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Jake Shears was born in Mesa, Arizona but grew up on San Juan Island, Washington, where he attended Friday Harbor High School before completing high school in Seattle, Washington. Following that, he studied at Occidental College, Los Angeles. Aged 19, he met Scott Hoffman. The pair hit it off at once and moved, the following year, to New York. Shears studied fiction writing at the city’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and wrote pieces for the gay magazine 'HX'. The year 2000 found him writing music reviews for 'Paper' magazine. A year later, he and Hoffman formed Scissor Sisters, playing shows in such venues as the Luxx club. After struggling in New York, Scissor Sisters found success in Great Britain and Ireland, bagging the UK’s biggest-selling album of 2004 with their self-titled debut release. Their 2nd album 'Ta-Dah' spawned their UK number one single 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin'. Live, Shears is renowned for flamboyant outfits and provocative dancing. In 2004, U2 frontman Bono labelled Scissor Sisters, 'The best pop group in the world.' In 2005, Shears was invited to the stag party for Sir Elton John's civil partnership. That same year, he performed with Erasure's Andy Bell on the track 'Thought It Was You'. He has collaborated with Tiga on 'What You Need', 'Hot in Herre' and 'You Gonna Want Me'. He contributed to 'If I Can't' by Finnish house musician Luomo and co-wrote Kylie Minogue’s 'I Believe in You'. He also co-wrote 'Too Much' for Minogue's number one album 'Aphrodite'. In 2011, Shears and John Garden collaborated in creating a musical version of 'Tales of the City'. Shears performed on the track 'Metemya' on Amadou and Mariam's 2012 album 'Folila'. He wrote the foreword of 7-inch vinyl cover art book 'Put the Needle on the Record' and, in 2013, provided backing vocals for the Queens of the Stone Age album '...Like Clockwork'. He has dueted with Cher, on the song 'Take it Like a Man'. In October 2017, Shears released his first solo track 'Creep City'. February 2018 saw the publication of his autobiography 'Boys Keep Swinging', while August 2018 saw the release of his eponymous debut solo album.