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|Born||June 1, 1973|
|Genres||Rock, acoustic, classical, jazz-fusion, folk, country, fingerstyle, Christian Metal (early), Heavy Metal (early), Christian Rock|
|Labels||Solid State Records, Atlantic Records, Independent|
|Associated acts||Living Sacrifice, P.O.D.|
Jason Truby (born June 1, 1973) is an American musician. He began his career in 1989 with Living Sacrifice as lead guitarist. He was also a member of P.O.D., but has also performed with Phil Keaggy, David Beegle, Ashley Cleveland and her husband Kenny Greenberg, and was a guest performer with Phil Keaggy's band Glass Harp at the First Annual Denver Guitar Festival. His main influences in music include John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, U2, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Phil Keaggy, Wes Montgomery, Andrés Segovia, Bach, Pat Metheny, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, Stanley Jordan, Coldplay, and Radiohead.
Darren "D.J." Johnson (bass/vocals), Bruce Fitzhugh (guitar) and Lance Garvin (drums) formed Living Sacrifice, one of the first Christian death metal bands. Jason Truby joined in on guitar. They recorded a demo, Not Yielding to Ungodly, which got into the hands of Kurt Bachman and Joey Daub from Believer, who signed the band to R.E.X. Records.
In 1991, Living Sacrifice's self-titled debut was released on R.E.X. Records. The album received much comparison to thrash metal groups of the time, especially Slayer. In 1992, Living Sacrifice released their second album, Nonexistent. In this album, Living Sacrifice switched from thrash metal to down-tuned death metal. The members have said that they were disappointed with the experience of making this album and that the producer was to blame.
In 1994, the band released a third album, Inhabit, which is considered by some to be the heaviest of all Living Sacrifice albums. After this recording R.E.X. went bankrupt, and Living Sacrifice signed onto Solid State Records seeking to widen their audience.
After this, D.J. left the band and Bruce took over vocals. Jason's brother, Chris, also joined on bass. With this new lineup, Living Sacrifice recorded Reborn, their Solid State debut, in 1997. The band started to play a mix of groove metal and metalcore. Reborn is considered the most influential of all Living Sacrifice records and earned them a larger non-Christian fanbase.
However, after this record, Jason Truby left the band to spend more time with his family.
In 2003, P.O.D. needed a new guitarist after former band member Marcos Curiel parted with the band amidst controversy. Truby was available at the time to write and record the band's single, "Sleeping Awake" for The Matrix Reloaded Soundtrack album. He became a full-time member soon afterward.
The band released its first album with Truby (Payable on Death) in November 2003. It was the first time the band discarded its rap metal style, which in turn faced much controversy. Despite, it went on to sell just over one million records worldwide.
The second P.O.D. album with Truby, Testify, was produced by Glen Ballard and released in January 2006. Later that year, P.O.D. released its Greatest Hits album which would be Jason's last work with the band.
On December 30, 2006, in a statement made by the band's manager on their MySpace page, it was officially announced that Jason Truby had left the band. They said "God worked it out because Jason decided to leave the band the same day Marcos asked to rejoin."
Truby wrote the following letter to the "Warriors":
Jason Truby here. First of all I want to clarify any questions concerning my involvement with P.O.D. I am no longer a member of P.O.D. I want to thank all of you for your support and love over the past four years. It has been an honor getting the opportunity to spend time with you and sharing music with you. My decision to depart as a member is personal and came before Marcos was considered. I believe in P.O.D. and will be a part of P.O.D forever. They are life long friends. As for myself, I've been working on a project with my good friend Phil Keaggy who is helping me with a vocal album, and also linking-up with Lance Garvin on some tunes as well. None the less, Thanks to all of you for the chance to be a part of this rally for the greater cause. Sometimes you have to follow the wind even when you don't know where its leading. I pray the Most High will guide you in His unspeakable love. Good bye for now....
Jason Truby first solo album was String Theory (2004), an acoustic album. Truby released his second album, also instrumental, Waiting on the Wind on November 20, 2007. The album was recently released on iTunes. On July 26, 2008, Truby announced a third solo acoustic album, Finding the Quiet, released on November 25.
Truby completed his debut rock album, Entropy in 2010.
In 2011, he released an acoustic Christmas album entitled The Greatest Love.
Jason produced a compilation album in 2012 for a non-profit adoption and foster care organization called Project Zero. This album entitled "Grafted" featured Jason Truby, Stu G from Delirious?, Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D., Cheri Keaggy, Phil Keaggy, Steve Dean, Tiffany Thornton, Geoff Moore, Willet, The Roys (2010 bluegrass band of the year), Caitlin Evanson, Sean Michel.
In 2012, Jason released an acoustic driven vocal album called Our Time Here a fingerstyle album with songs featuring artist Phil Keaggy.
Jason's latest instrumental album is called Passages, released in 2013 and featuring Phil Keaggy. It is an acoustic expression inspired by scripture. This album, along with Jason's entire acoustic catalog, has been added to Guitar Genius Radio.
Jason is currently performing acoustic sets across the country as well as producing and doing session work.
Truby typically plays Gibson Les Paul Standands and SGs live and in the studio. However, in String Theory Truby recorded 24 instrumental tracks, using a total of 19 different acoustic guitars. His acoustic guitars include McKay, Vines, Taylor, Charis, and Guild.
With Living Sacrifice
- Living Sacrifice (1991)
- Nonexistent (1993)
- Inhabit (1995)
- Reborn (1997)
- In Memoriam (2005) (Greatest Hits)
- The Matrix Reloaded: The Album (2003)
- Payable on Death (2003)
- The Passion of the Christ: Songs (2004)
- The Warriors EP, Volume 2 (2005)
- Testify (2006)
- Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years (2006)
- String Theory (2005) - Instrumental
- Waiting on the Wind (2007) - Instrumental
- Finding the Quiet (2008) - Instrumental
- Entropy (2009)
- The Greatest Love (2011) - Christmas Album
- Our Time Here (2012)
- Passages (2013) - Instrumental
- Grafted (Project Zero) (2012)
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- "Living Sacrifice, 'Reborn' 2004 Re-release Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. January 27, 2004. Retrieved November 18, 2011.