Christopher Joseph Gallant III, professionally known as Gallant, is an American singer and songwriter from Columbia, Maryland. He is signed to Mind of a Genius Records and Warner Bros. Records. Gallant gained recognition in 2014 after self-releasing his debut EP “Zebra.” Following the release of his debut studio album “Ology,” Gallant earned his first Grammy nomination for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”
Christopher Joseph Gallant III, a.k.a Gallant, was born on November 14, 1991, in Washington, D.C. He and his family moved to Columbia, Maryland, when he was in elementary school. There, he attended Atholton High School. During middle school, Gallant began recording songs. While growing up, he was first inspired by R&B artists and later alternative rock. In 2013, Gallant graduated with a degree in Music from the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Following his graduation, Gallant moved to Los Angeles, California, to fully pursue a music career. A year later, he self-released his debut EP “Zebra.” He described the project as “a sonic diary about dealing with the aftermath of New York.”
In 2015, the single “Weight In Gold” became his first to be played by Zane Lowe on Beats1’s first air date in June. Also, in 2015, Gallant joined Sufjan Stevens on his North American tour performing at 18 shows throughout the country. Spotify named him one of the artists believed to “breakout” in 2016. After contributing to Zhu’s “Genesis Series” EP, Gallant was announced as the opener for his “Neon City” tour.
In February 2016, he released “Skipping Stones” with Jhené Aiko. His performance in Coachella was called “the number one moment of the entire festival” by Billboard. Gallant also released episodes of his “In The Room” series with Sufjan Stevens, Seal, John Legend, Andra Day, and Dua Lipa. He called it “an ongoing collaborative project – a chance to both pay tribute to and create something special with the artists that have inspired me the most.” He has since released the albums “Ology” and “Sweet Insomnia.”