Pete Yorn was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey in 1974 and raised in nearby Montville. His father was a dentist and his mother a school teacher. At age nine, Pete taught himself to play his older brother’s drum kit and by the time he was in high school, he was playing drums in suburban basement bands with names like Backgammon For Troubled Youth and Cheese. Around this time he taught himself guitar and began to sing and write his own songs.
After graduating from Syracuse University in 1996 with a degree in speech communications, Pete headed to Los Angeles to seek a warmer climate and to take a stab at a music career. After a few years of playing around town, he began to attract a following with his performances at the famed Cafe Largo. He was signed to Columbia records in 1999 after an A&R scout heard some rough tracks that would ultimately become his debut album. Shortly after, film producer Bradley Thomas (Kingpin & There's Something About Mary) requested a few demos for inclusion in the Farrelly Brothers' film Me, Myself & Irene. Yorn also landed the job of scoring all of the music for the film.
In 2001, Yorn released his debut LP, musicforthemorningafter. On the strength of the album's lead single, "Life on a Chain," with its charming melding of American roots rock and PY's teenage obsession with Brit-pop bands such as Joy Division and The Smiths, the album was certified Gold. Rolling Stone Magazine named Yorn one of "Ten Artists to Watch in 2001" and gave musicforthemorningafter a favorable four-star rating.
Pete Yorn’s first three albums on Columbia Records constituted a trilogy of sorts, a day-in-the-life: musicforthemorningafter (2001), Day I Forgot (2003), and Nightcrawler (2006). They all examined different perspectives on recurring themes as one evolves through life. These records allowed Yorn to travel the world and tour extensively since 2001. When not headlining, he has shared bills with a diverse list of bands, including Coldplay, REM, Dave Mathews Band, Foo Fighters, Weezer and The Dixie Chicks (the latter with whom he also collaborated and co-wrote songs with for their 2007 Grammy Award winning Album of The Year: Taking The Long Way).
In 2008, Yorn had his most prolific writing spurt since his college days at Syracuse and went on to release three new records in a 15-month period. The first of those releases, Back and Fourth (June 2009), was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska with friend and producer Mike Mogis of the band Bright Eyes. Rootsier and more melancholic than his previous work, Back and Fourth was regarded as "an acoustic beauty" by Rolling Stone. Three months later, he returned with an album of duets with actress Scarlett Johansson. The 29-minute Break Up (September 2009), which went Platinum in France, featured the hit single, "Relator". Yorn’s inspiration for the project was the 60's French-pop duets of Serge Gainsbourg and Bridget Bardot. Most recently, Pete released Pete Yorn (aka "The Black Album"), on September 28th, 2010 via Vagrant Records. The album was produced by Frank Black of The Pixies and received 8/10 stars in Spin and 4/5 stars in Mojo. The Times of London referred to the record as, "Yorn's finest hour," in its 4 star review. PY has been touring the US and Canada in support of this record since February 2011 and will be heading to Europe to continue his world tour on May 16th, 2011. March 2011 also marks the 10th Anniversary of Pete’s first album, musicforthemorningafter, which has been re-released as a deluxe edition by Columbia/Legacy.