Falling Up (band)

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Falling Up
The original six members of Falling Up (2004)
Background information
Origin Albany, Oregon, United States
Years active 2001–2016
Labels BEC
Website fallinguplives.com
Past members Jessy Ribordy
Jeremy Miller
Josh Shroy
Nick Lambert
Daniel Elder
Tom Cox
Michael "DJ Wax Wizard" Humphrey
Joseph Kisselburgh
Adam Taylor
Micah Sannan
Andrew "A-Dub" Wadlow

Falling Up was an American Christian rock band from Albany, Oregon. Falling Up formed in October 2001, and released their debut album called Crashings in 2004. Recommended by friends in the band Kutless, they were signed to BEC Recordings in 2003. The band's name is derived from the first song they wrote, which refers to their belief in human imperfection and to the grace of God which compensates for that imperfection; their lyrics are heavily grace-themed.

Through several line-up changes, the only members who appeared on every album were lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy, bassist Jeremy Miller, and drummer Josh Shroy.


Crashings and Dawn Escapes (2004–06)[edit]

Falling Up debuted on February 24, 2004, with their 12-track album, Crashings. Produced by Aaron Sprinkle. Crashings sold 3,396 units in its first week, which exceeded first-week sales by any other album in the history of BEC Recordings—incidentally, that record had been previously held by Kutless, who are friends of Falling Up from childhood. Crashings sold over 50,000 units by the end of 2004. Three songs from Crashings—"Broken Heart," "Escalates," and "Bittersweet"—all reached No. 1 on the Christian rock charts at R&R.

Their second album, Dawn Escapes, was released on October 25, 2005 through BEC Recordings. Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Chevelle, Cold), the album, though more melodic and hard rock-driven as a whole, did not majorly deviate from the sound of Crashings. Dawn Escapes pushed Falling Up's lifetime record sales to over 150,000 by the summer of 2006. Guitarist Tom Cox left the band shortly before the album's release, eventually going on to form his own band, Archers Rise, whose debut release was produced by Ribordy. He was replaced by guitarist Micah Sannan.[2]

Falling Up performing live in-concert

On September 12, 2006, Falling Up released Exit Lights, an album featuring remixes of the band's biggest hits and the new song "Islander." Solomon Olds of Family Force 5, Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevan, and Randy Torres of Project 86 fame were among the artists who worked with Falling Up for the project. Guitarist Joseph Kisselburgh left the band in May 2006 to focus on his solo project, The Send, which released its debut album on Tooth & Nail Records in July 2007.

Captiva and Fangs! (2007–09)[edit]

On the band's Myspace page, they announced the release date for their project, which was code-named "Abandoners." Later on, they announced the release name Captiva. The album was released on October 2, 2007. The first single from this album is "Hotel Aquarium," which can be heard on the band's PureVolume and Myspace page, or purchased on iTunes. The band later also posted their second single "Goodnight Gravity" on PureVolume, followed by "How They Made Cameras," "Maps," and "A Guide to Marine Life." They subsequently finished filming a music video for "Hotel Aquarium," which was featured in X 2008. After the release of Captiva, Guitarist Micah Sannan departed Falling Up and joined the Christian hard rock band Disciple.[3] The keyboardist Adam Taylor also departed in 2007, who then started managing the merchandise for Christian rock band Hawk Nelson.[4]

Falling Up's fourth studio album, entitled Fangs, was released March 24, 2009. According to their MySpace page, Fangs was to be their "heaviest album yet", something which was often disputed in the post-release period. It was also said that the album would be "more of an arrangement than just a record that is put together randomly", as well as that it "[would] not have 14 great songs in entirety, but just intriguing moments and sections." One of the song titles, "Lotus and Languorous" was released early.

According to BEC Recordings and Falling Up's Myspace, Falling Up headlined the Fangs! tour in late April early May 2009 with Tooth and Nail artist Ruth and Portland indie/rock artist Archeology. Unlike past tours, the venues were strictly secular clubs.

Side projects and hiatus (2009–10)[edit]

After the release of Fangs!, band members Jessy Ribordy and Josh Shroy started a side project under the name The River Empires, who created an album titled "Epilogue" with the help of The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo, as well as a handful of other musicians. Jessy Ribordy also began working on a solo project titled The Gloomcatcher, with its first album being titled Slow Chorale. The debut albums from both projects were released on April 6, 2010.

It was announced on January 20, 2010 by lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy that Falling Up was "taking a permanent break", and their final show was at the Parachute Music Festival on January 29.[5]

Independent reunion and Your Sparkling Death Cometh (2010–12)[edit]

On October 22, 2010, the band updated their MySpace page with information that new music is "in the works."[6] The website FallingUpLives.com was then launched. Jessy explained on the website that the reason for the breakup was due to the band members wanted to explore other musical endeavors and the fact the BEC did not support the band's ideas for future releases. Jessy also said that some months after the breakup; the band members did not feel comfortable about ending Falling Up so abruptly, so they decided to return making music independently.

On January 21, 2011, Falling Up's fundraiser for their new album had finished, and they received $13,665 which was above their goal of $10,000.[7] The new record began recording on February 9, 2011, and Falling Up's singer Jessy Ribordy said that the album will be released in June 2011. On March 18, 2011, the official website was updated with a logo displaying Your Sparkling Death Cometh, coming June 2011. Shortly after, the band confirmed on their Facebook page that this is the title for the upcoming album. One of the KickStarter rewards for funding Your Sparkling Death Cometh was an exclusive download of two of Falling Up's demo songs. The songs that were released were titled "Phantasm" and "Monster Blood," both of which were tracks cut from their "Captiva" album.

On May 25, 2011, Falling Up released their first single from their upcoming album, titled "Blue Ghost" on their ReverbNation page. On June 1, 2011, Falling Up released their second single from their upcoming album, titled "Diamnds" also on their ReverbNation page. The two singles were generally well-received, with "Diamnds" being in the Top 20 most requested songs on ChristianRock.net during its first week.[8] Although not officially released until June 28, Your Sparkling Death Cometh was reporting as arriving to those who had pre-ordered the album as early as June 23.[9] WhenYour Sparkling Death Cometh was released on June 28, 2011, the album generally received very favorable reviews from critics. It was cited as being exceptionally creative, with a strong focus on originality and composure. Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album five out of five possible stars,[10] as did New Release Tuesday.[11] CM Addict gave it a slightly lower score of 8.5/10, citing that a couple of tracks "are just so-so."[12]

The same day as Your Sparkling Death Cometh's release, Falling Up updated their website to fit with the theme of the album. A player was also added, allowing each track from Your Sparkling Death Cometh to be played in its entirety. Prior to the album's release, it was stated several times by the band members that this would likely be Falling Up's last project, but that it may be dependent on the reception of what was to be Your Sparkling Death Cometh. With the album's release, they added a biography section to their website which implied that they are hoping to continue Falling Up, even 10 years after its inception.[13]

Following the release of Your Sparkling Death Cometh, Falling Up played their first live show since the Fangs! tour three years prior at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon on January 7, 2012. The band was opened up for by both Ruth and Water & Bodies.[14]

Falling Up stated in early January 2012 that a remix EP was in the works, and they also said that they were hoping to have some new music released by the end of 2012.

On April 11, 2012, Falling Up released their first remix album since Exit Lights, titled Mnemos.

Mnemos contained seven tracks on its own, and there were also three bonus tracks added when the album reached 1,000 downloads. The tracks found on the album were not full remixes, but repetitions of hooks found in the various sections of their "Your Sparkling Death Cometh" album. At the time of Mnemos' release, Falling Up was only able to remix songs from that prior album, due to BEC holding the rights to their previous songs.

The Mnemos EP was released through Groupees along with a program called "Feed Them with Music," a charity which provides a meal for a needy family for every download. All of Falling Up's profits from the EP were donated to this program. Within the first 24 hours of the album's release there were over 1,500 downloads.

Machine De Ella, self-titled, and Reimagined (2012–2016)[edit]

Falling Up's next project was teased as The Machine De Ella project. The project was eventually revealed to consist of two albums, Hours and Midnight on Earthship, as well as an audio book, also titled Hours, written by Jessy Ribordy. The idea for the project came when the band realized that they had two different fanbases. Hours was recorded as a concept album based on the book within the project, and was more rock-driven. Midnight on Earthship was recorded with a sound and lyrics more along the lines of their Christian roots, with its songs being more faith-based.[15] Both of the albums and the book began their launch on October 9, 2012, and were progressively released over the course of three months.[16]

In August 2014, Falling Up initiated a Kickstarter fundraiser for their tenth full-length album that raised over $48,000, exceeding the $40,000 goal.[17] According to the band's website, this will be the group's final album.[18][better source needed]

An instrumental companion EP, House Full of Caverns, was released on June 30, 2015. The album was released on November 13, 2015.[19][20]

On June 10, 2016, an EP, Reimagined, was released on the band's Bandcamp page. It consists of two songs, "Broken Heart" and "Arafax Deep", rerecorded from their first album, Crashings'.


Final lineup

  • Jessy C. Ribordy – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, programming, electronics (2002–2015)
  • Jeremy Miller – bass, keyboards (2002–2015)
  • Josh Shroy – drums (2002–2015)
  • Nick Lambert – guitars (2012–2015)
  • Daniel Elder – lead guitar (2008–2015)


  • Tom Cox – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–2005)
  • Joseph A. Kisselburgh – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2002–2006)
  • Michael Humphrey (DJ Wax Wizard) – turntables, keyboards, synthesizers, programming, electronics (2003–2005)
  • Micah Sannan – lead guitar (2005–2007)
  • Adam Taylor – keyboards, synthesizers, programming, electronics (2005–2007)
  • Andrew "A-Dub" Wadlow – turntables, keyboards, synthesizers, programming, electronics (2002–2003)

Touring musicians

  • Daniel Huddleston – lead guitar (2007–2010)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Falling Up - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Falling Up". Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  3. ^ Air1 Staff - Ashton. "Air1 Blog Falling Up-date". Retrieved June 29, 2011. 2007- Micah Sannan departs. He's now in the band Disciple 
  4. ^ Air1 Staff - Ashton. "Air1 Blog Falling Up-date". Retrieved June 29, 2011. Adam Taylor also waved goodbye that year, too [2007].(He currently does merch for Hawk Nelson.) 
  5. ^ "Falling Up Announce a "Permanent Break"". Retrieved June 12, 2011. Earlier this morning, Falling Up decided to break the silence about their current state as a band and announce that the guys have decided to take a "permanent break" from Falling Up. 
  6. ^ "New Music van Falling Up op Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Falling Up's New Album! on Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. January 20, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ChristianRock.net Most Requested". Retrieved June 13, 2011. Falling Up - Diamnds - 18 
  9. ^ Falling Up. "Falling Up's Official Facebook Page". Retrieved June 24, 2011. Anybody get the new album in the mail today? Tell us what you think! 
  10. ^ NRT Team. "Your Sparkling Death Cometh on New Release Tuesday". Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ Timothy Estabrooks. "Your Sparkling Death Cometh on Jesus Freak Hideout". Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ Kevin Thorson. "Review of Your Sparkling Death Cometh by Falling Up". Retrieved June 28, 2011. Songs "Mscron" and "Vates" are just so-so. The first led with heavier guitar and the second with piano. Still solid songs. Be sure not to skip ahead though because there's some great musical gems hidden throughout like towards the end of "Forms & Shapes." 
  13. ^ Falling Up. "Falling Up - Biography". Retrieved June 29, 2011. Now ten years later things are looking bright for this trio of musicians! Hopefully there's another 10 years in them! 
  14. ^ Octopus Entertainment. "ALL AGES SHOW w/ FALLING UP, WATER & BODIES, and RUTH". Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ FallingupTV. "Machine De Ella Introduction Video". Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Falling Up | The Machine De Ella Project". Machinedeellaproject.fallinguplives.com. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Falling Up create Kickstarter campaign for new LP - Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Falling Up - Portland, Oregon Indie Rock Band". Falling Up. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ Craft, David (November 13, 2015). "Falling Up, "Falling Up" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  20. ^ Francesco, Jonathan J. (November 17, 2015). "Falling Into a Grand Finale". New Release Today. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 

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