Elliot John Gleave better known by his stage name Example, is an English rapper and singer signed to Epic Records and Sony Music. His name arose due to his initials being E.G., which is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase exempli gratia (“for example”).
Example first found success with the release of his second studio album, Won’t Go Quietly, which peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number 1 on the UK Dance Chart and followed his debut album “What We Made” which was heavily hip-hop influenced due to Gleave only knowing a hip-hop record producer at the time. The album had two top 10 singles, “Won’t Go Quietly” and “Kickstarts”. His third album Playing in the Shadows was released on 4 September 2011. The album topped the charts with two number 1 singles, “Changed the Way You Kiss Me” (produced by Michael Woods) and “Stay Awake” (produced by electronic duo Nero). His fourth album, The Evolution of Man was released on 19 November 2012 and peaked at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart and also peaked at number 1 on the UK Dance Chart.
Since The Evolution of Man, Gleave has released the lead single from his next album, entitled “All the Wrong Places” which was produced by Alfie Bamford and co-produced by Gleave and Steve Hill. It was the first song to be released through Epic Records and did so on 8 September 2013 peaking at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. Then, “Kids Again”, was released on 16 March 2014 and hit number 13 in the UK Single’s charts. The fifth album, Live Life Living, was released on 7 July 2014.
Speaking in an interview for Australian television in 2013 Gleave referenced that he “might do music for another 5 years and then would like to move into film directing”