misty_sentence_50

He then talked for six minutes about the "numbing" role entertainment plays in our lives and how "stupidity just fucking runs the world because entertainment is stupid." Father John Misty_sentence_51

When the audience applauded him he asked them not to and responded by saying, "Maybe just take a moment to be really fucking profoundly sad." Father John Misty_sentence_52

He finally played a thirteen-minute piece from his then-upcoming album Pure Comedy called "Leaving LA" which references the frustrations he spoke of during his speech. Father John Misty_sentence_53

Tillman then covered Leonard Cohen's "Bird on the Wire" before telling the crowd he loved them and walked off the stage, cutting his performance short. Father John Misty_sentence_54

The following day, Tillman explained his performance in an Instagram post, in which he called Donald Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention a "demonic clown pageant coronation of our next potential Idiot King", which took place the night before Tillman's performance. Father John Misty_sentence_55

On January 23, 2017, the single "Pure Comedy" was released alongside an accompanying music video. Father John Misty_sentence_56

The second single released off of Pure Comedy, "Two Wildly Different Perspectives", was released with another music video on January 30, 2017. Father John Misty_sentence_57

The third single released was "Ballad of the Dying Man" on February 1, 2017. Father John Misty_sentence_58

The fourth single, "Total Entertainment Forever", was released on the night it was performed on Saturday Night Live on March 4, 2017. Father John Misty_sentence_59

Pure Comedy was released on April 7, 2017. Father John Misty_sentence_60

The album sees Tillman externalize the stereotypical Father John Misty character that he developed through the two previous albums to prevent himself from being constricted to the character's image, using his personhood and experiences to expose his outlook on life. Father John Misty_sentence_61

The Pure Comedy World Tour began in April 2017 and continued into early 2018. Father John Misty_sentence_62

During this tour, Tillman mixed the tracks for his next album produced with Jonathan Rado, revealing potential song titles "Mr. Tillman, Please Exit the Lobby" (later shortened to "Mr. Tillman"), "Ouch, I'm Drowning", "Well, We're Only People and There's Nothing Much We Can Do About It", and "Dum Dum Blues". Father John Misty_sentence_63

The album explores heartache and was written during a six-week period where Tillman was living in a hotel. Father John Misty_sentence_64

Tillman released the lead single, "Mr. Tillman", from God's Favorite Customer on February 20, 2018. Father John Misty_sentence_65

The album was announced on April 18 and was released on June 1; its track listing was shared, alongside two further songs, "Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All" and "Just Dumb Enough to Try". Father John Misty_sentence_66

Hotel Artemis soundtrack and live album (2018–present) Father John Misty_section_5

British screenwriter and film producer Drew Pearce, who had previously directed the music video for "The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment", sought out Tillman for his directorial debut Hotel Artemis, when he wanted to cast a musician. Father John Misty_sentence_67

Tillman has a small role in the film as a bank robber, and has said that his character "gets his head blown off within, like, 30 seconds." Father John Misty_sentence_68

Tillman also contributed to the soundtrack of Hotel Artemis with the song "Gilded Cage", which was released on June 8, 2018, the same day as the film. Father John Misty_sentence_69

On March 23, 2020, Tillman released a live album titled Off-Key in Hamburg, which was recorded at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on August 8, 2019, on Bandcamp. Father John Misty_sentence_70

All proceeds from the album go to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Father John Misty_sentence_71

It has been described by NME as a "high-end luxury offering" and "immaculate". Father John Misty_sentence_72

Personal life Father John Misty_section_6

Tillman is married to photographer Emma Elizabeth Tillman. Father John Misty_sentence_73

They met in Los Angeles at the Laurel Canyon Country Store and were married in Big Sur. Father John Misty_sentence_74

They had lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, but have returned to Los Angeles. Father John Misty_sentence_75

Tillman had previously lived in Seattle for several years. Father John Misty_sentence_76

She has taken photographs for Father John Misty albums. Father John Misty_sentence_77

Tillman was raised in an Evangelical Christian household; he now openly criticizes religion in many of his songs. Father John Misty_sentence_78

He has said that he is still culturally Christian "for all intents and purposes," though he is troubled by the way Christianity is commonly expressed in the United States. Father John Misty_sentence_79

Tillman has struggled with depression and drug use. Father John Misty_sentence_80

He stated in 2017 that he microdoses on LSD daily to alleviate his depression and anxiety. Father John Misty_sentence_81

He also stated that he has been diagnosed with PTSD "by three therapists." Father John Misty_sentence_82

Discography Father John Misty_section_7

Main article: Josh Tillman discography Father John Misty_sentence_83

Studio albums Father John Misty_sentence_84

as J. Tillman Father John Misty_sentence_85

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as Father John Misty Father John Misty_sentence_86

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with Fleet Foxes Father John Misty_sentence_87

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with Saxon Shore Father John Misty_sentence_88

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  • Be a Bright Blue (2002)Father John Misty_item_3_13
  • Four Months of Darkness (2003)Father John Misty_item_3_14

Awards and nominations Father John Misty_section_8

A2IM Libera Awards Father John Misty_section_9

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_1_0_3
2015Father John Misty_cell_1_1_0 HimselfFather John Misty_cell_1_1_1 Hardworking Artist of the YearFather John Misty_cell_1_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_1_1_3
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty_cell_1_2_0 Album of the YearFather John Misty_cell_1_2_1 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_1_2_2
2016Father John Misty_cell_1_3_0 Creative Packaging AwardFather John Misty_cell_1_3_1 WonFather John Misty_cell_1_3_2
2018Father John Misty_cell_1_4_0 Pure ComedyFather John Misty_cell_1_4_1 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_1_4_2
Album of the YearFather John Misty_cell_1_5_0 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_1_5_1
HimselfFather John Misty_cell_1_6_0 Best Live ActFather John Misty_cell_1_6_1 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_1_6_2

Berlin Music Video Awards Father John Misty_section_10

The Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVAs) are an annual festival that puts filmmakers and the art behind music videos in the spotlight. Father John Misty_sentence_89

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_2_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_2_0_3
2017Father John Misty_cell_2_1_0 "Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution"Father John Misty_cell_2_1_1 Best Music VideoFather John Misty_cell_2_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_2_1_3
Best DirectorFather John Misty_cell_2_2_0 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_2_2_1

Grammy Awards Father John Misty_section_11

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Father John Misty_sentence_90

Josh received four nominations. Father John Misty_sentence_91

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_3_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_3_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_3_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_3_0_3
2012Father John Misty_cell_3_1_0 Helplessness BluesFather John Misty_cell_3_1_1 Best Folk AlbumFather John Misty_cell_3_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_3_1_3
2016Father John Misty_cell_3_2_0 I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl)Father John Misty_cell_3_2_1 Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition PackageFather John Misty_cell_3_2_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_3_2_3
2018Father John Misty_cell_3_3_0 Pure ComedyFather John Misty_cell_3_3_1 Best Alternative Music AlbumFather John Misty_cell_3_3_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_3_3_3
Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)Father John Misty_cell_3_4_0 Best Recording PackageFather John Misty_cell_3_4_1 WonFather John Misty_cell_3_4_2

mtvU Woodie Awards Father John Misty_section_12

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_4_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_4_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_4_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_4_0_3
2013Father John Misty_cell_4_1_0 "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings / Drive"Father John Misty_cell_4_1_1 Best Video WoodieFather John Misty_cell_4_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_4_1_3

NME Awards Father John Misty_section_13

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_5_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_5_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_5_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_5_0_3
2018Father John Misty_cell_5_1_0 HimselfFather John Misty_cell_5_1_1 Best International Solo ArtistFather John Misty_cell_5_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_5_1_3

Rober Awards Music poll Father John Misty_section_14

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_6_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_6_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_6_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_6_0_3
2012Father John Misty_cell_6_1_0 HimselfFather John Misty_cell_6_1_1 Best SongwriterFather John Misty_cell_6_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_6_1_3
2015Father John Misty_cell_6_2_0 Best Male ArtistFather John Misty_cell_6_2_1 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_6_2_2
Best SongwriterFather John Misty_cell_6_3_0 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_6_3_1
2017Father John Misty_cell_6_4_0 WonFather John Misty_cell_6_4_1

Sweden GAFFA Awards Father John Misty_section_15

Delivered since 2010, the GAFFA Awards (Swedish: GAFFA Priset) are a Swedish award that rewards popular music awarded by the magazine of the same name. Father John Misty_sentence_92

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_7_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_7_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_7_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_7_0_3 Ref.Father John Misty_header_cell_7_0_4
2019Father John Misty_cell_7_1_0 HimselfFather John Misty_cell_7_1_1 Best Foreign Solo ActFather John Misty_cell_7_1_2 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_7_1_3 Father John Misty_cell_7_1_4
God's Favorite CustomerFather John Misty_cell_7_2_0 Best International AlbumFather John Misty_cell_7_2_1 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_7_2_2

UK Music Video Awards Father John Misty_section_16

The UK Music Video Awards is an annual award ceremony founded in 2008 to recognise creativity, technical excellence and innovation in music videos and moving images for music. Father John Misty_sentence_93

Tillman has received one award from two nominations. Father John Misty_sentence_94

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YearFather John Misty_header_cell_8_0_0 Nominee / workFather John Misty_header_cell_8_0_1 AwardFather John Misty_header_cell_8_0_2 ResultFather John Misty_header_cell_8_0_3
2017Father John Misty_cell_8_1_0 "Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution"Father John Misty_cell_8_1_1 Best Rock/Indie Video – InternationalFather John Misty_cell_8_1_2 WonFather John Misty_cell_8_1_3
Best AnimationFather John Misty_cell_8_2_0 NominatedFather John Misty_cell_8_2_1


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