Brett Hestla

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Brett Hestla
Born (1973-02-04) February 4, 1973 (age 46)
Alabama, United States
GenresHard rock, post-grunge, Alternative metal
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Bass
Associated actsCreed, Virgos Merlot, Dark New Day, A Dark Line

Brett Adam Hestla, (born February 4, 1973), is an American musician and record producer.

Music career[edit]

In the late 1990s Hestla's band Virgos Merlot was signed to Atlantic Records. After their first release, Signs of a Vacant Soul, he became the touring bassist for Creed after the departure of Brian Marshall.[1][2] When Creed disbanded in 2004[3] he began a career as a record producer, forming the independent label Silent Majority in Orlando, Florida and working with bands such as Framing Hanley,[4] Transmit Now, Faktion, Tantric,[5] Redfine, Refuse The Fall, Bad Axis, Iodine Sky, Calefactor and Seven Day Sonnet.

In 2005 Hestla became the lead vocalist of Dark New Day. Dark New Day released their first full length, Twelve Year Silence, in 2005.[6] Their single "Brother" reached No. 7 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts. After touring, Clint Lowery returned to Sevendust and Mclawhorn and Hunt joined Evanescence, Dark New Day disbanded. Hestla began the producing for new and up and coming bands. In 2014, he formed a band called A Dark Line. In 2015, they released their debut EP called Running From The Light, available for download only.


  1. ^ "Really Randoms". Rolling Stone. August 21, 2000. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  2. ^ "Creed's Rock of Ages: Band crosses God and grunge..." New York Daily News. August 30, 2000. Retrieved December 2, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Creed Man Goes Solo". Rolling Stone. September 22, 2005. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "Lil Wayne cover opens the door for Framing Hanley". Reuters. November 16, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  5. ^ "Tantric delivers 'Mind Control' at Machine Shop show". August 13, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  6. ^ "A Dark New Day dawns in Youngstown's Cellar". The Vindicator. June 16, 2005. Retrieved December 2, 2009.