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Brendon Urie: The Multifaceted Star Powerhouse Behind Panic! At The Disco

Brendon Urie

Early Life and Formation of Panic!

Brendon Boyd Urie was born in St. George, Utah on April 12, 1987. He grew up in a Mormon family and sang in his church choir from a young age. Music quickly became his passion.

When Urie was in high school, he crossed paths with classmates Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson. The four bonded over bands like The Beatles, Nirvana, and Blink-182 and decided to start a band of their own. After practicing for a time, they officially formed Panic! At The Disco in 2004.

Urie‘s incredible vocal abilities and stage presence proved essential to shaping Panic!‘s sound. As the lead singer, he brings an unparalleled energy to their live shows.

Meteoric Rise to Stardom

After releasing demos online, Panic! was discovered by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and signed to Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen records in 2005. Their debut album A Fever You Can‘t Sweat Out dropped that same year, and its ingenious fusion of emo, baroque pop, and electronica captivated listeners. Songs like the smugly theatrical "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" quickly turned Panic! into a sensation.

Over the years, Panic! has undergone lineup changes and musical experimentation. But Urie‘s soaring 4-octave tenor and knack for irresistible pop hooks have remained at the core. Hits like "Nine in the Afternoon," "This Is Gospel," and the anthemic "High Hopes" showcase Urie‘s vocal agility. 2016‘s Death of a Bachelor debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, cementing Urie as a bonafide superstar.

Artistic Pursuits Beyond Music

Urie has also branched out beyond Panic! In 2019, he starred as Charlie Price in Broadway‘s Kinky Boots to rave reviews. He has written music for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and provided vocals for numerous movie soundtracks.

Some of Urie‘s collaborations include:

  • Taylor Swift – "ME!"
  • AJR – "Sober Up"
  • Fun – "C‘mon"
  • Spies in Disguise soundtrack

Personal Life and Causes

After leaving the Mormon church as a teen, Urie came out as pansexual in 2018 and has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. He uses his platform to discuss mental health awareness as well.

Urie met his wife Sarah Orzechowski at a Panic! concert in 2011 after they reconnected. The two married in 2013 and now reside in Los Angeles with their two dogs.

Urie is known for his positive attitude, humor, and tireless work ethic. He gives generously to a variety of philanthropic causes.

Fun Facts About Brendon!

  • His dance moves on stage have been compared to Mick Jagger‘s.
  • He once swung over the audience in a giant hamster ball during a concert.
  • Urie is an avid gamer and loves anime.
  • He started writing music at age 13 on his family‘s old, beat-up piano.
  • Urie has ADHD and takes medication to help manage it.

At just 36, Urie has already accomplished an incredible range of creative feats. But with his relentless drive and seismic talent, Brendon Urie continues to reach new heights – both with Panic! and beyond. His future shines bright, and his star power has never been stronger.