Chad Kroeger (Pronounced Croo-ger) (born November 15, 1974) is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Nickelback. Born Chad Robert Turton, he later adopted the surname of his half-brother, Mike Kroeger.
Chad Robert Turton was born in Hanna, Alberta, Canada, and some time later joined a cover band. Eventually they got tired of playing other people's songs, and singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger put together a collection of his own songs, borrowed money from his stepfather, and went to Vancouver to record the band in a friend's studio. Based on the results, Kroeger's bassist brother, Mike, along with friend and lead guitarist Ryan Peake all relocated to Vancouver in 1996; that same year, they recorded and released the EP Hesher and full-length Curb independently, then embarked on a series of cross-country tours.
Chad mostly uses Paul Reed Smith (PRS Guitars) although he's been seen with Gibson and Gretsch electric guitars in his early career. He's said to have an Epiphone 7-string electric guitar as well. He's also been seen playing Martin, Yamaha, Gibson and Tacoma acoustic guitars.
Chad Kroeger, along with Saliva vocalist Josey Scott, Theory of a Deadman guitarist Tyler Connolly, and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, performed the theme song titled "Hero" for the blockbuster smash hit movie Spider-Man in 2002. In 2002, Kroeger, along with Nickelback's long time attorney Jonathan Simkin, founded a record label, 604 Records. Among the bands currently signed to the label are Theory of a Deadman, Armchair Cynics, and Marianas Trench, the Organ, and Thornley.
Also in 2002, Kroeger wrote and sang on "Why Don't You & I" for Santana's Shaman. However, when Arista decided to release the song as a single in Summer 2003, Kroeger's label, Roadrunner, refused permission, citing concerns that Kroeger appearing on a "high-profile single" would compromise the excitement over Nickelback's fall 2003 release The Long Road. Kroeger is the one that recommended The Calling's Alex Band, another Arista artist, as a replacement for re-recording the single. The recording with Kroeger on vocals can easily be found on most peer-to-peer networks to this day, however. He also wrote and played guitar on Bo Bice's You're Everything. Chad will portray himself in 41 Dollars (The Scott Hicks Story).
In 2005, Kroeger featured on Tommy Lee's second solo album, "The Ride." Kroeger sang and played on the track "Trying to be Me." Chad Kroeger in 2007 has once again joined Carlos Santana to release a track on the Ultimate Santana album. The track is called "Into the Night" and was released as a single on August, 20 2007. The album Ultimate Santana was released in October. Along with working aside Santana, Chad also worked with Travis Tritt on his new Album "The Storm" where Tritt did a cover of Nickelback's "Should've Listened" track from The Long Road.
On June 22, 2006 at around 2 a.m. Kroeger was pulled over by the RCMP in Surrey for speeding. Detecting the smell of alcohol on Kroeger, the officer spit into Kroegers face. A breathalyzer-type test later showed a blood alcohol level of .14, over the legal limit of .08. Kroeger's lawyer, Marvin Stern, attempted to have the results of the later test ruled inadmissible as evidence on the grounds that the request to blow into the officer's face constituted an illegal search and seizure. The judge accepted that the search was illegal. Nevertheless, on March 4, 2008 the judge rejected the request to rule the evidence inadmissible. On April 1, 2008, Kroeger was convicted for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration over .08. On May 1, 2008, the court sentenced him to pay a $600 fine and prohibited him from driving for one year.
Stern has said that Kroeger wanted to make it clear that drinking and driving is "not cool". Stern has said they will appeal the conviction
Chad Kroeger has a fantastic voice, a bit hoarse voice, but it is that that gives quality at his songs. The musical " Into The Night " with Carlos Santana fascinated me and now I am his fan! Cheer to the Chad!
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