|Born||May 28, 1978|
|Origin||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Genres||Rock, acoustic rock, post grunge|
|Occupation(s)||Lead singer, songwriter, guitarist|
Todd Whitener is an American musician best known from his time with the bands Days of the New and Tantric. He is currently on his own solo project, entitled Whitener. He has released one album and one extended play since 2012.
Whitener began playing guitar in 1992, when he bought a 'Dixon' guitar for 70 dollars. From the year 1992 until 1995, he played in various local bands. In 1995, he joined a band formed by members Jesse Vest, Travis Meeks and Matt Taul. The band's name at the time was called Dead Reckoning. Upon Whitener joining the band, the band name was changed to Days of the New.
Days of the New
By the year 1996, the band had signed a recording contract and released their self-titled album the following year. The album went platinum and they got to open for Metallica. Despite the quick rise to fame, Whitener along with the other original members of the band were fired by Meeks.
In 2014 Whitener, and the other original Days of the New band members Jesse, Matt and Travis reunited for their 'Full Circle' Tour. They are set to be releasing an EP later in the Fall.
After the dismissal from Days of the New, Whitener and the other two members would form the band C-14 along with their new lead singer, Hugo Ferreira. The band quickly changed their name to Tantric. Their self-titled debut went platinum and the band made a few appearances on a few late night shows. In 2004, the band released their second album, After We Go.
The album did not have the same success as their debut album. The band quickly began disintegrating, first having bassist Jesse Vest leave the band in 2005 while later having drummer Matt Taul be arrested on drug charges in 2007. Whitener walked away from the band, frustrated with the lack of support and recognition for the band to succeed.
Since his departure, Whitener embarked on a solo career. In 2008, he gave classes at Mom's Music in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Whitener also played guitar in local shows. He joined Bruce LaFrance to form a band called Interchange for which they released a few songs which were never released for purchase.
In 2013, Whitener released his first solo record, an E.P called Seeds of Positivity under his last name, Whitener. In 2014, Whitener released his first full album, entitled Connectivity. Both albums were released digitally.
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