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Red Biography

The Alternative-Rock band Red came together in the middle of the 2000s thanks to a friendship between lead singer Michael Barnes and twin brothers Anthony and Randy Armstrong, lead guitarist and bass player, respectively. They grew up in Pennsylvania playing to area youth groups, performing popular contemporary Christian music covers. Moving from Pennsylvania to Nashville, Tennessee USA, to focus on their career, the three members hooked up with rhythm guitarist Jasen Rauch and drummer Hayden Lamb.

Musically influenced by modern heavy-Rock outfits, Red brings a unique blend of roiling guitars, epic string arrangements, strong melodies and passionate vocals. The band's debut full-length disc, "End Of Silence", surfaced in June 2006 on Essential Records selling over a quarter-million copies. The songs on this album deconstruct struggles that listeners face, while painting a picture of redemption in the midst of brokenness. The first single, "Breathe Into Me", impacted Rock radio formats in February 2007, breaking into the top 10 of the Active Rock chart. The album steadily built momentum peaking at #17 on the Top Independent chart and cracking The Billboard 200 a year after its release as sales steadily broke out to hundreds of thousands of copies sold. The CD included another Active Rock top 20 entrant, "Already Over" and the minor hit "Break Me Down". Not surprisingly, the album became a hit with other bands as well, leading to tours and shows with Papa Roach, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Buckcherry and Seether, among others. These opportunities contributed to the band's impressive 500 plus live show schedule between albums.

In February 2009 Red put out its sophomore full-length studio album, "Innocence & Instinct", it marked the recording debut of new drummer Joe Rickard. The disc quickly catapulted into the top 20 of The Billboard 200 while the first single, "Death Of Me", shot to #9 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart and reached the #37 position on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The follow-up single, "Forever", hit the top 20 of the Active Rock radio chart in the fall of 2009, it was around this time that the band announced that Jasen Rauch left the fold. The final single, their cover of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World", scraped the lower reaches of the Active Rock chart.

Red's third studio album, "Until We Have Faces", arrived in February 2011; launched with massive online marketing and press campaigns the disc shot to #2 on the coveted Billboard Top 200 and yielded an instant #1 hit at Christian Rock radio with the first official single "Faceless". The opener "Feed The Machine" made its entrance into the Active Rock top 20 chart.

February 2013 saw the Tennessee rockers unleash "Release The Panic". Coming off a hugely successful previous album and massive year on the road tour with P.O.D. and Thousand Foot Krutch to name just a few, their fourth album was another solid record which peaked at #7 on The Billboard 200 and the first single, "Perfect Life", managed to rise into the Actve Rock top 40 chart.


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