The Memphis, Tennessee USA, Christian rockers Skillet, initially comprised singer + bassist John Cooper, guitarist Ken Steorts and drummer Trey McClurkin. This trio drew from an eclectic blend of musical influences to serve up a helping of spicy Alternative-Rock.
In November 1996, the band released its self-titled first album and one and a half years later they returned with a sophomore release, their Ardent debut "Hey You, I Love Your Soul", which cracked the top 30 of the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart.
Enlisting the help of Cooper's wife, Korey Cooper on guitar + keyboards, the group released "Invincible" in February 2000 reaching the #13 position on the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart.
After nearly a year Skillet emerged with a new line-up, featuring John and Korey Cooper, Ben Kasica on guitar and Lori Peters on drums; delivered in the summer of 2001 "Alien Youth" became the band's first Billboard Top 200 entry at #141; it also peaked at #4 on the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart.
With the release of their fifth studio opus, entitled "Collide", the Tennessee foursome launched themselves into the mainstream with the single "Savior" which hit the top 30 of the Billboard's Active Rock Tracks in 2004. The CD went on to sell over 200,000 units, while the band played some 200 dates a year, including tours with the likes of Saliva, Shinedown, Finger Eleven and Three Days Grace.
October 2006 saw Skillet release "Comatose"; the disc became their most successful album to date reaching the #55 spot on The Billboard 200 spawning three Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 hits in "Whispers In The Dark", "The Older I Get" and "The Last Night".
The group's seventh studio album, "Awake", which marked the arrival of new drummer Jen
Ledger, was released in stores in August 2009. The first single from the CD was the Hot Christian Songs #1 smash "Hero", while the follow-up
"Monster" peaked at #20 on The Rock Songs chart. The album itself rose to #2 on The Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The third single, "Awake and Alive", became their biggest Mainstream Rock hit to date, falling just shy of the top spot of the Active Rock chart. It was followed by another Mainstream Rock top 20 hit: "It's Not Me, It's You".
In early 2011, the longtime guitarist Ben Kasica left the band and was replaced by Seth Morrison.
In June 2013 Skillet released "Rise", it opened at #4 on The Billboard 200 and at #16 on the Top Canadian Albums charts. The first single, "Sick Of It", quickly ascended into the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock chart.