Artist: Shinedown Biography

18 Feb 2006, 20:58  32,792,667  1,133,091

ShinedownShinedown is a Hard Rock band that originated in Jacksonville, Florida. Shinedown was formed in early 2002 by Brent Smith, Jasin Todd, Brad Stewart, and Barry Kerch. They were signed by Atlantic Records.

On July 13, 2003, the band released their debut album Leave A Whisper. The album sold the popular singles "Fly From The Inside" and "45". Leave A Whisper was re-released on June 15, 2004, to capitalize on the strength of a new single: A cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man". This song is often dedicated to their friend Dimebag Darrell who died in 2004. The re-release also featured an acoustic version of "45", and a new mix of "Burning Bright", which was to be the fourth single from the album. During 2004, the band notably opened for Van Halen. On September 21, 2005, Leave A Whisper was certified as gold. On August 23, 2005, the band released a live DVD called Live From The Inside that contained a full-length Shinedown concert held at the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

On October 4, 2005, the band released their second album called Us And Them, backed by the single "Save Me". Save Me maintained a #1 position on active rock charts for twelve weeks. The song became the theme song for WWE No Mercy 2005. The follow-up single, "I Dare You", also did respectably, and became one of the theme songs of WWE's WrestleMania 22 and was also performed on American Idol by Chris Daughtry. There are currently three versions of Us And Them: the regular thirteen-track version, a limited edition with three bonus acoustic tracks, and a store-specific edition with two bonus tracks: "Break" and "Carried Away". In 2006, the band co-headlined the SnoCore Tour with Seether, Flyleaf, and Halestorm, which was followed by the Equinox Tour in which Shinedown co-headlined with Trapt. Shinedown played their first overseas concert at the London Astoria on June 6, 2006, supporting Alter Bridge. In the late summer of 2006, the band opened for Godsmack and Rob Zombie on their North American Tour.

On December 12, 2006, Shinedown played in Knoxville, Tennessee at The Tennessee Theatre which was filmed for an upcoming DVD the band was expected to be releasing later this year (2007). However, after a recent show, Waukesha, WI, July 21, 2007, the band made it known that the DVD was scrapped by Atlantic Records.

The band began recording their new album in Los Angeles on September 20, 2007. Their first single, Devour, was released on May 20, 2008, and has proven a successful single, with it charting in the Top 10. The video for the song was released on June 25, 2008. On June 17, 2008, the album in it's entirety was put up on their MySpace page for listening. Shinedown's third album, The Sound of Madness, was released on June 24, 2008. The band is currently playing various festivals across North America before embarking on a tour in support of the new album.

Regarding the upcoming album, lead singer Brent Smith was quoted in an interview with Billboard.com as saying; "It's time to just go over the top, literally go above and beyond what a human being thinks they're capable of recording. We want to do a huge hard rock record that has a lot of crossover potential, but also some of the most insanely intense and heavy material that this band has ever tried - and see if we can pull it off." Smith noted that the group had more than forty songs to consider after writing sessions in Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles, but this was narrowed down to eleven songs for the standard album, and 14 songs for the deluxe edition.

In 2007 and 2008, Shinedown had some lineup changes with Brad Stewart and Jasin Todd leaving the band and Zach Myers*, Nick Perry, and Eric Bass joining the band.

*Zach Myers was touring guitarist from 2005-2007 and performed as bass guitarist during the recording of The Sound of Madness.

Shinedown performed free concerts at numerous state fairs across the US between June and September of 2009.

According to the Bully Songfacts, the lead single from Shinedown's fourth studio album, Amaryllis, is titled "Bully." It is the first new music to be heard from the Florida-based hard rockers since all six singles from The Sound Of Madness topped the rock radio chart. The song was released on January 3, 2012.

Current members of the band:
Brent Smith
Zach Myers
Eric Bass
Barry Kerch

Top Track "Shinedown"

Devour - Shinedown

Devour

344,983
1,811,627
Second Chance - Shinedown

Second Chance

279,561
2,187,052
Sound of Madness - Shinedown

Sound of Madness

177,498
1,333,660
Her Name is Alice - Shinedown

Her Name is Alice

160,216
738,845
Call Me - Shinedown

Call Me

154,612
1,305,291
45 - Shinedown

45

140,517
1,062,331
All I Ever Wanted - Shinedown

All I Ever Wanted

130,931
445,806
If You Only Knew - Shinedown

If You Only Knew

128,872
990,481
Simple Man - Shinedown

Simple Man

122,609
648,811
Save Me - Shinedown

Save Me

103,359
740,304
Fly From the Inside - Shinedown

Fly From the Inside

99,101
600,297
The Crow & The Butterfly - Shinedown

The Crow & The Butterfly

91,324
634,916
Breaking Inside - Shinedown

Breaking Inside

89,947
674,500
45 (Album Version) - Shinedown

45 (Album Version)

89,864
199,298
Bully - Shinedown

Bully

85,931
603,149
What A Shame - Shinedown

What A Shame

84,537
648,591
Cry For Help - Shinedown

Cry For Help

80,025
556,311
Burning Bright - Shinedown

Burning Bright

78,850
490,376
I Dare You - Shinedown

I Dare You

77,725
538,135
Heroes - Shinedown

Heroes

72,874
421,775
Sin With A Grin - Shinedown

Sin With A Grin

69,301
467,401
Enemies - Shinedown

Enemies

66,445
449,905
Stranger Inside - Shinedown

Stranger Inside

65,291
304,115
Lost in the Crowd - Shinedown

Lost in the Crowd

54,266
311,196
In Memory - Shinedown

In Memory

52,678
292,760
No More Love - Shinedown

No More Love

52,005
283,116
Left Out - Shinedown

Left Out

50,083
263,524
Better Version - Shinedown

Better Version

48,653
293,008
Crying Out - Shinedown

Crying Out

47,838
266,502
Beyond the Sun - Shinedown

Beyond the Sun

47,438
290,905
Adrenaline - Shinedown

Adrenaline

46,622
274,638
Cut The Cord - Shinedown

Cut The Cord

45,765
299,869
Unity - Shinedown

Unity

45,746
322,849
Yer Majesty - Shinedown

Yer Majesty

44,552
234,928
Shed Some Light - Shinedown

Shed Some Light

44,252
268,209
Trade Yourself In - Shinedown

Trade Yourself In

44,036
243,450
Lacerated - Shinedown

Lacerated

43,606
221,348
Fake - Shinedown

Fake

42,389
226,825
The Dream - Shinedown

The Dream

42,312
196,175
Begin Again - Shinedown

Begin Again

41,754
232,348
Some Day - Shinedown

Some Day

41,585
247,361
I'll Follow You - Shinedown

I'll Follow You

40,271
267,167
Simple Man - acoustic - Shinedown

Simple Man - acoustic

39,491
193,436
Atmosphere - Shinedown

Atmosphere

38,994
202,961
State of My Head - Shinedown

State of My Head

38,420
205,417