Owens at the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield, MA. 2009
|Birth name||Craig Michael Owens|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, Pop punk|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Associated acts||Chiodos, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, Cinematic Sunrise, Isles & Glaciers, The Sound of Animals Fighting|
Craig Michael Owens is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist of Chiodos. He has also had an involvement in various side projects such as Cinematic Sunrise and the supergroups Isles & Glaciers and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. A founding member of all four bands, Owens is as of August 2012 active with Chiodos, following a separation from the band from 2009 to early 2012. He has also recorded as a solo artist and appeared in the 2012 film K-11.
Davison, Michigan, Owens joined in 2001 with Bradley Bell, Pat McManaman, Jason Hale, Matt Goddard and Derrick Frost to form a band. Originally named "Chiodos Bros." in tribute to special effects trio The Chiodo Brothers, the band recorded its first demo in June 2002. Following several years of national touring and independent recording, they were signed by Equal Vision Records in 2004 and, under the name Chiodos, released their first full-length album, All's Well That Ends Well in 2005. They continued thereafter, recording and touring.
While Chiodos and Cinematic Sunrise (see below) were recording and touring, Owens was struggling with personal issues. On July 24, 2008, four days after an overdose on Xanax in his Michigan home, he revealed in his Myspace blog that he had been suffering from bipolar disorder and anxiety attacks for years. He also announced that he took no lasting harm from the attempted overdose and would not be canceling any of his appearances with Chiodos.
Even after his separation from his first band, Owens continued to have an interest in working with them and, after being asked by his management about what project he most wanted to pursue, he made overtures about a possible return to Chiodos. On April 26, 2012, Owens announced his return to Chiodos. Subsequently, on April 27, the remaining members of D.R.U.G.S. revealed their intention to disband. Chiodos' first live appearance after their reunion took place on August 9, 2012 in a sold-out performance at Flint Local 432 in Michigan. As of that date, the members had tentative plans for a new album, on which they have been working separately but not yet begun to coordinate.
During this work with Chiodos, Owens and Bell formed the side project Cinematic Sunrise as a place to perform music that didn't fit Chiodos' style. When the band signed with Equal Vision, in March 2008, its line-up had included Owens, Bell, Bryan Beeler, Marcus Vankirk and Dave Shapiro. Cinematic Sunrise released an EP later that Spring, A Coloring Storybook and Long Playing Record.
Isles & Glaciers
In September 2008, Owens revealed to fans on his journal that in addition to several guest vocalist appearances, he was working on another side project with Jonny Craig of Emarosa/Dance Gavin Dance, Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil and Nick Martin of Cinematic Sunrise. When the Isles & Glaciers supergroup was officially announced in December, it also included Owens' bandmate Matt Goddard, Fuentes' brother and bandmate Mike Fuentes and Brian Southall from the band TREOS.
Asked in March 2012 if Isles & Glaciers would consider further collaboration, Owens indicated that the possibility had been discussed among various members of the group but not established; "we've tossed the idea around to see if we could put it back together, but that was just to see if we could do anything...there's no set plans right now."
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
On September 15, 2009, Owens released a solo EP entitled "Με την αγάπη (With Love)" through Equal Vision Records. Nine days later, on September 24, 2009, Chiodos announced that they had parted ways with Craig Owens, announcing that the decision to "let Craig Owens go as the singer of Chiodos...was a necessary one", but refusing to disclose details "[o]ut of respect for all of the hard work that we have put in together for all of these years". For the next several months, Owens maintained a low profile, taking personal time and writing songs.
In June 2010, at the time he discussed his upcoming project with Alternative Press, he had written or co-written 30 songs for a not-yet-completed supergroup signed to Decaydance featuring Nick Martin of Cinematic Sunrise and Aaron Stern of Matchbook Romance. On 17 August, Owens announced via Twitter that the new band would be named D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows). On February 21, 2011, with the completed band lineup including Matt Good of From First to Last and Adam Russell of Story of the Year and production by John Feldmann, D.R.U.G.S. released their eponymous debut. The album reached #29 on The Billboard 200 and higher on some of Billboard's specialized lists, including hitting #6 on "Top Rock Albums", #5 on "Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums" and #1 on "Top Hard Rock Albums." D.R.U.G.S. coheadlined the 2011 Alternative Press Tour.
On 16 November 2013 Craig Owens performed Miles Away (Owens covered Kellin Quinn's verses) with Memphis May Fire at Vans Warped Tour UK.
|2012||Punk Goes Pop 5
|2011||"Bibles and Badges"||Non-album single|
|2006||"Un'aria" (The Sound of Animals Fighting featuring Craig Owens)||Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...|
|"Horses In The Sky" (The Sound of Animals Fighting featuring Craig Owens)|
|"Un'aria Ancora" (The Sound of Animals Fighting featuring Craig Owens)|
|2007||"You Can't Spell Crap Without 'C'" (The Devil Wears Prada featuring Craig Owens)||Plagues|
|2008||"Bitter Sweet Symphony"
(Ace Enders featuring Mark Hoppus, Aaron Marsh, Craig Owens, Alex Gaskarth,
Bryce Avary, Kenny Vasoli, Matt Thiessen, and Duane Okun)
|2009||"The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions"
(In Fear and Faith featuring Craig Owens)
|Your World on Fire|
|"Same Thing We Do Everyday Pinky" (Broadway featuring Craig Owens)||Kingdoms|
|"Fallen Angel" (MxPx featuring Craig Owens and Stephen Egerton)||On the Cover II|
|2011||"The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions"
(In Fear and Faith featuring Craig Owens)
|"Everything" (Jon Connor featuring Craig Owens and Josh Holleman)||While You Were Sleeping|
|2012||"Standing In The Sun" (Jon Connor featuring Craig Owens and Lia Mack)||Season 2|
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