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Skillet is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, consisting of all Christian members.Skillet formed in 199...

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{"key":"1029","name":"Skillet","bio":"Skillet is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, consisting of all Christian members.Skillet formed in 1996 with two members: John Cooper, former vocalist for Tennessee progressive rock band Seraph, and Ken Steorts, former guitarist for Urgent Cry. The two bands met through touring together, but those bands disbanded soon after, so John and Ken's pastor encouraged them to form their own band as a side-project. Coming from different styles of rock music, they decided to name the experiment Skillet. After Trey McClurkin joined the band as a permanent drummer. Skillet was only together for a month when they received interest from major Christian record label ForeFront Records. In 1996 they released a self-titled debut Skillet. It was well-received, and the trio continued to write new material as they toured the United States. One topic that comes up often among fans and the band itself, is the name 'Skillet'. John Cooper, the lead vocalist, explains that it was a joke at first. Each starting band member was already in a separate band, and all decided to start a side project. Since each other band had a different sound and style to it, the side project was said to be like putting all of those styles in a big skillet to come up with something unique. Hence the band name 'Skillet'. The band name is still somewhat of a joke between the band members, especially Cooper, who claims to still not like the title.Skillet recorded their follow-up album throughout 1997, titled Hey You, I Love Your Soul, which was released in April 1998. Their second effort was a change in style from the band's first release. With this release, Skillet would abandon their post-grunge approach for a lighter alternative rock and a style. His wife Korey was enlisted soon after to play keyboards live in order to alleviate John's live performance duties.Invincible, Ardent Worship, and Alien Youth (2000\u201302)Shortly before the band began recording for their third album, Invincible, Steorts left the band to be with his family, and Kevin Haaland joined the band as their new guitarist. Korey Cooper joined the band permanently and played keyboards for the recording of Invincible. Because of this change, the musical style on Invincible changed to a more electronic sound. Soon after the release of Invincible in early 2000, Trey McClurkin parted ways with Skillet, and Lori Peters filled the drummer's position. Invincible would be Skillet's best selling record to date.The band released their first worship album, and fourth album overall, Ardent Worship in Fall 2000. The band kept much of their sound from Invincible on their next album Alien Youth. With little time between touring and recording, Skillet released Alien Youth on August 28, 2001, which was the first album that John Cooper took on production duties. Before the release of Alien Youth, Haaland left the band, and Ben Kasica took over on guitar. The first single, the title track, was a major hit in the Christian market and drove Skillet into their first headlining shows.Collide (2003\u201305)In 2003, Collide was released by Ardent Records. It caught the attention of Andy Karp, the Head of A&R of Lava Records, and in 2004 the rights to Collide were bought by Lava Records, a division of Atlantic Records. On May 25, 2004, Collide was re-released under Lava Records, with an added track, \"Open Wounds\". Collide was yet another musical shift for the band. Citing Linkin Park and P.O.D. as inspiration for the musical shift on Collide, Cooper said, \"Well I\u2019m one of these song writers, everything I hear goes through my John Cooper filter of what I like and what I don\u2019t like. All these things have been an influence on me.'Comatose (2006\u201308)Skillet's album Comatose was released on October 3, 2006. It features the singles \"Rebirthing,\" \"Whispers in the Dark,\" \"Comatose,\" \"The Older I Get,\" \"Those Nights,\" and \"The Last Night\". The album debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the US Top Christian Albums chart.In January 2008, Skillet announced that their drummer, Lori Peters, was retiring from the band, feeling that \"it's time for her to come off of the road and start a new chapter in her life.\" Peters' last concert with Skillet was on December 31, 2007. However, during the 2007 Christmas season, she took the time to train Skillet's next drummer, Jen Ledger.On October 21, 2008, Comatose Comes Alive was released; a CD\/DVD combo featuring live recordings of the band's May 9, 2008 concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was shown on the Gospel Music Channel on December 5, 2008. Skillet's Comatose Comes Alive CD also had a B-side with (\"Live Free or Let Me Die\") as a single, also with five acoustic tracks which purchasers could download by putting the Comatose Comes Alive CD in your computer.The Comatose album was certified Gold in sales by the RIAA on November 3, 2009.Awake (2009\u20132011)Skillet announced that they went into the studio January 12 to finalize the new record with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson. They added two songs (\"Hero\" and \"Monster\") from the new record to their setlist on April 2, 2009 in Evansville, Indiana as part of their Comatose Tour 2009.Skillet's most recent studio album is Awake. The album contains twelve songs and was released on August 25, 2009. It charted at #2 on the Billboard top 200 selling around 68,000 units in its first week. \"Monster\" was released as a single on July 14, 2009. Contrary to popular belief, John Cooper stated that \"Hero\" was not the album's lead single. It was, however, released as a single in March 2010.They also released a deluxe version with the extra songs \"Dead Inside\" and \"Would It Matter\", along with the original, radio edit of \"Monster\" that does not have the distorted growl as in the single and in the CD. The song \"Hero\" was used in the publicizing of the first football game of the 2009 NFL season between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, and the song \"Monster\" was used in the episode \"Jason: The Pretty-Boy Bully\" on MTV's Bully Beatdown. \"Monster\" was the theme song for the WWE event WWE Hell in a Cell while the song \"Hero\" was the theme song for WWE Tribute to the Troops and Royal Rumble 2010, as well as both songs being included on the official soundtrack for the WWE video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. It is also the opening theme song for the AHL team the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland, Ohio and serves as the opening theme of the Fresno Monsters of Fresno, California. \"Monster\" was aired at the beginning of several ACC football games on Raycom Sports during the 2009 season. In the first week of April 2010, it was released for the Rock band music store in Rock Band 2 It also tied the record for highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard 200 with Underoath's 2006 release Define the Great Line and Casting Crowns' 2007 release The Altar and the Door, as all three albums debuted at #2.On February 18, Skillet was nominated for 6 Dove Awards for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards.Awake was certified gold July 2, 2010. A remix on Monster was featured on their podcast Also in 2010, Ardent released The Early Years, a collection of their songs from 1996 to 2001. On November 12, Skillet released an iTunes sessions EP consisting of songs from Comatose and Awake. \"Monster\" was certified gold a day later. Rise (2011-Present)On June 21, 2011 John posted to his Twitter account that the band rehearsed new music for the first time and that they are getting ready for a new album. At a question and answer session before a concert, John Cooper said that they would be recording a new record in January\/February 2012. However, the band was then scheduled to headline the WinterJam Tour. In January 2012, Skillet announced that they will not be touring for most of the summer so that they can record the new album. They plan to enter the studio at the conclusion of the Winter Jam eastern tour, approximately in May, for a release in late 2012.During a July 18, 2012 interview with RadioU, John Cooper stated the band currently had 61 songs written and would be heading into the studio in October to record the album with Howard Benson for an early 2013 release.In an interview with CCM Magazine, John Cooper described the new album as \"a roller coaster ride\". He states: \"We have aggressive tracks, artsy and musical tracks, which is new territory for Skillet. A couple songs are classic American heartland anthems, and a couple songs are signature symphonic-classical rock Skillet. Guitars are dirty and edgier, with absolute shredding solos by Seth.\" One of the songs mentioned in the interview was titled \"Salvation\".In an Interview on January 26, 2013 In Beaumont TX, John Cooper announced that the new album, Rise, would be coming out in May 2013, but was later scheduled for a June 25, 2013 release. In an interview with NoiseCreep, John Cooper stated the first single and music video is scheduled to be released by late April. The first single from the album, \"Sick of It\", will be released to US Rock radio on April 23, 2013. It was later confirmed that the first single, \"Sick of It\", would be released on April 9, 2013.Touring:Skillet performing live on April 12, 2008 at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana.In the middle of 2006, Korey Cooper took a break from performing, due to her pregnancy with their second child. Her rhythm guitar and keyboard roles were temporarily filled by two people: Andrea Winchell (who would later become the Coopers' nanny) on keys and Chris Marvin on guitar.Skillet toured with Ron Luce and Teen Mania Ministries on their Acquire The Fire Tour across the United States and Canada in 2007. When they returned, Skillet had plans to co-headline the Justice & Mercy Tour with Flyleaf, but the tour was postponed and ultimately canceled after a number of shows due to Flyleaf lead vocalist Lacey Mosley's vocal problems. They then toured with Luce's Global Expeditions program on a summer missions trip with teenagers to Mexico. In 2008 they joined Teen Mania Ministries and toured with Acquire the Fire.Skillet joined Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Seether on the first half of their tour in fall 2007. Then Skillet headlined their own Comatose Tour alongside Thousand Foot Krutch and traveled to approximately 30 cities. The tour started on March 28 and ran through May 11, 2008. Skillet toured again from April 2009 through June 2009 with Decyfer Down and Disciple. This tour was called Comatose Tour 2009 (essentially a second branch of the 2008 Comatose Tour). In fall of 2009, Skillet began touring with Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black to promote Skillet's album Awake. The Awake & Alive Tour encompassed 52 cities from October through January.Skillet performing live on July 1, 2010 at Cornerstone Festival (Illinois).Skillet appeared at the 2009 Night of Joy Christian Rock festival at Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.This marked the band's first absence from Universal Studios Orlando's Rock the Universe in five years due to conflicting schedules. However, they were able to perform the following year, in 2010. On September 26, 2009, Skillet appeared at Awakening Music Festival in Leesburg, Virginia, alongside Jeremy Camp, Kutless, Hawk Nelson, Disciple, Decyfer Down, and others. Skillet also played at the Super Dome in New Orleans for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in 2009.Skillet headlined two separate Rock the River tours, run by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and hosted by Franklin Graham. Those tours were Rock the River: Midwest in the summer of 2009 and Rock the River: West in the summer of 2010.In January 2010 they toured with Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown through the East Coast of the United States. They also announced on their live chat with fans on December 5, 2009 that they would be touring with TobyMac in March and April 2010. This was later expanded upon as the \"Awake Tonight Tour\" named after both artists' new albums.] House of Heroes joined them on the tour as the opening act.In April and May the band continued on a second branch of their Awake and Alive tour with the Letter Black and Red.] In April it was also announced that the band would be touring with Creed and Theft in August and September 2010. In October the band will be co-headlining the \"Monsters of Annihilation Tour\" with Papa Roach. Trapt and My Darkest Days will be supporting acts.They will be touring again with TobyMac in November and December as the 2010 version of the Winter Wonder Slam tour.In January 2011, Skillet confirmed that they will be touring with Stone Sour and Theory of a Deadman in the Avalanche Tour. The tour will begin at the end of March 2011 and will conclude May 1 in Uncasville, CT. Other supporting acts include Halestorm and Art of Dying. The band had a small international tour in January and February 2011 visiting New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Band membersCurrent:John Cooper \u2013 lead vocals, bass guitar (1996\u2013present)Korey Cooper \u2013 keyboards, synthesizer, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (1999\u2013present)Seth Morrison - lead guitar (2011-present)Jen Ledger \u2013 drums, percussion, lead vocals (2008\u2013present)Touring:Tate Olsen \u2013 cello (2008\u2013present)Jonathan Chu \u2013 violin (2008\u2013present)Scotty Rock \u2013 bass guitar (2009\u2013present)Former:Ken Steorts \u2013 lead guitar (1996\u20131999)Trey McClurkin \u2013 drums, backing vocals (1996\u20132000)Kevin Haaland \u2013 lead guitar (1999\u20132001)Lori Peters \u2013 drums (2000\u20132007)Ben Kasica \u2013 lead guitar (2001\u20132011)Jonathan Salas - lead guitar (2011)Touring:Billy Dawson \u2013 rhythm guitar (2000)Faith Stern \u2013 keyboards, vocals (2002\u20132003)Chris Marvin \u2013 rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2002\u20132003, 2005\u20132006)Andrea Winchell \u2013 keyboards (2005\u20132006)","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1029_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}
Underoath
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Underoath (occasionally typeset as underOATH or UNDERĂ˜ATH) is an American metalcore band originally formed on November ...

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{"key":"2883","name":"Underoath","bio":"Underoath (occasionally typeset as underOATH or UNDER\u00d8ATH) is an American metalcore band originally formed on November 30, 1997 in Ocala, Florida, but later relocated to Tampa, Florida, which was home to some of their newer members. \t\t\tDuring the band's early years, when they were fronted by former vocalist Dallas Taylor, Underoath displayed a heavier style than their later, more well-known work, incorporating disparate influences from death and black metal. With Taylor, they released Act of Depression, Cries of the Past, and The Changing of Times. Following Taylor's departure, Spencer Chamberlain became lead vocalist. The band then released They're Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line, gaining a certified gold rating and the highest-charting Christian album on The Billboard 200 since 1997, respectively. These two albums have given them more mainstream and commercial success. They're Only Chasing Safety marked an extreme departure from their earlier work, with extensive use of clean vocals and poppy rhythms, and a near-complete eradication of breakdowns and the use of double-bass. Define The Great Line reflected another shift in style, once again incorporating heavier styles into Underoath's sound. While the album still featured extensive clean vocals, its use of heavier vocals, detuned guitars, and Botch-inspired guitar work paved the way for Underoath's future.\t Underoath released a live album called Survive, Kaleidoscope on May 27, 2008. Earlier that year, the band recorded a new studio album called Lost in the Sound of Separation, which was released on September 2, 2008, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard 200. In April 2010, Aaron Gillespie announced his resignation from the band, stating that there are no hard feelings and that he will continue to pursue his other band, The Almost, leaving Underoath with none of its founding members.The band recorded their seventh album with new drummer Daniel Davison, formerly of Norma Jean. The album, \u00d8 (Disambiguation), was released on November 9, 2010.In October 2012, Underoath announced that they would be disbanding the following year, in addition to a career-spanning compilation album, Anthology: 1999\u20132013, which was released on November 6, 2012. The band then embarked on a nine-date farewell tour, which wrapped up at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 26, 2013.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2883_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
August Burns Red
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August Burns Red is a band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a ...

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{"key":"2886","name":"August Burns Red","bio":"August Burns Red is a band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records, and afterward, Solid State Records (SST). The group is primarily known for their heavy breakdowns, highly melodic guitar riffs and odd-meter riffs. They state Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.August Burns Red is generally credited as a melodic metalcore band, and have also been said to share traits of other genres such as progressive metal, and thrash metal but blending it with hardcore, extreme metal and post hardcore August Burns Red songs have technical or odd time signatures and heavy breakdowns, growled vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and complex instrumentation with a variety of influences including Meshuggah, Between the Buried and Me, Poison the Well, Symphony in Peril and Misery Signals.While the group has stated that they don't mind being classified as melodic metalcore, Brubaker has grown to a distaste in the genre's usual bands: \"I feel like anyone who can pick up and play a guitar and learn to play a metalcore riff and any drummer who can learn to play a thrash beat over a breakdown is doing it. It's almost become very formulaic, and metal to me was never a formulaic genre.\"August Burns Red was founded in March 2003 when all the members were attending high school. The original practice sessions of the band began in drummer, Matt Greiner's old egg house and basement on the Greiner family's farmland. After playing many local shows within Lancaster, they recorded their first EP, titled Looks Fragile After All with label CI Records in 2004.Vocalist Jon Hershey eventually quit the band during the same year, which led to Josh McManness to take on the position as lead singer, and after several months of playing with McManness, August Burns Red signed to Solid State Records in 2005. Hershey would later go on to form instrumental post-rock band Bells. August Burns Red released Thrill Seeker, their first full-length album, on November 8, 2005. In 2006, drummer Matt Greiner was endorsed by Truth Custom Drums following the release of the album.McManness departed from the band in 2006, exhausted by the band's constant touring. He was replaced with Columbia, SC resident, Jake Luhrs during the same year. Bassist Jordan Tuscan also left the band in 2006 for similar reasons as McManness. He was replaced by bassist Dustin Davidson, a friend of the band. The band's second album, Messengers, was released on June 19, 2007. Marking the debut for Luhrs fronting the group, it managed to become the band's breakthrough album, reaching number 81 on the Billboard 200. The album has sold a total of 108,000 copies as of May 2011.Throughout 2008, August Burns Red toured with several acts across North America and Europe to promote Messengers. From April to May they toured with As I Lay Dying and Misery Signals across the United States and Canada. In September and October of that same year, they headlined a tour with A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, Greeley Estates, and This or the Apocalypse in the United States. The band also visited Europe for a month-long headlining tour in November, playing in Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and France.After this series of tours, the band recorded two covers of popular songs. They recorded an instrumental version of the classic song, \u201cCarol of the Bells\u201d for the X Christmas compilation album, which was featured in trailers for the film, The Spirit, released Christmas Day 2008. They also recorded a cover of \u201c\u2026Baby One More Time\u201d by pop singer Britney Spears for the Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 2 compilation album, released in March 2009.On February 24, 2009, the band released an EP, entitled Lost Messengers: The Outtakes. It contains material that is related or was decided not to be included in the final, mastered version of Messengers. August Burns Reds' first trip to the Middle East took place on March 6, 2009 with the band playing at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival. The band's last tour before their next album release took place in the United States, where they toured with metalcore band All That Remains throughout April and May.To promote their upcoming album, August Burns Red released several new tracks and a music video during June 2009. The tracks Thirty and Seven, Existence, and Ocean of Apathy were all released on the 15th, 21st, and 29th, respectively. A music video for the song Meddler was also released during this month. On July 7, a week before the album's release, August Burns Red began streaming the full album on their Myspace profile for a limited time.August Burns Red released their third full-length album, Constellations, on July 14, 2009. During the week of August 1, 2009, the album charted at spot 24 on the Billboard 200. Another United States tour was organized with August Burns Red headlining and support from Blessthefall, Enter Shikari, All Shall Perish, and iwrestledabearonce. After this tour, the band joined a short tour in Australia with Architects in support of Australian band Parkway Drive. August Burns Red toured alongside Underoath and Emery in November and December 2009 as well.The band released their first live CD\/DVD, Home, on September 28, 2010. The group co-headlined an Alternative Press tour throughout November. On February 23, 2010, Constellations was nominated for the Dove Award for \"Best Rock Album\".August Burns Red toured Australia and New Zealand in December 2010 on the No Sleep Til Festival. The band played alongside Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Suicide Silence, Megadeth, Descendents, Gwar and many others.On July 27, 2010, lead guitarist, Brubaker stated that the band would be taking time off tour to write their next record, On February 12, 2011, the band announced via their official Facebook page that they had completely finished writing their new record and that they would be entering the studio on Valentine's Day which, following into March of the next year, the band announced that the record was finished, and that it was (at that point) time for mixing. On the April 5, August Burns Red revealed the name of this upcoming record as Leveler. On May 16, 2011, the band released the song \u201cEmpire\u201d as a preview before its release. They also later premiered three other songs: \"Internal Cannon\", \"Divisions\", and \"Poor Millionaire\", on May 31, June 6, and June 14, respectively.Leveler was released on June 21, 2011 in two forms; standard and deluxe. The deluxe version of Leveler contains four extra songs, including an acoustic version of the song \"Internal Cannon\". The album sold particularly well compared to their other releases, with 29,000 of its opening first week-copies being sold in the United States alone. These sales had the record land at position 11 on TheBillboard 200 chart. After the release, August Burns Red took part on the main stage of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.August Burns Red headlined their own \"Leveler\" tour on the first quarter of 2012 with Silverstein, Texas In July, I The Breather and Letlive.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2886_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Relient K
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Relient K

July 2016 the band will release a new album titled Air For Free, and have Matthew Hoopes, Matt Thiessen and Dave Douglas...

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{"key":"2885","name":"Relient K","bio":"July 2016 the band will release a new album titled Air For Free, and have Matthew Hoopes, Matt Thiessen and Dave Douglas as permanent band members.Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio by Matt Thiessen (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Brian Pittman (bass), and Matthew Hoopes (guitar, backing vocals), during the band's junior year in high school and their time at Malone College. The band is named after guitarist Hoopes' automobile, a Plymouth Reliant K car, with the spelling intentionally altered to avoid trademark infringement over the Reliant name.In 2000, Dave Douglas replaced Stephen Cushman on drums. In 2004, John Warne, formerly of Ace Troubleshooter replaced Brian on bass guitar. In 2005,Jon Schneck joined on with additional guitars, as well as banjo, bells, and backing vocals. In 2008, Ethan Luck, formerly of The O.C. Supertones and Demon Hunter replaced Dave on drums.The band has released 9 albums, including 2 Christmas albums, as well as 6 EPs, and some other miscellaneous projects. Starting in 2000 with their second album, Relient K was signed to Gotee Records, a Christian record label. In 2004, their album Mmhmm shot them into mainstream popularity when it released at #15 on Billboard 200, and was released on Gotee, Mono Vs. Stereo (both Christian record labels), as well as Capitol, a secular label. They stayed with Gotee\/Capitol until 2007, and their album Five Score and Seven Years Ago released at #6. Their latest album, Forget and Not Slow Down was released in 2009 with Mono Vs. Stereo. The band has done very well in both the Christian and mainstream music industries. The band has received numerous awards including a Grammy Award nomination in 2003 for Best Rock Gospel Album and two Dove Awards. The band has sold over 2 million records, with three albums being given gold certification by the RIAA.The band's musical style has changed over the years, starting off as very pop-punk, and maturing into a unique sort of pop-alternative-rock, with many songs varying in style, and some including acoustic guitars, piano, banjo, synths, bells, etc. Through the years, their lyrics and songwriting have matured, but they have not lost their silly side and sense of humor. They still often reference their Christian faith throughout their songs.Matt Thiessen, the band's main songwriter, also has a solo side project, Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes. He has also collaborated with Owl City. Dave Douglas also has a solo side project, Agnes.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2885_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Switchfoot
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Switchfoot

Switchfoot is a Grammy-winning alternative rock band from San Diego, California, United States. The band was formed in 1...

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{"key":"507","name":"Switchfoot","bio":"Switchfoot is a Grammy-winning alternative rock band from San Diego, California, United States. The band was formed in 1996 with the brothers Jon Foreman (lead singer\/guitarist) and Tim Foreman (bass). Long-time friend Chad Butler (drums) joined soon after. Eventually the band evolved to what it is today with the addition of members Jerome Fontamillas (key\/guitar\/electronics - formerly of Mortal and Fold Zandura) and Drew Shirley (guitar - formerly of All Together Separate). Although the band started out playing at Christian music festivals, they shun the label of \"Christian rock,\" with singer and guitarist Jon Foreman saying, \"For us, it's a faith, not a genre. We've always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us `Christian rock' tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that's not what we're trying to do. Music has always opened my mind \u2013 and that's what we want.\" They started out on Charlie Peacock's label \"re:think\" and spent several years appearing at Christian festivals and enjoying Christian radio hits. Most of their early tours were with Christian bands and both of the band's new members were borrowed from Christian bands.Switchfoot did not see success outside of the Christian rock scene until they were featured alongside singer Mandy Moore on the A Walk To Remember soundtrack. The band's first true commercial success came in 2003 with the release of their fourth major label (and first mainstream label) offering, The Beautiful Letdown. The album went on to sell more than 2 million albums and Switchfoot became the most popular rock band to be associated with Christian music.They were featured on the British Edition of the Spiderman II soundtrack along with the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional to name a few, in 2004 with the song 'Meant To Live'.In 2005 Switchfoot released \"Nothing Is Sound\". The album went gold within 3 months and received much critical acclaim.Switchfoot's highly anticipated album, titled \"Oh! Gravity.\" was released on December 26th, 2006. On November 10th, 2009, Switchfoot released their first album produced under their own label, lowercase people. \"Mess of Me\", a single from the album released months before the CD, has enjoy chart-topping radio plays since its release.In 2010 Switchfoot released their album, \"Hello Hurricane\".On September 27th, 2011, to much anticipation and excitement, Switchfoot released their newest album, \"Vice Verses\".Sites:www.switchfoot.comSwitchfoot Message Boards","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/507_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}
Thousand Foot Krutch
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Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch (originally known as Oddball 1995-1996) is a Canadian alternative band formed in 1995, currently co...

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{"key":"529","name":"Thousand Foot Krutch","bio":"Thousand Foot Krutch (originally known as Oddball 1995-1996) is a Canadian alternative band formed in 1995, currently composed of Trevor McNevan (vocals), Steve Augustine (drums), Joel Bruyere (bass) and Ty Dietzler (touring guitarist), all of whom are Christians. McNevan and Augustine are also in FM Static; Joel Bruyere, has also started his own side project, entitled The Drawing Room; also McNevan has contributed guest vocals with Three Days Grace, Falling Up, Worth Dying For, KJ-52, Demon Hunter, Hawk Nelson and Manafest. Trevor McNevan began the band in Peterborough, Ontario, a city northeast of Toronto, where he went to high school. Joel Bruyere, born in Brantford, Ontario under the name Oddball. First line-up included Dave Smith on guitar, Tim Baxter on bass and Trevor's cousin, Three Days Grace's Neil Sanderson, on drums.Their first album, Shutterbug, was released in 1995. Neil Sanderson (drums), also played in Groundswell (the first version of Three Days Grace). Bands spend a lot of time together and even worked at McDonald's.The second album, (that was first under the name Thousand Foot Krutch) That's What People Do was released independently in 1998 and is out of print. It sold over 5000 copies. TFK climbed the ladder of local notoriety throughout Ontario and abroad. Reaching the ears of Ontario commercial radio, CKWF 101.5 FM in their home town of Peterborough took a chance and added \"Rhyme Animal\", the band's first single from their independent recording, to their rotation. It clicked with listeners and within two months ended up being one of the five most requested songs of the year. In 1999 TFK was chosen by 7 Ball Magazine as one of the top 25 indie bands in North America. They were also awarded \"Best Indie Recording\" and Trevor awarded \"Vocalist of the Year\" by the readers of The Wire Magazine. They were then awarded \"Band of the Year\" at the 2000 Wire Awards. They were also voted as the #1 band of the millennium on 100.3 FM in Barrie, Ontario.The next album, Set It Off, was released at November 14th 2000. It was debut label release. The sound of the album was distinct in its heavily hip-hop influenced nu metal, and though a few songs from the record (including \"Puppet\" and \"Supafly\") impacted at both Secular and Christian radio, the band gained notoriety almost entirely through self-promotion and word of mouth. The band also printed a limited edition \"Pre-release\" version of \"Set It Off\" at a release party in Peterborough, Ontario for their local fans. TFK toured with Finger Eleven, Econoline Crush, Treble Charger, The Tea Party, Matthew Good Band, Gob, Zuckerbaby, Clarknova, superGARAGE and others. Three Days Grace, which was a cover band at that time, was a TFK's opening band. Trevor helped with recordings of Three Days Grace's demo album. He is also featured on their song \"This Movie\" from this album.In 2003, TFK signed with Seattle-based Tooth & Nail Records after long consideration and released their critically-acclaimed second full-length CD, Phenomenon. Though something of a departure from the rap-heavy sound of Set it Off, Phenomenon still relied on McNevan's rhythmic vocals, albeit with a solid modern metal sound. Phenomenon was well received, and spawned 4 popular radio singles, including the anthemic \"Rawkfist.\" The CD sold 200,000 units making it one of the best-selling albums in Tooth & Nail's history. They continued this success with the 2004 re-release of Set it Off through Tooth & Nail, allowing for a larger print run and adding 6 songs, including five from \"That's What People Do\", and one new song \"Everyone Like Me\", produced by Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace\/Billy Talent\/Thornley). In that time McNevan and Augustine started a side band called FM Static, which can be classified as a pop-punk or pop\/rock band and is usually much more light-hearted. FM Static scoring two #10 hits for their songs \"Crazy Mary\", and \"Something to Believe in.\"On July 19, 2005, they released their third full-length album The Art of Breaking, produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace\/Finger Eleven\/Simple Plan). This album makes almost a complete break from the nu metal sound of their earlier albums, focusing more on hardcore elements. The single \"Move\" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart early 2006. The band was on many tours, festivals and concerts, including concerts with Korn, Paramore, Relient K, AFI, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hawthorne Heights, Dashboard Confessional, Neverending White Lights, Kill Hannah, Trapt, Thornley and others.After working in the studio with producer Ken Andrews (Beck\/Chris Cornell\/Pete Yorn\/Tenacious D\/Mae) they released The Flame in All of Us on September 18th, 2007. This album could be considered a slight deviation from their previous rapcore inspired sound, with a move to a more mainstream rock sound, with some heavy influences from bands such as fellow Canadian artists Our Lady Peace & other various metal bands. On Purevolume.com Thousand Foot Krutch was the favorite artist on the 2nd of July 2007 and 26th August 2007.The next tour was in the spring of 2008 when the band toured with Skillet and Decyfer Down. TFK also perfomed with Egypt Central, P.O.D., Chevelle, Sevendust, 10 Years, Daughtry, Red.TFK's 5th album titled \"Welcome to the Masquerade\" was released in the fall of 2009. Thousand Foot Krutch kicked off their new album \"Welcome to the Masquerade\" for the first time at North Western College St. Paul MN on 9\/11\/09.The End Is Where We Begin is the band\u2019s fifth studio album. The End Is Where We Begin Songfacts reports the record was released on April 17, 2012.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/529_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Emery
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Emery is an American four-piece alternative rock band from Rock Hill, South Carolina, currently working under their own ...

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{"key":"2911","name":"Emery","bio":"Emery is an American four-piece alternative rock band from Rock Hill, South Carolina, currently working under their own indie label, Bad Christian Music. Emery moved to Seattle, Washington in order to reach a more music centered scene. The band resists being labeled a \"Christian band\". Before signing with Tooth & Nail, Emery recorded 2 EP's, The Columbus EEP Thee and The Weak's End demo that they used to attract attention from labels. With Tooth & Nail, they have recorded 4 studio albums, and 2 EPs. The Weak's End, their debut album, was released in 2004, followed by The Question in 2005 and I'm Only A Man in 2007. The latter fulfilled Emery's contract with Tooth & Nail. However, the band re-signed with the label and released In Shallow Seas We Sail on June 2, 2009. The band's most recent album, We Do What We Want, was released on March 29, 2011.Formation and Early Years (2000 \u2013 2001)Emery formed in 2001 in Rock Hill, South Carolina but moved to Seattle, Washington in search of a better musical environment. The band was named after a first grader that Toby Morrell met while working as an intern for a teacher in college. The four members in the band at the time, Toby Morrell (vocals\/guitar), Devin Shelton (drums), Matt Carter (guitar\/keyboards), and Joel \"Chopper\" Green (bass) actually left Rock Hill, South Carolina for Seattle on September 11, the day of the terrorist attacks; they found out about the attacks when they stopped at a local diner in South Carolina. Most of the members are from the bands Sachul, Joe 747, Simply Waynes and Oogie Brown. After a little while Seth Studley, who was one of the original members of the band, broke out of a serious relationship and followed them to Seattle and resumed his post as drummer. Since Seth took over drums, Devin went ahead and took the position of guitarist.The Weak's End (2002 \u2013 2004)After making Emerald City their new home in Seattle, Washington, Emery signed a record deal with Tooth & Nail Records, also of Seattle, in 2002. Wasting no time, Emery paired up with producer\/engineer Ed Rose and worked on their debut album, The Weak's End. It was produced at the Black Lodge Studio in Eudora, Kansas. The record was released in January 2004 by Tooth & Nail Records. Emery toured extensively to promote their new release.The Question (2005 \u2013 2006)While touring, Seth Studley decided to leave the band in order to get married and Emery had to look for a new drummer. While touring with Haste the Day, Dave Powell was brought out to audition. Powell was officially put in the band on November 2005. Powell originally played in the Indianapolis-based metalcore\/hardcore band The Bowels of Judas.Soon after touring, Emery went back into the studio to record their next record with production done by Aaron Sprinkle this time around. The band took five weeks in recording sessions. The Question was released on August 2, 2005. \"Studying Politics\" was released as the album's first single with a video emerging on June 29, 2005. On November 21, 2006, Emery re-released The Question, adding a DVD, five acoustic versions of previously recorded songs and two new demo tracks, which were produced by Matt Carter. The DVD included a documentary film of Emery, live songs and bonus footage.After the re-release, Joel \"Chopper\" Green decided to leave the band. On September 19, 2006, Emery posted a blog on their website explaining the departure. Devin and Toby since then switched bass parts in concerts and in the studio.I'm Only A Man (2007 \u2013 2008)While touring with Underoath in Australia, Emery announced that they were releasing a new album. The album, I'm Only A Man, leaked onto the internet before its official release on October 2, 2007. The album was produced by Ryan Boesch and Matt Carter and recorded at Dark Horse Studio in Tennessee. It received mixed reviews. Emery released a deluxe edition of the album as well, which featured four acoustic songs that were recorded while on the Take Action Tour with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and DVD with a live footage and a documentary. The iTunes version of the deluxe edition also added a bonus track called \"Whoa! Man\".While Broken Hearts Prevail and \u2026In Shallow Seas We Sail (2008 \u2013 2010)Emery announced in an interview on TVU that they finished a new 8-track EP entitled While Broken Hearts Prevail, which was released on October 28, 2008. They began premiering some of the new material while on tour opening for The Almost, including a song entitled \"Edge Of The World\".In an interview with Toby Morrell, Emery announced that would be releasing a new album called \u2026In Shallow Seas We Sail. Up until the announcement of Emery resigning to Tooth & Nail Records, it was unsure if the band would seek a new label, since their contract had expired. They re-signed with Tooth & Nail and soon gave out information on their new release.On April 7, 2009, Emery released a new song entitled \"Cutthroat Collapse\" on their Myspace, Purevolume, and iTunes. On May 29, 2009, Emery put \u2026In Shallow Seas We Sail in its entirety up on their Myspace. On June 2, 2009, \u2026In Shallow Seas We Sail was officially released.During their headlining U.S. tour, Emery had selected dates filmed for a DVD in the works. The release date is unknown at this time. Emery set out on tour supporting Underoath on their fall\/winter headlining tour for the rest of the year. In the summer of 2010 they went on the \"Scream it Like You Mean it\" tour with Silverstein, Ivoryline, Dance Gavin Dance, We Came as Romans, Sky Eats Airplane, and I Set My Friends On Fire.We Do What We Want (2011- 2012)On January 26, 2011 it was announced that the band's fifth album We Do What We Want is set to be released on March 29, 2011. The band also released a clip of a song titled \"Scissors\". Another song titled \"The Curse of Perfect Days\" has been released to Christian rock radio stations.On January 31, 2011, vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and bassist Devin Shelton announced he was taking an \"indefinite hiatus\" from Emery.On February 1, 2011 a song titled \"The Cheval Glass\" was released on the band's Facebook, Youtube and Myspace page. On February 17, 2011, the band announced that We Do What We Want would be released through both Tooth & Nail and their hardcore\/metal subdivision Solid State Records reflecting the heavier sound of the album.In 2012, Toby Morrell and Matt Carter formed a side project duo, simply called Matt & Toby, with a more acoustic\/electronic type sound. The duo released a self-titled album in November of that year via Tooth & Nail.Bad Christian Music (2013 - present)In 2013 Emery did not resign with Tooth & Nail records, subsequently leaving the label. Later that year, they founded Bad Christian Music, a blog & podcast website, as well as an indie record label.In 2014, the band released two books, Bad Christian, Great Savior, and The M Word.On May 19th, 2015 Emery released their sixth full length album, their first album via Bad Christian Music, You Were Never Alone. The album peaked at No. 69 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, No. 6 on Independent Albums, No. 8 on Alternative Music[ No. 10 on Top Rock Albums and No. 31 on Top Album Sales.Bands such as Abandon Kansas and The Classic Crime have also joined the artist roster of Bad Christian Music.MembersToby Morrell: lead vocals, guitarMatt Carter: guitar, aggressive vocalsJosh Head: keyboard, vocals, aggressive vocals Dave Powell: drumsFormer MembersDevin Shelton: guitar, lead vocals (on indefinite hiatus now)Seth Studley: drumsJoel Green: bassJoey Svendsen: bass","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2911_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Mutemath
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Mutemath is an alternative rock band which formed in New Orleans, LA, United States in 2003. They consist of Paul Meany ...

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{"key":"3375","name":"Mutemath","bio":"Mutemath is an alternative rock band which formed in New Orleans, LA, United States in 2003. They consist of Paul Meany (vocals, Rhodes, keytar, keyboards, samples), Roy Mitchell-C\u00e1rdenas (bass, percussion), Darren King (drums, samples), and Todd Gummerman (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals). Since Mutemath released its first EP in late 2004 and hit the road in 2005, their musical style has transformed over the years. By the time of their 2006 self-titled debut, their blending of adverse genres earned them a reputation as one of modern music\u2019s most daring young groups. By 2007, they found themselves Grammy nominated and declared by Alternative Press as \u201cthe #1 band you need to see live before you die.\u201d But in the band almost broke up during the making of their sophomore album Armistice. \u201cIt was a risk we had to take,\u201d says King looking back on what they set out to accomplish for Armistice. \u201cThis record was by far the most painful music-making experience I\u2019ve ever had, but also the one I\u2019m most proud of.\u201dThe band is best known for the 2007 single \u201cTypical\u201d, taken from their 2006 self titled album. The song\u2019s innovative backwards video was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Best Short Form Music Video. Speaking with Songfacts in a 2011 interview, Darren King poked fun at the somewhat futile nomination : \"For the rest of our career, we get to say \"Grammy nominated band.\" We don't have to say what it was for. (Laughing).\" Mutemath re-enacted the \"Typical\" video during a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, using the same reverse playback technique used in the original video. The song also peaked at #33 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.The band has contributed songs to various films such as Twilight, Transformers, Never Back Down, The Stepfather, The Rocker, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Alongside contributing songs to film and product endorsements, Mutemath has appeared on every major late night television program including: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O\u2019Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In April 2011, it was announced on their official website that founding guitarist Greg Hill had left the band in October 2010. The new album was recorded with other band members filling in on guitar and a new guitarist, Todd Gummerman, was named shortly after Odd Soul was released and he features in most music videos from the album.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3375_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}
Norma Jean
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There are several artists named Norma Jean, the by far most popular being a metalcore/mathcore band from Douglasville, G...

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{"key":"2884","name":"Norma Jean","bio":"There are several artists named Norma Jean, the by far most popular being a metalcore\/mathcore band from Douglasville, Georgia, U.S.A. (1). Norma Jean is also a country singer from Wellston, Oklahoma (2).(1) Norma Jean is a metalcore\/ mathcore band from Douglasville, Georgia, USA- a suburb of Atlanta. They were originally known as Luti-Kriss. They released two albums: an EP (titled 5ep) in 2000, and a full-length release, Throwing Myself on March 13, 2001. After the release of Throwing Myself, the band changed their name to Norma Jean to avoid confusion with rapper Ludacris.Their original vocalist, Josh Scogin, left the band right after the release of Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child and went on to start The Chariot. He was temporarily replaced by Brad Norris, who was then replaced by Cory Brandan, formerly of Eso-Charis, Living Sacrifice, Uses Fire, and The Handshake Murders.On August 13, 2002, the band released Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child on Solid State Records which inculded released single 'Face:Face' with the video directed by Darren Doane. They released their second album in March of 2005, titled O God, the Aftermath. almost exactly a year later, they re-released O'God as a Deluxe edition CD\\DVD combo with a few hours of recording and tour footage as well as three music videos for Bayonetwork, Liarsenic, and Absentimental.Norma Jean's third studio album, Redeemer, was released on September 12, 2006, under Solid State records. This was the third studio album since changing their name. shortly after, they released a music video for the song \"Blueprints for Future Homes\" which was directed by the same Swedish twins that directed \"Liarsenic\"In August 2008 Norma Jean released their fourth studio album, entitled the Anti-Mother. Featuring a new drummer, Chris Raines, who replaced former drummer Daniel Davison. Guests on the album include Page Hamilton of Helmet and Chino Moreno of Deftones. Norma Jean is also the stage name of Norma Jean Wright, lead vocalist of the band Chic from 1977-78. Prior to her work with Chic, she sang with The Topettes and The Spinners. Most notably, she sang lead vocal on the 1978 album Chic, which includes the hits \"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)\" (#6 Pop, #6 R&B in January 1978) and \"Everybody Dance\" (#38 Pop, #12 R&B in April 1978).Norma Jean left Chic in 1978 to begin a solo career. In July 1978, she scored her first R&B Top 20 hit, \"Saturday\" (#15), from her debut album Norma Jean on the Bearsville Records label, produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. In January 1980, she scored her second (and last) R&B Top 20 hit, \"High Society\" (#19), also produced by the Chic team. Other popular songs of Norma Jean Wright, include the following: \"Sorcerer\" from debut album Norma Jean (1978), \"Having a Party\" from Norma Jean (1978), \"I Like Love\" from Norma Jean (1978), \"Hold Me Lonely Boy\" (1979), \"Love Attack\" (1983), \"Shot in the Dark\" (1984) \"Every Bit of This Love\" (1985).Norma Jean also sang as a backing vocalist with the following artists: C+C Music Factory, Constina, Randy Crawford, Will Downing, Aretha Franklin, Fantasy, Debbie Gibson, Nelson Rangell, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Sister Sledge and Nick Scotti.Another Norma Jean, also known as Pretty Miss Norma Jean (b. Norma Jean Beasler January 30, 1938) is an American country music singer. She is best known for her spot on The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961 to 1967 before her replacement by Dolly Parton. Norma Jean, however, was a country singer in her own right, having a handful of country singles that hit the Top 10 and Top 20 between 1963 and 1966, including \"Let's Go All the Way\" and \"The Game of Triangles\". She proved instrumental and important in opening doors for other female country singers. Although she didn't have the songwriting prowess of Dolly Parton, her voice was warm, and her records are still easy to listen to.(2)Norma Jean is the artist's name of country singer, Norma Jean Basier (born Wellston, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1938). Norma Jean is best known as a regular performer on the Ozark Jubilee TV show (1955), the Porter Wagoner TV show (between 1961 and 1967). Her recording career started in 1963, the year in which she also became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She had many country hits in the years thereafter.She seemed forgotten by the end of the 1960s but returned in 2005 with the comeback album, The Loneliest Star In Texas.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2884_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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