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Patrick Monahan is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, best known for being the lead singer and only constant member of the band Train. He has collaborated with various bands and released a solo album, Last of Seven.
Patrick Thomas Monahan was born on February 28, 1969, in Erie, Pennsylvania. His father, Jack Monahan, was a musician and clothing store owner, and his mother was Patricia Ann. Monahan was the youngest of seven siblings. He attended high school in Millcreek Township at McDowell High School. After graduating, he attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from Edinboro University, he pursued a career in the music industry.
Patrick's first marriage was in August 1990 to Ginean Rapp, a school teacher. After meeting in a bar called "Sherlock's," the couple had two children while Patrick was playing in his cover band "Rogues Gallery." Ginean had a friend who was dating one of Patrick's bandmates. They dated all summer and said it was love at first sight. The famous singer Cher even invited them to play in Los Angeles, prompting Rapp to quit her job and move with him. Their two children are named Patrick and Emelia.
The first two years in California were miserable for the couple; Monahan got deeply into drugs and lost everything. The family later relocated to Hollywood Boulevard, and the already strained bond went broke and they moved back to their hometown. Rapp went back to teaching so the family would have an income and continued to support Monahan. After a few years and a lot of hard work, he eventually landed a gig for a band, but it was too late to save his marriage. In 2006, Monahan and Rapp divorced. As part of the divorce settlement, he gave his house to Rapp. He eventually moved on from his ex-wife and began dating Amber Peterson after meeting her during one of his shows. Monahan eventually married Peterson, and together they have two children, Autumn and Rock Richard.
Patrick Thomas Monahan began his career as a musician and singer in the cover band "Rogues Gallery" from 1990 to 1998. The band consisted of Mark Emhoff on lead guitar, John McElhenny on drums, Matt McElhenny on keyboards, and Monahan on lead vocals. They began in Erie, Pennsylvania, and enjoyed success during their eight-year run. While with Rogues Gallery, Monahan made industry connections, including in California, where he met Rob Hotchkiss.
During their time in California, the group progressed to the LA club scene, where they added three members and changed their name to "Train". The additions included Scott Underwood on drums, Charlie Colin on bass, and Jimmy Stafford on guitar. The group gained popularity from 1994 to 2006, during which Monahan and the group released four studio albums. In 2002, the group earned two Grammy awards for songs, including "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)", which was inspired by Monahan's mother who had recently died of cancer.
Monahan and his group, Train, took a break from recording and performing between 2006 and 2009. On September 18, 2007, Monahan released his solo album, titled "Last of Seven". After the album's release, Monahan began a global tour to promote the album, including a hit single titled "Her Eyes", which reached the top of Billboard's Hot AC Chart. The song marked Monahan's first major solo single.
During his break from music, Monahan considered getting into acting and was presented with an opportunity for a small acting role in the CSI: NY episode "Second Chances" with his fellow bandmates. Monahan played the former homeless drug addict, Sam Baker, who dated Debbie Fall, portrayed by Kim Kardashian. Kardashian's character became involved in a murder investigation, and during the episode, Monahan performed two songs with his group from their new album: "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Calling All Angels."
Despite being busy with his band, Monahan found time to help and collaborate with other artists. He even recorded a duet of "Marry Me" with Martina McBride and performed with the rock group "INXS." His first performances with "INXS" were on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and then at a concert at Château Ste. Michelle. He also appeared on the show "The Voice," where he performed "Drops of Jupiter" with one of the show's contestants, Vicci Martinez.
He started a podcast in 2013 called "Patcast," where he interviewed various people in the music industry and talked about his experiences with his band "Train." On April 4, 2010, he performed with "The Hollies" at their own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where Monahan sang the lead vocals on the song, "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress." In 2011, he contributed to a cover of Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby" for the tribute album, "Listen to Me: Buddy Holly," which was released on September 6, 2011.
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