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Better Than Ezra

Alternative Rock Trio; Known for "Good" and "Desperately Wanting"

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Better Than Ezra Biography

Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Though many theories abound, the band refuses to disclose the origin of its name. Fans of the group often refer to themselves as Ezralites.

Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988 by its four original members, vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin, lead guitarist Joel Rundell, bassist Tom Drummond and drummer Cary Bonnecaze. All four members were attending Louisiana State University at the time of Better Than Ezra's formation. Better Than Ezra circulated a demo cassette tape later in 1988, the “Chimes Street Demo.” While not an official release, this demo is sought-after by the band's fans, and traded by collectors. In 1990 the band released a cassette-only album, “Surprise.”

After the death of Rundell, the remaining three members of the band took some time off to reassess its future. The band released its first nationally-distributed album “Deluxe” in 1993 on its own independent label, Swell Records, which caught the attention of major record labels and radio. The band then signed with Elektra Records in 1995. Elektra Records re-released “Deluxe” in 1995 and the single, “Good,” reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart which helped push the album to platinum record status by the end of 1995.

Better Than Ezra released their second major label album, “Friction, Baby,” in 1996 through Elektra Records. “Friction, Baby” produced the hits “Desperately Wanting” and “King of New Orleans.”

The trio began work on their third major release, “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” soon after the end of touring for “Friction, Baby.” The album was produced by Malcolm Burn and released in August 1998. The album was described as experimental and a significant departure from their previous two albums. The single “At the Stars” debuted, and peaked at No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Subsequent album releases from Better Than Ezra include “Closer” via Beyond Records in 2001, “Before the Robots” via Artemis Records in 2005 and “Paper Empire” via Megaforce Records in 2009.

In 2013, in an article with CBSNews.com, Kevin Griffin confirmed that they plan on releasing a new album later this year, their first since 2009.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Better Than Ezra?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Better Than Ezra for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Better Than Ezra, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Better Than Ezra or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Better Than Ezra?

    Booking fees for Better Than Ezra, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Better Than Ezra, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Better Than Ezra?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Better Than Ezra for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Better Than Ezra for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Better Than Ezra or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Better Than Ezra or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Alternative Rock Trio; Known for "Good" and "Desperately Wanting"

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Better Than Ezra Biography

Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Though many theories abound, the band refuses to disclose the origin of its name. Fans of the group often refer to themselves as Ezralites.

Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988 by its four original members, vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin, lead guitarist Joel Rundell, bassist Tom Drummond and drummer Cary Bonnecaze. All four members were attending Louisiana State University at the time of Better Than Ezra's formation. Better Than Ezra circulated a demo cassette tape later in 1988, the “Chimes Street Demo.” While not an official release, this demo is sought-after by the band's fans, and traded by collectors. In 1990 the band released a cassette-only album, “Surprise.”

After the death of Rundell, the remaining three members of the band took some time off to reassess its future. The band released its first nationally-distributed album “Deluxe” in 1993 on its own independent label, Swell Records, which caught the attention of major record labels and radio. The band then signed with Elektra Records in 1995. Elektra Records re-released “Deluxe” in 1995 and the single, “Good,” reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart which helped push the album to platinum record status by the end of 1995.

Better Than Ezra released their second major label album, “Friction, Baby,” in 1996 through Elektra Records. “Friction, Baby” produced the hits “Desperately Wanting” and “King of New Orleans.”

The trio began work on their third major release, “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” soon after the end of touring for “Friction, Baby.” The album was produced by Malcolm Burn and released in August 1998. The album was described as experimental and a significant departure from their previous two albums. The single “At the Stars” debuted, and peaked at No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Subsequent album releases from Better Than Ezra include “Closer” via Beyond Records in 2001, “Before the Robots” via Artemis Records in 2005 and “Paper Empire” via Megaforce Records in 2009.

In 2013, in an article with CBSNews.com, Kevin Griffin confirmed that they plan on releasing a new album later this year, their first since 2009.

Better Than Ezra Videos

  • Better Than Ezra - Desperately Wanting - YouTube
  • Good lyrics by Better Than Ezra - YouTube

FAQs on booking Better Than Ezra

  • How to book Better Than Ezra?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Better Than Ezra for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Better Than Ezra, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Better Than Ezra or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Better Than Ezra?

    Booking fees for Better Than Ezra, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Better Than Ezra, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Better Than Ezra?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Better Than Ezra for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Better Than Ezra for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Better Than Ezra or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Better Than Ezra or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Better Than Ezra is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Better Than Ezra for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Better Than Ezra generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Don Felder, 3 Doors Down, The Wallflowers, Kansas and Neon Trees. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Better Than Ezra for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Better Than Ezra Speaker Videos

  • Better Than Ezra - Desperately Wanting - YouTube
    Good lyrics by Better Than Ezra - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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