Sent by Ravens

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Sent by Ravens
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Background information
Origin Hartsville, South Carolina
Genres Christian rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore,
Years active 2006-2012 (on hiatus)
Labels Tooth & Nail
Website Sent by Ravens on Facebook
Members Zach Riner
Andy O'Neal
James "JJ" Leonard, Jr.
Jon Arena
Dane Andersen
Past members Jamie Windham
Aaron Moses
Andy Warren

Sent by Ravens is a Christian post-hardcore band from Hartsville, South Carolina. Their debut EP was released in 2007, and they have since released a following EP and two full-length albums. They take their name from 1 Kings 17:6, a verse which references Elijah receiving bread and meat from ravens while in the wilderness. [1]

History[edit]

Sent by Ravens was formed in January 2006 by Jamie Windham (bass), Andy O'Neal (guitar) and Zach Riner (vocals). In August 2007, while searching for a drummer, Windham found Dane Andersen through a video he posted of himself playing on YouTube. Andersen in turn recommended his friend James "JJ" Leonard, Jr. as a second guitarist.[2]

The group released two EPs in 2007 and 2008 independently.[3] In August 2009, the band signed to Tooth & Nail Records, on which they released their debut studio album Our Graceful Words in April 2010.[4][5][6][7][8] The album charted at No. 35 on Billboard Top Heatseekers.[9][10] In support of the new album Sent by Ravens toured with artists like Papa Roach, Nonpoint, and Emery.

On February 28, 2012, the band released their second studio album, Mean What You Say.

Since their hiatus began in August 1, 2012, several members of the band have joined/formed other bands.[citation needed] In October 2012, Riner and Leonard announced that they had formed a punk rock band called Bad Talk, which they would be pursuing full time. They have recorded two demos which can be found on the band's Facebook page.[11] In December 2012, "We're All Liars" was named the No. 1 Song of 2012 on TVU's Ten Most Wanted Countdown.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Zach Riner — vocals
  • Andy O'Neal — lead guitar
  • James "JJ" Leonard Jr. — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Jon Arena — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Dane Andersen — drums

Former members[edit]

  • Jamie Windham — bass guitar
  • Aaron Moses — drums
  • Derick Ward — drums

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Release Date Title
March 12, 2007 Sent by Ravens EP
July 6, 2008 The Effects of Fashion and Prayer EP

Studio Albums[edit]

Release Date Title Label Peak Chart Positions
US US Rock US Christ. US Hard Rock US Heat.
April 20, 2010 Our Graceful Words Tooth & Nail Records 35
February 28, 2012 Mean What You Say 179 41 10 13

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Position Album
Christian Rock Christian CHR
2009 "Trailers vs. Tornado" The Effects of Fashion and Prayer EP
2010 "New Fire" 1 Our Graceful Words
"An Honest Heart"
"Trailers vs. Tornadoes" 2
"Beautiful List" 2
"Salt and the Light" 20
2012 "We're All Liars" Mean What You Say
"Mean What You Say"
"Learn From The Night" 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthews, Kent (12 August 2010). "Music: Sent by Ravens to do God's work". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Cummings, Tony (March 2012). "Sent By Ravens: The post-hardcore band guarding the words they speak". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Review, Jesus Freak Hideout, July 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Sent by Ravens Post Video for "Trailer Vs. Tornado". Alternative Press, August 14, 2009.
  5. ^ Review, Indie Vision Music. April 15, 2010
  6. ^ Review, Absolutepunk.net, April 19, 2010.
  7. ^ Review, Decoy Music. May 6, 2010
  8. ^ Review, Christian Music Zine. April 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Sent By Ravens chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  10. ^ News Collection Week of 4-18-10. HM Magazine, 4/18/2010.
  11. ^ http://www.indievisionmusic.com/2012/10/08/bad-talk-ex-sent-by-ravens-post-demos/

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