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The band currently consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose. Over the past 15 years, Skillet has undergone several lineup changes, leaving founder John Cooper as the only original member remaining in the band
 Early years (1996–99)
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 temporary 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 (2000–02)
Shortly before the band began recording for their third album, Invincible, Steorts left the band to be with his family and launch Visible Music College, a modern music ministry college located in Memphis, 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 that point. 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.
It caught the attention of Andy Karp." and "The Last Night". 4 on the US Top Christian Albums chart. A remix on . On October 21. [. everything I hear goes through my John Cooper filter of what I like and what I don’t like." Peters' last concert with Skillet was on December 31.. 2009. Skillet announced that their drummer."  Comatose (2006–08) Skillet's album Comatose was released on October 3. Skillet's most recent studio album is Awake. 2008. Citing P.With little time between touring and recording. John Cooper stated that "Hero" was not the album's lead single." "Those Nights. "Open Wounds".  Collide (2003–05) In 2003." "Comatose. a CD/DVD combo featuring live recordings of the band's May 9. On May 25. "Monster" was released as a single on July 14. she took the time to train Skillet's next drummer. Before the release of Alien Youth. They added two songs ("Hero" and "Monster") from the new record to their setlist on April 2.] All these things [. 2006. 2008 concert in Chattanooga.. 2009 in Evansville. 2008.] have been an influence on me. which was the first album that John Cooper took on production duties.. also with five acoustic tracks which purchasers could download by inserting the CD in their computer. The Comatose album was certified Gold in sales by the RIAA on November 3. as inspiration for the musical shift on Collide. Comatose Comes Alive was released. during the 2007 Christmas season. Collide was yet another musical shift for the band. 2009. Skillet's Comatose Comes Alive CD also had a B-side with "Live Free or Let Me Die" as a single. Cooper said. the Head of A&R of Lava Records. Skillet released Alien Youth on August 28. It was shown on the Gospel Music Channel on December 5. 2 on the Billboard top 200 selling around 68.O.000 units in its first week. radio edit of "Monster" that does not have the distorted growl as in the single and in the CD. Jen Ledger. feeling that "it's time for her to come off of the road and start a new chapter in her life. Haaland left the band.. was a major hit in the Christian market and drove Skillet into their first headlining shows. Lori Peters." "Whispers in the Dark. and Ben Kasica took over on guitar. It features the singles "Rebirthing.  Awake (2009–2011) Skillet announced that they went into the studio January 12 to finalize the new record with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson. 55 on the Billboard 200 and No. was retiring from the band. Indiana as part of their Comatose Tour 2009. 2001. with an added track. however. Collide was re-released under Lava Records. Contrary to popular belief. released as a single in March 2010. The first single. It was.D. 2004. Tennessee. 2007. 2009. However. along with the original. the title track. "Well I’m one of these song writers. The album contains twelve songs and was released on August 25. and in 2004 the rights to Collide were bought by Lava Records. a division of Atlantic Records. They also released a deluxe version with the extra songs "Dead Inside" and "Would It Matter". It charted at No. The album debuted at No. Collide was released by Ardent Records. In January 2008." "The Older I Get.
California. Collide. Awake was certified gold July 2."Monster" was featured on one of their popular podcasts. In the first week of April 2010. 2. contributing to the albums Alien Youth. 2010. It is also the opening theme song for the AHL team the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland. "Awake" was nominated for and won the "Top Christian Album" Award at the Billboard Music Awards 2011. Comatose. and Awake as well as the live album Comatose Comes Alive. Kasica was with the band for 10 years. Skillet unveiled the album artwork for the album. but Salas confirmed he had left the band on April 9 via Twitter. as all three albums debuted at No. At a question and answer session before a concert. However. 2011.[unreliable source?] Skillet announced the release of Awake and Remixed EP in early March 2011. "Monster" was certified gold a day later. Skillet was nominated for six Dove Awards for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. Skillet released an iTunes sessions EP consisting of songs from Comatose and Awake. Ardent released The Early Years. hoping for a release in the fall. John Cooper says the idea was conceived when Korey Cooper and Ben Kasica remixed the song Monster for their popular podcast. John Cooper said that they would be recording a new record in January/February 2012. Skillet officially announced that long time lead guitarist Ben Kasica would be leaving the band. 2011. On November 12. and now tours full-time with Skillet. 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. "Monster" was aired at the beginning of several ACC football games on Raycom Sports during the 2009 season. He played what was planned to be his last concert with the band on March 20. Ohio and serves as the opening theme of the Fresno Monsters of Fresno. The remixes were mainly done by Korey Cooper and Ben Kasica. the band was then scheduled to headline the WinterJam Tour. On March 2. Raw 2010. In January 2012. Seth Morrison replaced Kasica as the lead guitarist. . On February 14.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. On April 16. The band announced that they had chosen solo artist Jonathan Salas as their new guitarist. and the song "Awake and Alive" was announced to be on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Soundtrack in May 2011. Kasica returned and continued touring until a new guitarist was trained. approximately in April.  New album (2011–present) On June 21. Skillet announced that they will not be touring for most of the summer so that they can record the new album. 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. The four-song EP was released on March 22. a collection of their songs from 1996 to 2001. They plan to enter the studio at the conclusion of the Winter Jam eastern tour. "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. and the song "Monster" was used in the episode "Jason: The PrettyBoy Bully" on MTV's Bully Beatdown. Also in 2010.
but the tour was postponed and ultimately canceled after a number of shows due to Flyleaf lead vocalist Lacey Mosley's vocal problems. This tour was called Comatose Tour 2009 (essentially a second branch of the 2008 Comatose Tour). Touring Skillet performing live on April 12. Then Skillet headlined their own Comatose Tour alongside Thousand Foot Krutch and traveled to approximately 30 cities. Decyfer Down. The Awake & Alive Tour encompassed 52 cities from October through January. Skillet had plans to coheadline the Justice & Mercy Tour with Flyleaf. In the middle of 2006. In 2008 they joined Teen Mania Ministries and toured with Acquire the Fire. and Seether on the first half of their tour in fall 2007. Skillet toured again from April 2009 through June 2009 with Decyfer Down and Disciple. and The Letter Black to promote Skillet's album Awake. Skillet began touring with Hawk Nelson. 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. When they returned. Skillet toured with Ron Luce and Teen Mania Ministries on their Acquire The Fire Tour across the United States and Canada in 2007. Anderson. Three Days Grace. In fall of 2009. due to her pregnancy with their second child. . 2008 at Anderson University. Skillet joined Breaking Benjamin. They then toured with Luce's Global Expeditions program on a summer missions trip with teenagers to Mexico. The tour started on March 28 and ran through May 11. 2008. Indiana. Korey Cooper took a break from performing.
In January 2010 they toured with Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown through the East Coast of the United States. On September 26. they were able to perform the following year. Skillet appeared at the 2009 Night of Joy Christian Rock festival at Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Skillet confirmed that they would be touring with Stone Sour and Theory of a Deadman in the Avalanche Tour.  The band had a small international tour in January and February 2011 visiting  Australia. Hawk Nelson. New Zealand's Parachute Music Festival. They also announced on their live chat with fans on December 5. FL. and Japan. In October the band will be coheadlining the "Monsters of Annihilation Tour" with Papa Roach. Disciple. Virginia. and others. Skillet appeared at Awakening Music Festival in Leesburg. Trapt and My Darkest Days will be supporting acts. House of Heroes joined them on the tour as the opening act. alongside Jeremy Camp. run by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. 2009 that they would be touring with TobyMac in March and April 2010. In January 2011.Skillet performing live on July 1. This was later expanded upon as the "Awake Tonight Tour" named after both artists' new albums. However. . Decyfer Down. Kutless. Skillet played at Creation Festival East and John Cooper called it the best show of Skillet's career. This marked the band's first absence from Universal Studios Orlando's Rock the Universe in five years due to conflicting schedules. and hosted by Franklin Graham. They toured again with TobyMac in November and December as the 2010 version of the Winter Wonder Slam tour. 2010 at Cornerstone Festival (Illinois). Other supporting acts include Halestorm and Art of Dying. Those tours were Rock the River: Midwest in the summer of 2009 and Rock the River: West in the summer of 2010. In April it was also announced that the band would be touring with Creed and Theft in August and September 2010. On July 4. 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. 2009. in 2010. The tour began at the end of March 2011 and concluded on May 8 in Jacksonville. In April and May the band continued on a second branch of their Awake and Alive tour with The Letter Black and Red.
bass. percussion (2008–present) Seth Morrison – lead guitar (2011–present) Kevin Haaland – lead guitar (1999–2001) Ben Kasica – lead guitar (2001–2011. keyboards. and Manafest. vocals (2002–2003) • Chris Marvin – rhythm guitar. We As Human. Skillet are headlining the 2012 Winter Jam tour for the central and eastern parts of the United States. rhythm guitar. backing vocals (2002–2003. Announced in October 2011. the band continued their Awake and Alive tour with Disciple. 2005–2006) • Andrea Winchell – keyboards (2005–2006) • Jonathan Chu – violin (2008–present) • Tate Olsen – cello (2008–present)  Timeline . acoustic guitar (1996–present) • Korey Cooper – vocals.In October 2011. backing vocals. backing vocals. drums.  Band members Current • John Cooper – lead vocals. backing vocals (1996–2000) Lori Peters – drums (2000–2007) Jonathan Salas – lead guitar (2011) Ken Steorts – lead guitar (1996–1999) Former • • • • • • Touring • Billy Dawson – rhythm guitar (2000) • Faith Stern – keyboards. synthesizer (1999– present) • • Jen Ledger – vocals. 2011) Trey McClurkin – drums.
. compilation albums and videos may be found at the full discography article. Discography Main article: Skillet discography • Skillet (1996) • Hey You. I Love Your Soul (1998) • Invincible (2000) • Ardent Worship (2000) • Alien Youth (2001) • Collide (2003) • Comatose (2006) • Awake (2009) This is a list of major releases only. Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Comatose GMA Dove Awards • 2008 Rock Recorded Song of the Year: "Comatose" at the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 23. Additional releases including EPs. singles. Best Rock Gospel Album: Collide • 2007 nominee. 2008.  Awards and recognition Grammy Award nominations • 2005 nominee. live albums.
before disbanding. Contents [hide] • • • 1 Career o 1. He has been the lead singer and bassist of the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Skillet since 1996. titled Silence E.1 Seraph o 1. is an American musician. "Silence". The band released a four-song demo. Both had met while touring for previous bands.  Other compilations . "Wild Honey". and "Fading Love".2 Skillet o 1. so John and Ken's pastor encouraged them to form their own band as a side-project.3 Other compilations 2 Personal life 3 References  Career Cooper has used Ibanez and switched to GMP after Ben Kasica joined the band.. Starting with Comatose he began using Traben Phoenix bass guitars. they decided to name the experiment Skillet. Ken Steorts left the band in 1999 and Trey McClurkin left the band in 2000 leaving John as the only founding member of the band and primary songwriter. Coming from different styles of rock music. The track listing was "Alone". The bands disbanded soon after. Cooper. John as vocalist for the Tennessee progressive rock band Seraph and Ken Steorts guitarist for Urgent Cry.  Skillet John formed Skillet in 1996 with Ken Steorts.Billboard Music Awards • 2011 Top Christian Album: "Awake" John Landrum Cooper (born April 7.P.  Seraph Cooper was briefly in experimental rock group Seraph. 1975). Soon afterwards Trey McClurkin joined the band as a temporary drummer. professionally credited as John L. Skillet was only together for a month when they received interest from major Christian record label ForeFront Records and were signed soon afterwards.
"You couldn't wear black. YLO Interview) Cooper is married to Korey Cooper. John was the co writer of the Decyfer Down single "Best I Can." He also sang on tobyMac's album Tonight on the title track. Everything was so lifeless. He has also started to like Ted's Escondido in Oklahoma City and collects life-sized posters of Spider-Man and Batman. is "Doggy". I didn't know that I'd be 35 and still doing this." Cooper is a huge fan of Dr Pepper. His nickname." and God's like "I don't care. According to a review. but I hate the idea of living for you.John provided vocals for !Hero: The Rock Opera. and can often be seen drinking it in numerous Skillet podcasts. and guitarist for Skillet.  Personal life John Cooper has stated on numerous occasions that he was born and raised in a very religious family and atmosphere. you couldn't do this and you couldn't do that. instead of the traditional jewelry bands. During a 2010 Creation Festival YLO Interview. "Any band with spandex and really big hair was my band. I like the idea of living for Jesus. and I was like "Really? But we made a decision NOT to do it. and Xavier (born in 2005). because we were really against that. He said that when he goes to the beach he wears his tennis shoes because he doesn't like having sand and dirt on his feet. just showing that God can change our minds.'This isn't what the Bible says. John revealed that "early on.' Ya know?" (Creation Festival 2010. Stryper all the way!" He often expresses his liking for mullets and 80's power ballads. saying "every good metal band has to have a power ballad". This happens so often that former Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica referred to him as a professional soda connoisseur in one podcast. you couldn't have long hair. I know I'd read the Bible and be like. right? So then God starts speaking to me about kids. We were not going to do it." So. An interest of John's that is often talked about during touring is his love for 80's music. we decided we would never have kids on the road. . They have two children: Alexandria (born in 2002). often mentioned in Skillet podcasts.. In 2008 he stated humorously. he only provided vocals for the Rabbi Kai on the soundtrack.. anything with guitars. In one podcast he made a comment that his pet peeves are bare feet and getting wet. These interests are a common joke on tour between the fans and band members.that's how that happened! It was a big shock. Both have tattooed wedding rings on their fingers. the keyboardist. And then God spoke to us later. He hates looking at people's feet and getting into pools.. Cooper did not tour with the rock opera.. you couldn't listen to anything with drums. but then again we didn't know that Skillet would be going this long.
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