win butler
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  • Faith: Latter-day Saint
  • Career: Musician
  • Birthday:  March 14, 1980

Win Bulter, born Edwin Farnham Butler III, is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and musician. He co-founded the Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade Fire with his wife, Regine Chassagne and Josh Deu. Bulter was born in Truckee, California and raised in The Woodlands, Texas. He lived in Argentina before his brother Will was born. His father, Edwin Farnham Butler II, worked as a geologist for Halliburton in Houston, Texas. His mother, Liza Rey, who performed on the family TV show “The King Family Show,” plays jazz harp and sings. His maternal grandfather was jazz steel guitarist Alvino Rey, and his maternal grandmother, Luise, was a member of the King Sisters.

When he was 15, Butler started attending the Phillips Exeter Academy preparatory school in New Hampshire, where he lived in Abbot Hall. After graduation, he studied creative writing and photography at Sarah Lawrence College but left after one year. In 2000, Butler moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to attend McGill University, where he met his future wife, Regine Chassagne, whom he married in 2003. In 2004, Butler graduated from McGill with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. He participated in the 2005 UNICEF benefit project “Do They Know It’s Halloween?” along with Chassagne. The two collaborated on the music for the Richard Kelly film “The Box.” In 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its last concert before its disbandment. Arcade Fire performed with them during the song “North American Scum.”

During James Murphy’s stumbling introduction to the song, Butler shouted out, “Shut up and play the hits!” Murphy immediately responded, “Ladies and gentlemen, for our live record entitled ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits,’” and Butler’s cry later became the title of the documentary of the concert. That same year, Butler played in a charity basketball tournament in Toronto, Ontario, known as “Rock the Court.” Several other celebrities and athletes participated, like Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs. He also works as a DJ using the stage name Windows 98. Sometimes, he works under this moniker as the opening act for Arcade Fire itself.

What religion is Win Butler?

Bulter was raised in Texas as a Latter-day Saint. It’s unknown if he still practices the religion, but he only had positive things to say about his childhood. In one interview, Butler said, “I had a somewhat religious upbringing. Not strict, but it was there and I’m kind of thankful for that. If you grow up just watching MTV, that’s its own form of religion, and it’s not even based on happiness or communal responsibility. I mean, try to construct a worldview out of that.”

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