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Chad Robert Turton (born November 15, 1974, in Hanna, Alberta, Canada), better known as Chad Kroeger (Kroeger is the surname of Chad's half-brother, Mike, and was used by Chad from childhood 1), is a Canadian singer and guitarist for the rock group, Nickelback.
Canada's Nickelback started life as a cover band in Hanna, 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. Eventually, they tired of playing other people's songs, and singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger put together a collection of original songs, borrowed money from his stepfather, and went to Vancouver to record the band in a friend's studio. Based on the results, Kroeger's guitarist brother, Mike, and pal bassist Ryan Vikedal all relocated to Vancouver in 1996; that same year, they recorded and released the EP Hesher and full-length Curb independently, then embarked on a series of cross-country tours.