Rea Garvey
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Garvey in 2014.
Birth name Raymond Michael Garvey
Also known as Rea Garvey
Born (1973-05-03) 3 1973 (age 47)
Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
Origin Irish
Occupation Musician, producer
Instruments Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano
Years active 1999–present
Label Universal, Island, Virgin
Associated acts Nelly Furtado, Jam & Spoon, Paul van Dyk, ATB, Xavier Naidoo, Reamonn

Raymond Michael "Rea" Garvey (born 3 May 1973 in Tralee, County Kerry) is an Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist and solo artist.

In 1999, Rea Garvey formed the band Reamonn. Over the 11 years that Rea Garvey was their frontman, they saw chart-topping success, with a number of gold and platinum selling albums, (Tuesday, Dream No. 7, Beautiful Sky, Wish and Eleven and several sold out European tours. In 2011, after the release of the band's best-of album/DVD "Eleven", and a best-of tour, the band parted ways. Garvey took this time to pursue a solo career, which gave birth to his first solo album "Can't Stand the Silence". This album saw Garvey's transition from Anthem Rock with Reamonn, to Alternative Electro Pop.

Solo work

As a solo artist, Garvey has written songs for a variety of acts, including Paul van Dyk, Jam and Spoon, Roger Cicero and The BossHoss. Rea has also collaborated with Apocalyptica, In Extremo, Nelly Furtado, Mary J Blige, Jam & Spoon, The BossHoss and ATB. In 2005, Rea collaborated with Nelly Furtado on the track "All Good Things (Come to an End)", for her 2006 album, Loose. The two also toured together in France and the Netherlands during 2007.

Garvey first showed his fascination with electronic music in 2001, on the title track "Be Angeled" for the movie Loveparade. This was the first of many collaborations with the DJ team Jam and Spoon. The song was performed for the first time in memory of Mark Spoon at the start of the Love Parade in July 2006. In 2007, Rea appeared on a track titled "Let Go" for Paul van Dyk's album In Between. Rea has also worked on a solo collaboration with Xavier Naidoo, with whom he recorded Falco's song "Jeanny" in 2002 and "My Child" for his debut album Can't Stand the Silence in 2011. The latter was a multi-platinum success, following the break-up with his former band Reamonn in early 2011.

Garvey was also one of the four coaches on the German version of The Voice, The Voice of Germany for both seasons. The winner of the second season was British singer-songwriter Nick Howard, who was on Garvey's team.

In 2005, Garvey together with Xavier Naidoo, Sasha and comedian Michael Mittermeier, paid tribute to the Rat Pack in a live performance called Alive & Swingin', in aid of Garvey's charity organisation, Saving an Angel. Due to its success, the four took to the stage again, in early 2011, to a sold out tour. As the demand for the German Rat Pack grew, the four continued to tour in 2012 and, with their big band, were set to take another encore in 2014.


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Can't Stand the Silence
  • Released: 30 September 2011
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25 4 23
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum
  • Released: 2 May 2014
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12 5 9
  • BVMI: Gold
  • Released: 2 October 2015
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13 2 18
  • Released: 23 March 2018
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 2 7


As lead artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2008 "Hallelujah" 58 Barfuss soundtrack
2011 "Can't Stand the Silence" 65 17 Can't Stand the Silence
2012 "Colour Me In" 28 12 46
"Heart of an Enemy" 47
"Wild Love" 6 18 60
  • BVMI: Gold
Can't Stand the Silence — The Encore
2014 "Can’t Say No" 41 32 49 Pride
"Oh My Love"
(featuring Amy Macdonald)
36 35 42
2015 "It's a Good Life" 43 40
"Armour" 86 Prisma
"Stronger Than Ever"
(MarieMarie & Rea Garvey)
2018 "Is It Love?"
(featuring Kool Savas)
18 20 12 Neon
"Hometown" 94

As featured artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2001 "Be Angeled"
(Jam & Spoon featuring Rea Garvey)
15 16 53 be.angeled soundtrack
2004 "Set Me Free (Empty Rooms)"
(Jam & Spoon featuring Rea Garvey)
57 22 Tripomatic Fairtales 3003
2006 "Liam"
(In Extremo featuring Rea Garvey)
51 Mein Rasend Herz
"All Good Things (Come to an End)"
(Nelly Furtado featuring Rea Garvey)
1 1 1
  • BVMI: Platinum
2007 "Let Go"
(Paul van Dyk featuring Rea Garvey)
21 In Between
2010 "Each Tear"
(Mary J. Blige featuring Rea Garvey)
Stronger with Each Tear
2011 "Heroes"
(with Nena, Xavier Naidoo & The BossHoss)
50 28 Die Highlights


  • 2010: Echo: In the category Honour Echo for Social Engagement'
  • 2012: Diva: In the category Music Artist of the Year
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