Orville Peck

Orville Peck is a South African[1][2] country musician based in Canada.[3] He wears a fringed mask and has never shown his face publicly.[3][4][5] He released his debut album Pony in 2019,[3] followed by the EP Show Pony the next year. His second studio album Bronco was released on April 8, 2022.

Orville Peck
Orville Peck by Alfred Marroquín, December 2020.png
Peck in a short film directed by Alfred Marroquín in December 2020
Background information
BornJohannesburg, South Africa[1][2]
OriginCanada
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websitewww.orvillepeck.com Edit this at Wikidata

Early lifeEdit

Peck was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lived there until he was 15.[1] As a child, Peck did not receive any formal music training, he taught himself music by playing on an acoustic guitar and an old Casio keyboard.[6] He is the son of a sound engineer, and he did voice-over work for cartoons and other media as a child.[7] Growing up, he trained in ballet for 12 years, and performed in musical theatre. By the time he was in his early 20s, Peck had been on national tours of musicals.[7]

In his mid-20s, he moved to London to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and later starred in a play on the West End.[7]

CareerEdit

"Orville Peck" is a pseudonym;[8] he has been described as "presumably older than 20 and younger than 40".[8]

Peck self-produced his debut album, Pony, and released it in 2019 through a collaboration with Sub Pop.[9] He has noted that he "wrote, produced and played every instrument he could" on the album while working in a coffee shop and living with his parents.[10] In June of that year, he performed his songs "Dead of Night" and "Take You Back" live on CBC Radio One's Q.[11] Pony was named to the initial longlist for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize in June 2019.[12] The album also received a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2020.[13]

Peck performed "Dead of Night" on Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 29, 2020.[14] He also announced a tour of selected cities in the United States, including performances at the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.[14]

In May 2020, Peck announced the follow-up to his debut album, an EP titled Show Pony, with a release date of June 12, 2020. In July, 2020, Peck announced the delayed release of Show Pony until August 14, 2020, in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests against police brutality in the United States.[15][16]

Peck recorded a cover of "Smalltown Boy" for the 2020 Pride edition of the Spotify Singles series. The song was released exclusively on Spotify on June 29, 2020, and everywhere else on July 31, 2020.[17]

In April 2021, Peck was featured on American drag queen and singer Trixie Mattel's EP, Full Coverage, Vol. 1. He appeared on the song "Jackson", a duet cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's "Jackson."[18] In June, he was revealed to be the sixth artist on Lady Gaga's upcoming album Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary, with Peck reimagining the song "Born This Way" in a country style.[19]

Identity speculationsEdit

Sources have speculated that Peck is a persona of Daniel Pitout, drummer of the Canadian punk band Nü Sensae, based on the similarity of Peck's tattoos,[20][21] as well as Peck mentioning that he was in a punk band. Pitout was born in Johannesburg, South Africa,[22] as was Peck.[1] Pitout also starred as a replacement in Peter Pan Goes Wrong in the West End in 2016,[23] which lines up with Peck mentioning he was in a West End play while he lived in London.[7] Peck has not confirmed his identity on the record.[24] Pitout is listed by ASCAP as the songwriter for Peck's song "Old River"[25] and other songs that match the titles of the songs released by Peck, such as "Roses Are Falling".[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Peck is gay.[20][27] Regarding his reasons for wearing a mask to perform, Peck has stated that "the only reason I don't talk about it in depth is not because I want to dodge any questions, but because I want people to have their own take on it. I don't want to lay it out and pin it down. I just don't think that's important."[28] Regarding his nationality, he stated in 2022 that "[e]veryone thinks I'm Canadian because I lived in Canada for a long time, but I'm not. I was born in South Africa—I grew up in Johannesburg until I was 15. I never talked about where I was from only because I wanted to wait—obviously, I'm a man of mystery and I like to not give everyone everything all at once... I'm so proud to be South African. I go back there all the time."[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Polaris Music Prize 2019 Pony Album of the Year (Longlist) Nominated [12]
A2IM Libera Awards 2020 Orville Peck Breakthrough Artist Won [29]
Pony Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
"Dead of Night" Video of the Year Nominated
Juno Awards Pony Alternative Album of the Year Nominated [13]
GLAAD Media Awards 2021 Show Pony Outstanding Breakthrough Artist Nominated [30]
Queerty Awards "Summertime" Indie Music Vid Nominated [31]
2022 "Born This Way" Anthem Nominated [32]

In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named him among the fifty heroes "leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people".[33][34]

DiscographyEdit

Orville Peck discography
Studio albums2
Music videos14
EPs3
Singles9

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
SCO
[35]
UK
Amer.

[36]
UK
DL

[37]
UK
Cou.

[38]
US
[39]
US
Cou.

[40]
US
Folk

[41]
US
Indie

[42]
US
Rock

[43]
Pony 8 [A] 27
Bronco
  • Released: April 8, 2022[45]
  • Label: Columbia, Sub Pop
  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming
22 18 3 3 80 11 4 13

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
Amer.

[46]
UK
DL

[47]
US
Cou.

[40]
US
Folk

[41]
US
Rock

[43]
US
Sales

[44]
Show Pony
  • Released: August 14, 2020[15][16]
  • Label: Columbia, Sub Pop
  • Format: vinyl, digital download, streaming
8 17 46 8 50 20
Bronco: Chapter 1
  • Released: February 11, 2022[48]
  • Label: Columbia, Sub Pop
  • Format: Streaming
Bronco: Chapters 1 & 2
  • Released: March 11, 2022[49]
  • Label: Columbia, Sub Pop
  • Format: Streaming

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Big Sky" 2018 Pony
"Dead of Night" 2019
"Turn to Hate"
"Summertime" 2020 Show Pony
"No Glory in the West"
"Smalltown Boy"
(Spotify Singles)
Non-album singles
"Unchained Melody"/"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
(as The Unrighteous Brothers with Paul Cauthen)
"Born This Way"
(The Country Road Version)
2021 Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary
"Miss Chatelaine" (Iron Hoof Remix)
(with k. d. lang)
Non-album single

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Jackson"
(Trixie Mattel featuring Orville Peck)
2021 Full Coverage, Vol. 1

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director Ref.
"Big Sky" 2018 Deni Cheng [50]
"Dead of Night" 2019 Michael Maxxis [51]
"Turn to Hate" Orville Peck
Carlos Santolalla
[52]
"Hope to Die" Blake Mawson [53]
"Nothing Fades Like the Light" Deni Cheng [54]
"Queen of the Rodeo" 2020 Austin Peters [55]
"Summertime" Drew Kirsch
Taylor Fauntleroy
[56]
"No Glory in the West" Isaiah Seret [16]
"Legends Never Die" (featuring Shania Twain) Cameron Duddy [57]
"Jackson" (with Trixie Mattel) 2021 Assaad Yacoub [58]
"C'mon Baby, Cry" 2022 Austin Peters [59]
"Daytona Sand" [60]
"The Curse of the Blackened Eye" [61]
"Hexie Mountains" [62]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Boulet Brothers' Dragula Guest judge Season 4, episode 3
2021 This Is Pop Host Season 1, episode 5
2022 Trixie Motel Guest Episode 3

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Pony did not enter the Billboard 200 but peaked at number 94 on the Top Album Sales chart.[44]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bronco by Orville Peck, Liner notes". Apple Music. Archived from the original on April 9, 2022. Retrieved April 11, 2022. Everyone thinks I’m Canadian because I lived in Canada for a long time, but I’m not. I was born in South Africa—I grew up in Johannesburg until I was 15. I never talked about where I was from only because I wanted to wait—obviously, I’m a man of mystery and I like to not give everyone everything all at once. ... There’s a sense of guilt and regret in the song about leaving somewhere that you don’t really want to leave because you have to go make your way in the world. I’m so proud to be South African. I go back there all the time.
  2. ^ a b "Orville Peck Releases Bronco After Almost Quitting Music". Sound & Vision. KEXP-FM. April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Lebar, Erin (May 25, 2019). "Canadian country crooner a man of mystery". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Moyer, Matthew. "Lonesome drifter Orville Peck rides into Orlando this September". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
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  6. ^ Jacob Uitti (August 14, 2020). "Orville Peck: "I learned to play guitar without the high E string - I didn't know how to change it when it broke!"". guitarworld. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
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  22. ^ Torres, Eric. "Eating Out with Daniel Pitout". Gayletter. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
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  25. ^ "Old River song info". ASCAP. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  26. ^ "Roses Are Falling song info". ASCAP. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
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  36. ^ Chart positions
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  45. ^ "BRONCO - 4.8.22 Chapter 1 this Friday ✨". Retrieved February 8, 2022 – via Instagram.
  46. ^ "Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 - 21 August 2020". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  47. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100 - 21 August 2020". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
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  50. ^ Swash, Olivia (December 4, 2018). "Orville Peck announces signing to Sub Pop with debut cowboy heartbreak ballad "Big Sky"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  51. ^ Holdsworth, Bryony (January 16, 2019). "Masked country crooner Orville Peck releases yearning Western ballad "Dead of Night"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  52. ^ Holdsworth, Bryony (February 26, 2019). "Indie cowboy Orville Peck wrestles with resentment on new country classic "Turn To Hate"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  53. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (June 13, 2019). "Orville Peck brings the drama in his new video for "Hope To Die"". The Fader. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  54. ^ Slingerland, Calum (December 10, 2019). "Orville Peck Reflects on a Big 2019 in His "Nothing Fades Like the Light" Video". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  55. ^ Freeman, Jon (February 24, 2020). "Orville Peck Sings for Drag Performers in Colorful 'Queen of the Rodeo' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  56. ^ Freeman, Jon (April 1, 2020). "Orville Peck Is Here to Offer Flowers, Hope in New 'Summertime' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  57. ^ Gallagher, Alex (August 14, 2020). "Watch Orville Peck and Shania Twain join forces in 'Legends Never Die' video". NME. BandLab Technologies. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
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  61. ^ "Orville Peck - The Curse of the Blackened Eye (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  62. ^ "Orville Peck - Hexie Mountains (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 24, 2022.