Declan Patrick MacManus, better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor.
Born in London, England, in 1954, singer/songwriter Elvis Costello was first signed to a record label in the late 1970s. His music took the energy and cynicism of punk and combined it with the more sophisticated lyrics and structure of new wave music, resulting in hits like "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," "Alison," "Everyday I Write the Book" and "Veronica."
Known for inventive collaborations, Costello has recorded with numerous musicians, including rock/pop icons Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach, with whom he won a Grammy Award in 1999 for "I Still Have That Other Girl" (best pop collaboration with vocals). Costello has also produced for a number of bands, including the Pogues, Squeeze and the Specials.
Going into the new millennium, Costello continued to release albums that showcased his willingness to explore a variety of themes, including the orchestral Il Signo (2002) and The River in Reverse (2006), his collaboration with pianist/songwriter Allen Toussaint. Costello later worked with hip-hop group/Jimmy Fallon band The Roots for 2013's Wise Up Ghost.
In 2015, Costello released his lengthy autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.