We are thrilled to announce that the Albumism family is growing once again with the very welcome addition of Grant Walters! Grant’s deep knowledge of music and devotion to developing his journalistic chops are sure to enhance our content platform which continues to evolve in exciting ways. We look forward to Grant’s perspectives and insights in the future and encourage our readers to check out his recent debut article, a review of Arcade Fire’s recently released single “Signs of Life" and its accompanying video.
“I’ve been a comedy and music freelancer for the past two years, and it’s been an amazing experience,” Grant explains. “I’ve talked to and met musicians, writers, comedians, and producers that I could never possibly imagine I would encounter in my wildest dreams. But the writing’s the thing, and Albumism’s community seems like a perfect venue that will savor the minute details, nuances, and emotions that I really want to dig into. I’ve stumped artists with dates and chart positions, flummoxed my interviewees with questions they didn’t expect me to ask, and have really tried—even though I’m a novice journalist—to make every article I write a legitimate work that honors the artist and their craft with absolute professionalism.”
More about Grant:
Grant was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, which afforded him many cold months indoors with his dad's very expensive German turntable and record collection that exposed him to the music of the Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, and Eric Clapton, among others.
Grant wrote his first album review in 1989 as an assignment for his ninth grade music class, and it would be almost twenty-seven years before he'd write another. His two decades-long career in higher education brought him to Columbus, Ohio in 2013, and upon observing the vibrancy of the city's burgeoning arts scene, he longed to find a creative outlet where he could reconnect with his passion for writing.
Eventually he found Columbus Underground, becoming a freelance writer for the acclaimed news and events site in 2016 and authoring nearly one hundred music and comedy articles in the process. Grant has interviewed an impressive range of musicians, including Ben Folds, Melissa Etheridge, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Indigo Girls, David Gray, KT Tunstall, Tegan and Sara, Third Eye Blind, and Jimmy Eat World, along with renowned comedians Patton Oswalt, Tig Notaro, Kathy Griffin, Jay Mohr, and David Koechner.
When he's not up writing way past his bedtime, Grant performs improv comedy with the ensembles Sir Leonard & The Vanishing Twin and Andy's Mints, both of which make regular appearances at The Nest Theatre, MadLab Theatre and ShadowboxLive in Columbus.
Follow Grant on Twitter via @GrantWalters76
Grant’s 5 Favorite Albums of All Time:
Bee Gees | Main Course (1975)
Corey Hart | Boy in the Box (1985)
Jimmy Eat World | Integrity Blues (2016)
Simon & Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Toad the Wet Sprocket | Dulcinea (1994)