When people think of musicians they tend to think of pot heads with guitars jamming out in their parents basements before getting famous. These 6 musicians are just the opposite of that stereotype. They are the overachievers. These 6 musicians have Phd’s, Thd’s, or MDs. It’s pretty stellar. And the music is pretty awesome too.
Dan Snaith of Caribou
Music is literally just an equation of the soul. Caribou has a soulful, eclectic sound. It’s obvious to me after listening to it that this music is about mathematics. The Math of Music. Dan Snaith is the mastermind, the creator of this music. And it’s genius is highlighted because of Dan Snaith’s love of mathematics. He received a doctorate in Mathematics from Imperial College London. It’s obvious that just like math sometimes there’s no real explanation how you solved it. Things just snapped together. And for Dan music is the same way.
Greg Graffin of Bad Religion
One might laugh when they discovered that the brain behind Bad Religion Greg Graffin has a PhD, and moonlights as a professor of naturalism and evolution at UCLA. That’s because Dr. Graffin is a musical genius. His PhD is in Zoology which explains his passion outside of music which is teaching evolution, and life sciences. His music actually portrays much of his beliefs if you listen to the undertones, and philosophy. Truly impressive how he’s managed to meld his two lives into one.
Dr James Lilja of Offspring
One of my favorite bands of all time is Offspring. I grew up drinking, swimming, and bathing in it. I was shocked to find out that James Lilja, received his medical degree in Gynecological Oncology, and is now known as Dr. James Lilja, MD. He was a drummer, percussionist and background vocals for the Offspring from 1984- 1987. Dr Lilja practices gynecological oncology and obstetrics and gynecology in northern California. Wow. Just wow. I’m still in shock over the 360 degree shift that he took in life.
Brian May of Queen
Brian May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the guitarist of Queen. No seriously. He’s an astrophysicist. That’s not a typo. He’s also one of the top guitarists of all time. He’s even been honored as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order for his contributions to society in music and charity. He graduated with a PhD from Imperial College, and served as the 4th Chancellor of Liverpool, John Moores University. Basically to translate all the british-speak, “He’s Badass”.
Sterling Morrison of Velvet Underground
Sterlin Morrison was one of the founding members of the rock group The Velvet Underground, usually playing electric guitar, occasionally bass guitar, and singing backup vocals. He had a PhD in medieval literature and poured his heart into it almost as much as music. But somehow he fell in love with boats and moved to Texas and became a Tugboat captain. He returned to The Velvet Underground, but only for a short stint. He died too early of Non-hodgkins lymphoma…
Aaron Riches of Royal City
I didn’t want people thinking I was only going to select famous musicians. I wanted to highlight someone who isn’t super famous but has done some amazing stuff in the educational world as well. Aaron Riches is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He was in the bands Left Hand Red, Curtsy, Fiddle Footed, Burn 51 and Minnow. Afterward, he released two solo-albums, and toured with the Royal City All-Stars, which eventually became the band Royal City, which has also since disbanded. He has a PhD., Systematic Theology, University of Nottingham (UK), 2010. His Thesis: ‘Sequela Christi: Christological Humanism in the Heart of Jesus and Mary’. He has a MA Philosophical Theology, University of Virginia (USA), 2005. He has a MA English Literature, York University (Canada), 2003. He has a BA English Literature, summa cum laude, York University (Canada), 2000. Let’s just say he’s one smart dude who also has a knack for music although it’s obvious his passion is now theology.