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Candlebox Biography

This Alternative-Rock band was formed in Seattle, Washington USA, in December 1991 by vocalist Kevin Martin, guitarist Peter Klett, bassist Bardi Martin and drummer Scott Mercado.

Candlebox, which was less influenced by the grungy sound, debuted with their explosive 1993 self-titled album; the disc became a surprise success, reaching the #7 position on The Billboard Top 200 chart and featured notable radio hits like the Active Rock top 20 "Change" plus three Mainstream Rock top 10 smashes "Cover Me", "You" and "Far Behind", the latter of which crossed over into The Billboard Hot 100 at #18 and also grabbed a #7 spot on The Modern Rock Tracks. The quartet spent the next two years touring extensively throughout the U.S. and in 1995 their debut album was certified 3 x platinum for sales of over three million copies.

That same year, Candlebox's second effort was released, but "Lucy" failed to replicate its predecessor's success, the record stalled at #11 in The Billboard 200 chart. Its main single, "Simple Lessons", peaked at #5 on The Mainstream Rock list and at #12 on The Modern Rock Tracks; "Understanding" was another Active Rock top 20 hit for the band.

In 1997, Mercado left the band, he was replaced by former Pearl Jam drummer, Dave Krusen. One year later Candlebox released a new single, "It's Alright", in advance of their third album, "Happy Pills"; the single quickly catapulted into the top 3 of The Mainstream Rock chart and achieved a career-best peak of #2 that chart, but "Happy Pills" didn't rise higher than #65 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The follow-up single, "10,000 Horses", peaked at #13 at Active Rock radio and the title-track reached the #17 spot on the same chart.

Evidently Candlebox broke up sometime around 1999 but came back together again in 2006 when Kevin Martin and Peter Klett, the songwriting team that formed the band, were reunited with Bardi Martin and original drummer Scott Mercado to release "The Best Of Candlebox". Bardi Martin, who earned a law degree, left the group the following year and was replaced Adam Kury on bass. It was also around this time that they added rhythm guitarist Sean Hennesy to the fold.

In July 2008 Candlebox unleashed its first album of original material in ten years; "Into The Sun" peaked at #32 on The Billboard 200 while the lead single, "Stand", hit #15 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart. The disc included three more minor hits: "How Does It Feel" "Miss You" and "A Kiss Before".

In 2010 Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy collaborated with members of the band Live on a new project: The Gracious Few.

Candlebox's fifth studio album, "Love Stories & Other Musings", arrives April 3, 2012; it contains the first single, "Believe In It".


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    The band line-up 1998
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    Candlebox 2008