|Years active||1996–2004, 2010–present|
Smalltown Poets is a Christian rock band formed in 1996. It was formed in Tifton, Georgia by high school friends Michael Johnston (guitars/vocals), Danny Stephens (keyboards), and Byron Goggin (drums), along with (then) Nashville musicians Kevin Breuner (guitar), and Miguel DeJesus (bass).
The band started under the name Villanelle.
Smalltown Poets achieved recognition with their eponymous first album, released on Ardent Records in 1997. This release earned the band the first of its two Grammy nominations (Best Gospel Rock Album) and numerous Dove Award nominations. Despite line-up changes, the band stayed active for more than ten years, releasing three albums on Ardent Records and one on BEC Recordings.
Smalltown Poets went on hiatus several months after their fourth studio album called It's Later Than It's Ever Been, but regrouped in the fall of 2010 to begin production on a Christmas album due out in 2011 (co-produced and mixed by former Smalltown Poets drummer Matt Goldman). In anticipation of that full-length release, the band released a Christmas single in December 2010 titled "In the Bleak Midwinter."
The full-length project, Smalltown Poets Christmas, was released on Nov. 1st, 2011, on the band's own Friendly City Records label and is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and other online media outlets.
In 2012, the Smalltown Poets' original band line-up released a digital EP, "Under the New Sun". The new release can be downloaded via a link on their Facebook page, or at CDBaby, Amazon.com, and iTunes.
Smalltown Poets members
- Michael Johnston - vocals, guitars
- Danny Stephens - keyboards
- Byron Goggin - drums
- Kevin Breuner - guitars
- Miguel DeJesús - bass guitar
- Smalltown Poets (1997)
- Listen Closely (1998)
- Third Verse (2000)
- It's Later Than It's Ever Been (2004)
- In the Bleak Midwinter (single) (2010)
- Smalltown Poets Christmas (2011)
- Under the New Sun (EP) (2012)
- Surfonic Water Revival (1998)