Jeremy Taggart who was born on April 7, 1975, is a Canadian drummer, radio host, and author. He is best known for playing with Our Lady Peace from 1993 until 2014.
Playing Drum At Young Age
Jeremy Taggart and Our Lady Peace bassist Chris Eacrett first started playing together at a young age. They were in several bands prior to Our Lady Peace’s formation, including Aphasia where Taggart was the singer rather than the drummer. The two formed Our Lady Peace as a side project with Taggart as the drummer and Eacrett as the bassist.
Taggart was the only member of Our Lady Peace to perform on every release with the band, though other members would contribute to writing and recording; Taggart left his mark as well by co-writing such songs as “Clumsy”, “4 am”, and “Whatever”. Taggart and fellow Our Lady Peace guitarist Steve Mazur created the band’s best-known instrumental “Naveed”.
Jeremy Taggart Side Projects
Taggart has also had numerous side projects with fellow musicians, including an electronica collaboration with DJ Skratch Bastid called Gramercy; a hip-hop/rock collaboration with rapper Deraj titled Taggart and Deraj for a planned release in 2014.
In addition to his work with OLP, Taggart has produced solo work as Fake Mr. Brightside and also provided drum tracks for various other bands, including Treble Charger on the album “NC17” and Avril Lavigne on her albums Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing. He
Jeremy Taggart As Member of Our Lady Page
The Canadian drummer was the only original member of Our Lady Peace to not leave the band at one time or another, and he is also one of two members who has been with the band throughout its entire history (the other being Mike Turner). He announced on November 29, 2014, that he would be leaving Our Lady Peace. One time, he has stated he wants to focus on his jazz band, The Jeremy Taggart Project.
In June 2015, Taggart performed as a special guest at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with The Jeremy Taggart Project for several shows. In January 2016, it was announced that Taggart would be hosting an indie/rock radio show called “The Morning After” on Toronto radio station Indie88.
Currently, Taggart is the host of the New Canadian Music podcast with Michael Silver. The show highlights independent musicians from Canada and around the world. Taggart has appeared in many Our Lady Peace music videos, playing both drums and guitar (most notably in “Naveed”, where he is seen playing the keyboard).
Taggart has been a part of several charitable events, including Band-Aid 20 in England and Live 8 in Barrie, Canada. In 2010, Jeremy contributed to the song “Never Stop (Wedding Version)” on Great Lake Swimmers’ album New Wild Everywhere.
Taggart also hosted a weekly radio show on Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge, “The Riff”, from March 2013 to February 2014. In 2011, Taggart’s wife, Charice Fox gave birth to their first child.