The Last Goodnight

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The Last Goodnight
Also known as Renata (1995–2006)
Origin Enfield, Connecticut, USA
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Years active 1995–2010
Labels EMI/Virgin
Members Leif Christensen (Bass guitar, vocals)
Kurtis John Henneberry (Vocals, piano)
Mike Nadeau (Guitar)
Ely Rise (Keyboards)
Anton Yurack (Guitar, vocals)
Max Hattem (Sitar)
Larone "Skeeter" McMillan (Drums, percussion)
Past members John Oleary (1995 – 2006)

The Last Goodnight (previously known as Renata) was an alternative rock/pop band from Enfield, Connecticut, USA. Their major label debut, Poison Kiss, was released on 28 August 2007. The first single from the album, "Pictures of You", became a pop radio hit in the summer of 2007.



The members of Renata had all attended Enfield High School in Enfield, Connecticut, USA.[1]

They had recorded and self-published two albums before Jeff Blue spotted them in 2004 playing a show at the Whisky a Go Go, in Los Angeles.[2] Blue, a vice-president of A&R from Warner Brothers, had a reputation for discovering newcomers such as Macy Gray and Linkin Park, and signing major acts such as Korn and Limp Bizkit. A meeting between him and the band initiated a two-year period of song writing, traveling back and forth between Connecticut and Blue's Hollywood office. In late 2006 the band was signed to Virgin Records and subsequently changed name to The Last Goodnight.

The Last Goodnight[edit]

In July 2007, the band started a nine week tour around 36 locations in the US in order to promote the release of their new album, Poison Kiss. Touring with them were Rocco DeLuca and the Burden. In the fall the band joined Elliott Yamin and fellow opening act Josh Hoge on Yamin's tour of 31 cities, mostly in the US but with two in Canada. This tour began on 5 October 2007 in Chicago and ended on 26 November in Washington DC.

The song Pictures of You was released from the 2007 album and has been featured in several situations:

Two further tracks from the album became singles - Stay Beautiful and This Is The Sound, whilst In Your Arms was added to Australian radio playlists.[citation needed] The band turned its focus to making a new record[citation needed] but after a short tour in 2008 and no additional success charting in the US, they were dropped by Virgin.[citation needed]

The members turned mostly to careers outside the music industry,[citation needed] although in 2011 Kurtis John (Henneberry) began performing new songs in a solo capacity.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

as The Last Goodnight
as Renata
  • She Walked with Kings (2002)
  • The Other Side of Earth (2004)


Year Title Chart positions Album
2007 "Pictures of You" 3 24 32 25 7 15 1 15 76 55 70 22 Poison Kiss
2008 "Stay Beautiful" 42
"In Your Arms"



  • "Best Male Vocalist" - Hartford Advocate Reader's Poll[3]
  • "Best Pop Rock Band" - Hartford Advocate Reader's Poll


  • "Best Male Vocalist" - Hartford Advocate Reader's Poll
  • "Best Pop Rock Band" - Hartford Advocate Reader's Poll


  • "Best Original Rock Band" - Hartford Advocate Reader's Poll

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Last Goodnight - Bio". 
  2. ^ "Band adapts sound, moves from indie scene to major label". Daily Bruin. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  3. ^ "CD Baby: Renata: The Other Side of Earth". CD Baby. Retrieved 2007-07-15.