Eli Young Band

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Eli Young Band
Mike Eli from The Eli Young Band.jpg
Mike Eli
Background information
Origin Denton, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 2000–present[1]
Labels Carnival, Universal South, Republic Nashville
Associated acts Frank Liddell, Will Hoge, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, The Cadillac Three
Website www.eliyoungband.com
Members Mike Eli
James Young
Jon Jones
Chris Thompson

Eli Young Band is an American country music band composed of members who met while students at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas: Mike Eli (vocals, guitar), James Young (guitar), Jon Jones (bass guitar), and Chris Thompson (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 2002, followed by the Carnival records release Level in 2005. Their third album, Jet Black & Jealous, was released in 2008 by Universal South Records. A second major-label album, Life at Best, was released in 2011 by Republic Nashville, with 10,000 Towns following in early 2014. The band has charted eight times on the Billboard country charts, with three of their singles having reached number 1: "Crazy Girl", which was the top country song of 2011 according to Billboard Year-End, along with "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" and "Drunk Last Night".

Biography[edit]

Mike Eli and James Young met at the University of North Texas where they became dorm roommates their freshman year. They played guitar and eventually began writing and singing songs together; they formed the acoustic duo, Eli & Young, while attending the University of North Texas.[1] Chris Thompson and Jon Jones joined them later on and they became the Eli Young Band.[2]


They released their first album in 2002, the self-titled Eli Young Band. In 2005, they released Level on Carnival Records and opened shows for Miranda Lambert.[2] National exposure on CMT and GAC helped them begin to build a following well outside of their touring base. They sold as many as 2,000 tickets a night in multiple markets. In late 2006 they released the live album Eli Young Band Live At the Jolly Fox. Early in 2007, they signed a management deal with George Couri. Their plans included a rigorous tour schedule and key opening spots with Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, and Jack Ingram.

Jet Black & Jealous[edit]

While touring, they were also making songwriting a top priority and made time for writing trips and retreats at the Young family ranch. Energized with new songs, they were ready to begin working on a new album in late 2007. Working with producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke (who have also produced for Lambert), they took time off from touring to record at Omni Studios in Nashville. Their third album, Jet Black & Jealous, was released in 2008. Its lead-off single, "When It Rains", spent 37 weeks on the country charts and peaked at No. 34.[3] A second chart single, "Always the Love Songs" (co-written by David Lee Murphy and George Ducas), peaked at number 11 on Billboard. After it came "Radio Waves" and "Guinevere".

Life at Best[edit]

In 2011, the Eli Young Band moved to Republic Nashville and released their fifth overall single, "Crazy Girl" as the lead single off Life at Best. It became the band's first platinum-selling digital single,[4] as well as their first No. 1 single, and also was the number 1 song on that year's Billboard Year-End charts.

The band received three nominations for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards: Song of the Year, Top Vocal Group of the Year, and Single Record of the Year. On April 1, 2012 the band won the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year.[5]

In July 2012, the band released its second single from the album, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", which was originally recorded by co-writer Will Hoge. Their version of the song reached the No. 1 spot as well. "Even It If Breaks Your Heart" is certified platinum by the RIAA. In the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the band was nominated for Best Duo/Group Performance for "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" was nominated for Best Country Song.[6] The band is nominated in the 48th ACM Awards for Vocal Group of the Year and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" is nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year.[7] "Say Goodnight" was the third and final single, peaking at number 22.

10,000 Towns[edit]

"Drunk Last Night", the first single from Eli Young Band's fifth studio album, 10,000 Towns, was released to country radio on July 1, 2013. On August 16, 2013, the band announced they would be headlining a "Drunk Last Night" Fall/Winter Tour. On September 10, 2013, they were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in the CMA Awards.[8] "Drunk Last Night" hit number 1 on the Country Airplay chart in December 2013. On January 7, 2014, Eli Young Band announced the release date, the album cover, and the tracklisting for 10,000 Towns, which was released on March 4, 2014.[9] The album debuted #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart.[10] The album's second single, "Dust", was released to country radio on February 3, 2014. On April 2, 2014, Eli Young Band performed "Dust" on CONAN.[11] The band was also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in the 2014 ACM Awards.[citation needed]

Also in late 2013-early 2014, Mike Eli sang guest vocals on The Cadillac Three's debut single "The South".[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
Eli Young Band
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Carnival Records
  • Formats: CD
Level
  • Release date: April 5, 2005
  • Label: Carnival Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Jet Black & Jealous 5 30
Life at Best 3 6
10,000 Towns
  • Release date: March 4, 2014
  • Label: Republic Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
Crazy Girl
  • Release date: May 3, 2011
  • Label: Republic Nashville
  • Formats: music download
24 128

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live at the Jolly Fox
  • Release date: November 14, 2006
  • Label: Carnival Records
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country
[12]
US Country Airplay
[13]
US
[14]
CAN Country
[15]
CAN
[16]
2006 "So Close Now" Level
2007 "When It Rains" 34 Jet Black & Jealous
2008 "Always the Love Songs" 11 69
2009 "Radio Waves" 35
2010 "Guinevere" 45
2011 "Crazy Girl" 1 30 66 Life at Best
2012 "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" 1 29 56
"Say Goodnight" 31 22 110
2013 "Drunk Last Night" 3 1 41 2 51 10,000 Towns
2014 "Dust" 19 15 79 33
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2009 "Guinevere" 60 Jet Black & Jealous
2011 "Wonderful Christmastime" 33 The Country Christmas Collection
2014 "Just Add Moonlight" 47 10,000 Towns

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US Country Airplay
2013 "The South" (Mike Eli only) The Cadillac Three
(with Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley)
32 33 TBD

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2006 "When It Rains"
2008 "When It Rains" (version two) The Brads
2009 "Always the Love Songs" Eli Young Band
2010 "Guinevere" Brian Lazzaro
2011 "Crazy Girl"
"Crazy Girl" (live)[22] Mason Dixon
2012 "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"[23] Brian Lazzaro
"Say Goodnight"[24]
2013 "Drunk Last Night"[25]
2014 "Dust"[26] Peter Zavadil

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Vocal Duo or Group Nominated
2010 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
2011 American Country Awards Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2012 Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Top Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
Single Record of the Year Nominated
MusicRow Awards Breakthrough Artist Won[27]
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song Nominated
CMT Music Awards Group Video of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2012 Choice Country Song - "Crazy Girl" Nominated
Choice Country Group Nominated
Choice Music Breakout Group Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
American Country Awards Artist of the Year: Group Nominated
Single of the Year: Group - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Nominated
2013 55th Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Group Nominated
Single of the Year - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Top Vocal Group Nominated
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Group Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Who's New: Eli Young Band". Country Weekly 15 (14): 58. 2008-07-14. 
  2. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Eli Young Band biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Eli Young Band Billboard Country Songs Chart History", Billboard (magazine), New York City, 16 August 2008. Retrieved on 21 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Eli Young Band’s "Crazy Girl" Goes GOLD". Country Music Tattle Tale. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  5. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/eli-young-band-song-of-the-year-2012-acm-awards/
  6. ^ http://www.grammy.com/news/exploring-the-country-field-nominees
  7. ^ http://www.acmcountry.com/nominees.html
  8. ^ http://eliyoungband.com/home/709-eyb-nominated-for-vocal-group-of-the-year
  9. ^ http://eliyoungband.com/home/782-eyb-to-release-new-album-10000-towns-on-march-4
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/5937267/eli-young-band-scores-first-no-1-on-top-country-albums-chart
  11. ^ http://teamcoco.com/video/eli-young-band-04-02-14
  12. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Always the Love Songs". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  18. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Even If It Breaks Your Heart". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Drunk Last Night". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eli Young Band : Crazy Girl (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eli Young Band : Even if It Breaks Your Heart". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eli Young Band : Say Goodnight". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eli Young Band : Drunk Last Night". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eli Young Band : Dust". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  27. ^ http://www.musicrow.com/2012/06/bobby-karl-works-the-musicrow-awards-2/

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