Brendon Boyd Urie, born April 12, 1987 in St. George, Utah, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known for his work as lead vocalist in Panic! at the Disco, of which he is the only original member remaining. His family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when he was a toddler. He's the fifth and youngest child born to Grace and Boyd Urie, having a rather large, loving family. That being said, there were complications in his teenage years, being quite the rebel. He rejected the Mormon faith, barely passed high school, and had no plans to go to college. As a result, his parents weren't pleased. Around the age of seventeen, they kicked him out of the house (though he can't make himself use such harsh wording), leaving him to couch hop until he could support himself with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time job he was working. He often sang for customers to earn tips, often '80s anthems, just for extra cash.
The band became the main focus, and love, of his life starting at day one, having been invited to join by ex-bassist Brent Wilson. Originally he started off as a replacement guitarist, though it wasn't long before the decision was made to promote him to lead singer, swapping roles with ex-band mate
lover Ryan Ross. With the release of their first album (A Fever You Can't Sweat Out), or more notably the song I Write Sins Not Tragedies, the band blew up. With that came the butting of heads and egos, especially after the release of their second album, Pretty. Odd. Not long after, the band split in half, Ryan and Jon Walker leaving with Brendon and Spencer Smith now in charge of the band; much to the other two's surprise.
In 2011, the band released the album Vices & Virtues. A couple years later came Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die. And with another two years, Spencer Smith left the band to focus on rehabilitation for his addictions, as well as Dallon Weekes having been downgraded to touring member. This left Brendon as the remaining original member and, admittedly, loving it. He won't deny his enjoyment of having a lot of the creative control, though he's happy to ignore the fact he needs attention, thrives on the spotlight being a frontman brings.
As the only member, he's released two albums under the band's name, Death of a Bachelor and Pray for the Wicked. Beyond his work for the band, he's done quite a few collaborations, namely with Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die and, most recently, Taylor Swift. The man has also dabbled in Broadway work, writing a song for Spongebob Squarepants: the Broadway Musical, as well as starring in Kinky Boots as Charlie Price (May 26, 2017 to August 6, 2017). Other ventures have included launching his own foundation known as the Highest Hopes Foundation. The foundation supports other non-profit organizations that advocate for human rights and support communities who are often discriminated against, such as LGBTQ+. To start off the funding of this foundation, Urie donated $1 million and gave $1 from the purchase of every US ticket for the Pray for the Wicked Tour to the foundation. He continues to donate to this foundation, as well as others, to this day.
Brendon has lived quite the life and he continues to work hard to make it a memorable, fulfilling one; a hard worker and a people lover to his very core. The ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, are what help him build his character and a lifestory he hopes to be proud of when he looks back on it. All he knows for sure is that he's never going to stop chasing his dreams and doing what he loves. He simply refuses to.