Example (born Elliot John Gleave, 20.06.1982) Example is an English singer and rapper. Example: Childhood Example was born in Hammersmith, West London. He attended a Primary School in Fulham and later enrolled at ADT College in Wandsworth. He has a scar on his forehead from when he had a tumour removed as a child. He studied film directing at Royal Holloway, University of London and earned money by MCing. He met his future producer Joseph Gardner who helped him with his first vinyl release 'A Pointless Song'. After graduating, he worked in Australia on various films including 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith' in the props department. He was then an editor and voiceover on Paramount Comedy Channel and MTV Networks.

Musical Career: Example's name came from his initials 'E.G.' which could be an abbreviation for 'exempli gratia' or, as it is more commonly known, 'for example'. He released his first three singles on his own label All The Chats which caught the attention of BBC Radio 1 and various labels including The Beats records who he signed with in 2006. On that label he released single 'What We Made' from his debut album of the same name and filmed the video at the location of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He also filmed a short documentary on the abandoned town of Pripyat. He released singles 'You Can't Rap', 'I Don't Want To' and 'So Many Roads' for his debut album. He then released his next single 'Me + Mandy' on his own label again in 2008 and also made his stand-up comedy debut for BBC2's 'The Culture Show' in the same year. For his show he performed in front of 60 people in Covent Garden and later ended up at the Lyric Hammersmith alongside Richard Herring, Phill Jupitus and Harry Hill. He first hit the charts in 2009 with his single 'Watch the Sun Come Up' from his second album 'Won't Go Quietly' released through Data Records. The album reached number 4 on the UK chart. In 2011, the first single from his third album, 'Changed the Way You Kiss Me' opened at number one in the UK as did second single 'Stay Awake'. The album, 'Playing in the Shadows' also topped the charts in the UK. Example wrote 'Chasing The Sun' for British boyband The Wanted on their self-titled debut US album released in 2012. Later in 2012, he signed with Mercury records and announced his 13-date tour for 2013.

Personal Life: Example got engaged to model and actress Erin McNaught in 2012. His uncle is former footballer Tony Grealish and he supports Fulham F.C.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Between Two Worlds Trailer

Ryan is a writer eager for a fresh start in London after leaving his hometown of Liverpool, nursing a broken heart following his bitter split with girlfriend Lucy and struggling to find inspiration for his latest novel despite an imminent deadline. He has his friends though; John the smooth-talking Money Man and Connor the charismatic aspiring Movie Star; however they're more about knocking back the booze, hitting London's buzzing nightlife and bringing home the girls, so they're hardly a help to his professional motivation. Things are about to change though, and everything becomes clearer when he falls for a quirky art gallery owner named Anna and becomes less inclined to party with his friends. As it happens though, life isn't that straight-forward, and he has a lot of battles to win before he can rest on his laurels - namely finding the balance between friends, love, family and money.

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Example Out In London

Elliot John Gleave - Example seen out and about in London - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

Example and Elliot John Gleave
Example and Elliot John Gleave

Conor Maynard And Example Weigh In On Zayn Malik's Twitter Behaviour

Zayn Malik Conor Maynard Example One Direction

Since leaving One Direction earlier this year Zayn Malik has had his fair share of twitter spats, taking on everyone from his former bandmates to Calvin Harris. Now rapper Example and singer Conor Maynard have weighed in on Zayn’s recent twitter antics, which aren't exactly helping to endear the ex-One Directioner to his fellow musicians.

Conor MaynardConor Maynard has ‘unfollowed’ Zayn Malik on twitter.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Example compared Malik to a young Robbie Williams, accusing the singer trying too hard to make a name for himself. "He's probably just a young frustrated guy who is hitting out," Example said.

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Shakedown Festival - Waterhall, Brighton - August 15th 2015 Live Review

Back to give the people of Sussex its annual dousing of electronic music, Shakedown fans returned in their numbers for an evening of debauchery and hard beats. Juxtaposing that of more commercial contemporary electronic festivals like Creamfields, Shakedown is a one day event that offers something different to the commerce and pop glamour that electronic music has now become. With a line up that boasts 2manydjs, DJ EZ, Jaguar Skills, Sigma, Camo and Krooked and Sub Focus, it would become easy to point the finger at the obvious crowd drawers. Though not at Shakedown. 

Shakedown Festival 2015 - Live Review

With two 2manydjs headlining the festival, it was surprising to see the sheer dominance every other stage had next to the internationally known disc jockeys. And maybe this is what makes Shakedown different to most commercial electronic festivals, the hardcore drum n bass faithful that make the event what it is. Using record labels like Defected in the House and Hospitality Records, the festival offers more niche, more specialised and far less commercial music for house  and drum n bass respectively. 

With a host of MCs backing the turntablists, the drum n bass tent saw the cult legend Sub Focus warm up the crowd before Camo and Krooked took the headline set, whist MK and Oliver Dollar took the reins for the final few sets in the house tent. The sheer size of the Hospitality Records tent dwarfed all the other arenas, and probably had 50% of the festival's attendance inside it. At one point, an olive branch felt like it should be offered to the Belgian Brothers (2manydjs) who probably had no idea how petit and incomparable their tent and crowd size was to the rest. It was very transparent to see who the main drawers of Shakedown were. 

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Birmingham Pride Festival - Day 1 - Performances

Example - Birmingham Pride festival - Day 1 - Performances at Gay village - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Saturday 23rd May 2015


The 20th Anniversary Of V Festival Now Joined By Mark Ronson And Example

V Festival Mark Ronson Example Maverick Sabre Aston Merrygold Scouting For Girls Bleachers Tove Lo

More big names have been announced for the exciting 20th anniversary line-up of V Festival in Essex! Example, Maverick Sabre and former JLS band member Aston Merrygold join the already incredible bill alongside a host of others as the Summer weekend draws ever nearer.

V Festival logo

Among the other new acts announced for the Hylands Park extravaganza on August 22nd and 23rd are Mark Ronson with a DJ set, Londoners Scouting For Girls, Jack Antonoff's Bleachers and Sweden's Youtube Music Award winner Tove Lo. They'll be adding to a fantastic set which also includes previously announced Kasabian, Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Hozier, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and George Ezra.

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Jaguar XE Global Launch Party - Arrivals

Example - Jaguar XE Global Launch Party and Show held at Earls Court - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 8th September 2014

Example and Erin McNaught
Example and Erin McNaught

Celebrities At The Capital Radio Studios

Example - Celebrities at the Capital Radio studios - London, United Kingdom - Friday 8th February 2013


MTV Crashes Plymouth

Example and Elliot Gleave - MTV Crashes Plymouth held at Plymouth Hoe - Plymouth, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th July 2014

Example and Elliot Gleave
Example and Elliot Gleave
Example and Elliot Gleave
Example and Elliot Gleave
Example and Elliot Gleave
Example and Elliot Gleave

Example - Longest Goodbye (Official Audio)

Example - At Night (Official Audio)

Example - Live Life Living (Official Audio)

The official audio has now been unveiled for the Example's new album title track 'Live Life Living'.

Example - Can't Face the World Alone (Official Audio)

Example releases the official audio for his new song 'Can't Face The World Alone', taken from his current album 'Live Life Living'.

Example - Seen You (Official Audio)

Example - Only Human (Official Audio)



Date of birth

20th June, 1982








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