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Michael Stipe
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Stipe performing at South by Southwest in 2008
Background information
Birth name John Michael Stipe
Born (1960-01-04) January 4, 1960 (age 62)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
  • visual artist
  • director
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts R.E.M.

John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011.

Possessing a distinctive voice, Stipe has been noted for the "mumbling" style of his early career. He was in charge of R.E.M.'s visual aspect, often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band's music videos. Outside the music industry, he owns and runs two film production studios, C-00 and Single Cell Pictures.

As a member of R.E.M., Stipe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. As a singer-songwriter, Stipe influenced a wide range of artists, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Bono of U2 described his voice as "extraordinary".

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