Artist Spotlight: John Grant

For out songwriter John Grant, the title of his new album - Pale Green Ghosts - was inspired by the tiny green and silver leaves of the Russian olive trees lining the sides of the I-25 highway in Parker, Colorado rather than floating, otherworldly beings. Grant drove this road regularly when going to clubs as a teenager and visiting his then-boyfriend.

Grant grew up in a Methodist household, where telling his family that he was gay was simply out of the question. In 1994, Grant devoted his time to caring for his terminally ill mother, formed his band The Czars, and turned to alcohol to quell his overwhelming grief. In 2004 he left the band and joined AA, debuting his first solo album, Queen of Denmark, in 2010. Over the years, Grant's depression and struggles with addiction have informed much of his songwriting, including on his most recent album, which was released in March 2013 via Partisan Records. Grant hopes listeners facing similar battles will know that they are not alone.

Pale Green Ghosts is now available for streaming on SoundCloud and for purchase on iTunes. Be sure to catch John coming to a city near you on his North America/Europe tour, and check out his video for the album's title track below!