Ashes Remain

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Ashes Remain
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Background information
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
GenresChristian rock, post-grunge, alternative rock
Years active2001 (2001)–present
LabelsFair Trade Services, BEC
  • Josh Smith
  • Ryan Nalepa
  • Ben Kirk
  • Rob Tahan
  • Jon Hively
Past membersBen Ogden

Ashes Remain is an American Christian rock band, formed in 2001 and based in Baltimore, Maryland. The band was founded by Josh Smith and Ryan Nalepa. While they released two albums in their first six years, the band is popularly known for its third album, What I've Become, which was released in 2011. They have released four albums, Lose the Alibis (2003), Last Day Breathing (2007), What I've Become (2011), and Let the Light In (2017), two EPs, Red Devotion (2009) and Christmas EP (2012) and two non-album singles, "Separated" (2004) and "Here For a Reason" (2014).


Ashes Remain is from Baltimore, Maryland,[1] where Josh Smith of Florida[1] and Ryan Nalepa met at River Valley Ranch, a summer youth camp during worship services.[2] They prayed about forming a band, which they did when the opportunity arose for Smith to become worship leader at a church.[2] This church was just minutes from Nalepa's home, so this facilitated the band's creation.[2] The other members of the band, which comprised Rob Tahan, Jonathan Hively and Ben Kirk, were not added until some years later.[2] In the summer of 2003, Ashes Remain released their first independent record, Lose the Alibis. According to the band, the album moved around 2,000 copies in one year.[3]

On August 2, 2003, the band announced on their official website that they competed and won the "Philadelphia Regional Christian Artist Talent Search 2003". Later on, they went to Charlotte, NC for the next round of competition on September 24, 2003.

On February 17, 2004, Ashes Remain stated on their website that they will be interviewed on February 29, on Baltimore's 98 Rock. On March 13, 2004, they stated on their website that their live DVD had gone into post production, and they had already started working on their second album.

On September 4, 2004, bass guitar player Ben Ogden left the group, and hand-picked Jon Hively as the band's new bassist before leaving. Lose the Alibis was followed by Last Day Breathing on March 13, 2007 and the Red Devotion EP on July 22, 2009. In early 2010, Ashes Remain signed with Fair Trade Services. Ashes Remain has been together for ten years as of 2011.[1] Their album What I've Become was made "from the perspective of feeling like there's no hope but finding out that there really is."[2] The band feels that the "journey from dark to light isn't overnight and sometimes has to be traveled many times, but it's a journey the band is familiar with and feels called to travel with its fans."[2] They have widespread appeal and their songs are played on CCM and Christian Rock and Rap stations around the country. Ashes Remain toured with Fireflight on the Stay Close Tour in early 2012.[4]

On November 14, the band announced their release of their Christmas EP on Facebook, which was released on November 20. They announced that the song off of the album "Gift Of Love" will be the band's new single and was available for free download on December 12.[5]

"All of Me", was released on August 15, 2017.[6]

Let the Light In was released through BEC Recordings on October 27, 2017.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album/EP Peak chart positions
2003 Lose the Alibis
2007 Last Day Breathing
  • Released: March 13, 2007
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, Digital download
2011 What I've Become 25[7] 18[7]
2017 Let the Light In
  • Released: October 27, 2017
  • Label: BEC Recordings
  • Format: CD, Digital download
36[8] 11[9]

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album/EP Peak chart positions
2009 Red Devotion (EP)
  • Released: January 1, 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, Digital download
2012 Christmas EP


Year Title Chart peaks Album
US Christian Songs US Christian AC US Christian CHR US Christian Rock UK Christian Songs[10]
2004 "Broken Pieces" Lose the Alibis
2011 "Come Alive" 2 What I've Become
"Everything Good" 17[11] 16[12] 21[13]
2012 "End of Me" 14 2[14]
"On My Own" 33[11] 7[15] 6
"Keep Me Breathing" 16 1[16]
"Change My Life" 40[11] 22
"Unbroken" 8
2014 "Here for a Reason" 20[11] non-album single
"Without You" 34 What I've Become
2017 "All of Me" 46[17] Let the Light In
"On Fire" 29 4
2018 "All I Need"[citation needed] 50 37 10
"Captain" 18

Music videos[edit]

  • "Save Me" (from Red Devotion)
  • "End of Me" (from What I've Become)
  • "Unbroken" (from What I've Become)



  • Josh Smith – lead vocals (2001–present)
  • Ryan Nalepa – rhythm guitar (2001–present)
  • Ben Kirk – drums, percussion (2001–present)
  • Rob Tahan – lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Jon Hively – bass guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)


  • Ben Ogden – bass guitar (2001–2004)


  1. ^ a b c Cummings, Tony (November 23, 2011). "Ashes Remain: The band from Baltimore with a message of hope for troubled times". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Kent (January 12, 2012). "Music: Ashes Remain journeys from loss to hope". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ashes Remain". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Vaughan, Patty (March 30, 2012). "Christian tour comes to Greenville". The Greenville Advocate. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ashes Remain - We have teamed up with our friends at Air 1". Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ashes Remain - Posts". Facebook. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Billboard (2011). "What I've Become - Ashes Remain Album Charts". AllMusic. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Ashes Remain Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ashes Remain Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Cross Rhythms weekly Christian music chart
  11. ^ a b c d "Ashes Remain - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Billboard (December 17, 2011). "Christian AC songs". Academic OneFile. 123 (46): 128.
  13. ^ Billboard (October 15, 2011). "Christian CHR TM". Academic OneFile. 123 (37): 60.
  14. ^ Cross Rhythms (January 15, 2012). "Cross Rhythms Top Ten: Week beginning 15 January 2012". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Billboard (April 28, 2012). "Christian CHR TM". Academic OneFile. 124 (14): 48.
  16. ^ Cross Rhythms (April 1, 2012). "Cross Rhythms Top Ten: Week beginning 1 April 2012". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "Ashes Remain Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

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