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Chad Kroeger

Chad Kroeger
Background information
Birth name Chad Robert Turton-Kroeger
Born (1974-11-15) November 15, 1974
Hanna, Alberta, Canada
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • producer
  • entrepreneur
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
Years active 1995–present
Labels 604
Associated acts Nickelback
Avril Lavigne
Notable instruments
PRS Guitars
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Explorer (7 String)
Gibson J-200
Gibson Les Paul Blackwater
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Gibson Les Paul Silverburst

Chad Robert Kroeger (born November 15, 1974) is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.[2] In addition to his work with Nickelback, Kroeger has been involved with a variety of collaborations, appearing as a guest musician in several songs and has contributed in both production and songwriting. He has co-written several songs for other artists and for films.


  • Early life 1
  • Collaborations 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
    • Singles 4.1
      • As featured artist 4.1.1
    • Other appearances 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Kroeger was born Chad Robert Turton in Hanna, Alberta on November 15, 1974.[1][3] His maternal grandfather was Alberta MLA Henry Kroeger, who was born in Moscow, Russia, to a Mennonite family of German descent.[4][5] He learned to play the guitar at age 13, and in the early 1990s was part of a grunge cover band, which also included future Nickelback members Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake.

In 2002, Kroeger co-founded the Vancouver, British Columbia-based 604 Records,[1] and has also produced music for other bands, such as Default, Theory of a Deadman, and Bo Bice.


Kroeger, along with Saliva vocalist Josey Scott, Theory of a Deadman lead vocalist (serving as guitarist for this track) Tyler Connolly and Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart, performed the theme song titled "Hero" for the hit movie Spider-Man in 2002. Also in 2002, Kroeger wrote and sang on "Why Don't You & I" for Santana's Shaman. However, when Arista decided to release the song as a single in Summer 2003, Kroeger's label, Roadrunner, refused permission, citing concerns that Kroeger appearing on a "high-profile single" would compromise the excitement over Nickelback's fall 2003 release The Long Road. Kroeger recommended The Calling's Alex Band, another Arista artist, as a replacement for re-recording the single.[6][7][8] In 2007, Chad Kroeger ended up working with Santana for a second time, when he co-wrote and recorded guitar and vocals parts for a new song meant to appear on the compilation album Ultimate Santana. The track is called "Into the Night" and was released as a single on October 2, 2007. The album Ultimate Santana was released in October. Besides working with Santana, Kroeger also recorded with Travis Tritt on his album The Storm, where Tritt did a cover of Nickelback's "Should've Listened" track from The Long Road.

Kroeger also wrote and played guitar on Bo Bice's You're Everything.

Chad Kroeger, Eric Dill, Rune Westberg and Chris Daughtry wrote the debut single of Daughtry's new album.[9] The single, titled "No Surprise", was debuted on American Idol Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Kroeger also helped write another song from the album titled "Life After You." He and Brett James co-wrote Tim McGraw's 2009 single "It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You." Chad Kroeger is featured on the new Timbaland album Shock Value 2 with the song "Tomorrow in the Bottle", which also features Sebastian. In 2010 he provided guest vocals, along with Ludacris and guest lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, on the My Darkest Days single "Porn Star Dancing." In 2011, Kroeger was featured on the new Steel Panther album Balls Out with the song "It Won't Suck Itself." In early 2012, it was confirmed that Kroeger was working with French-Canadian pop rock singer Avril Lavigne on her upcoming fifth studio album.[10]

Personal life

In 2008, Kroeger was convicted of drunk driving in a British Columbia court after he was stopped for speeding in Surrey.[3][11]

Kroeger started dating fellow Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne on July 1, 2012.[12] The relationship blossomed after they began working together in March 2012 to write and record music for Lavigne's fifth album.[12] Kroeger and Lavigne became engaged in August 2012.[13] The couple married in the south of France on July 1, 2013, which is Canada Day.[12] Lavigne and Kroeger honeymooned in Portofino, Italy. In September 2014, the entertainment media began reporting that Lavigne and Kroeger were headed for separation after only one year of marriage.[14] While rumors continue to circulate based on sightings of Lavigne and Kroeger without their wedding rings, no formal announcement had been made in late 2014.[15] Kroeger denied the rumors about the separation and found it amusing.[16] On September 2nd, 2015, Lavigne announced their separation via her official Instagram account.[17]

In 2015, the second leg of the band's North American tour had to be canceled so Kroeger could have surgery for a cyst on his larynx. The entire leg of the European tour has been cancelled as well.[18][19]



List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(featuring Josey Scott)
2002 1 17 8 3 27 10 7 14 4 3 Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Into the Night"
(Santana featuring Chad Kroeger)
2007 2 4 24 24 50 9 19 24 49 26 Ultimate Santana
"Porn Star Dancing"
(My Darkest Days featuring Chad Kroeger and Zakk Wylde)
2010 40 90 My Darkest Days
"Let Me Go"[35]
(Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger)
2013 12 77 28 57 66 63 78 Avril Lavigne
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances

List of guest appearances on other artists' albums, compilation albums, etc.
Title Year Other artist(s) Album Notes
"Why Don't You & I" 2002 Santana Shaman Featured artist on album version only. Replaced by Alex Band on single release.


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  6. ^ "Nickelback's Record Company Explains Chad Kroeger ban on Santana Single" – July 2, 2003 @
  7. ^ "Nickelback's Kroeger Not Allowed on Santana Single" @
  8. ^ "Carlos Santana Says Label Politics Forced Chad Kroeger/Alex Band Change On New Single" @ Music.Yahoo!
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  16. ^ Chad Kroeger Finds Avril Lavigne Marriage Rumors 'Amusing' November 8, 2014
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External links

  • 604 Records official website
  • Chad Kroeger at the Internet Movie Database
  • Biography at Starpulse
  • Chad Kroeger interview on The Rock radio station
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