Falling Up (band)

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Falling Up
The original six members of Falling Up (2004)
Background information
OriginAlbany, Oregon, United States
Years active2001–2016
Past membersJessy 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 Crashings in 2004. They were signed to BEC Recordings in 2003 after a recommendation from friends in the band Kutless. The band's name came from the first song they wrote, which talked about their belief in both human imperfection and in the grace of God which compensates for that imperfection; their lyrics are heavily grace-themed.

The band went through several line-up changes, with only lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy, bassist Jeremy Miller, and drummer Josh Shroy appearing on every album .


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 of any other album in the history of BEC Recordings—displacing the previous record held by Kutless, who were childhood friends of Falling Up. 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]

The band announced the release date for their next project, code-named "Abandoners," on their Myspace page. Later on, they would announce the release name Captiva. The album was released on October 2, 2007. The first single from the album was "Hotel Aquarium," followed by "Goodnight Gravity," "How They Made Cameras," "Maps," and "A Guide to Marine Life." They band also filmed 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, to manage merchandise for Christian rock band Hawk Nelson.[4] Neither member was replaced, with the band choosing to become a trio.

Falling Up's fourth studio album, 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 on this tour were strictly secular.

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 "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, The Gloomcatcher, releasing its first album, Slow Chorale. The debut albums from both projects were released on April 6, 2010.

On January 20, 2010 lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy announced that Falling Up was "taking a permanent break", and their final show would be held 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 was "in the works."[6] The website FallingUpLives.com was then launched, followed by a Kickstarter campaign. Jessy explained on the website that the reason for the breakup was due to the band members wanting to explore other musical endeavors and the fact the BEC did not support the band's ideas for future releases. Jessy also stated that the band members did not feel comfortable about ending Falling Up so abruptly, leading to their decision to return making music, independently this time.

On January 21, 2011, Falling Up's Kickstarter campaign for their new album ended, having raised $13,665, more than their goal of $10,000.[7] Rewards for the campaign included an exclusive download of two of Falling Up's demo songs, "Phantasm" and "Monster Blood," both of which were tracks cut from their "Captiva" album, an exclusive T-shirt, signed copies of the new record, and cover songs performed by the band. The new record began recording on February 9, 2011, with Jessy Ribordy saying that the album would be released in June of 2011. On March 18, 2011, the band's website was updated with a logo displaying Your Sparkling Death Cometh, and a release date of June 2011. Shortly after, the band confirmed on their Facebook page that "Your Sparkling Death Cometh" would be the title of the upcoming album.

On May 25, 2011, Falling Up released the first single for Your Sparkling Death Cometh, Blue Ghost, on their ReverbNation page. On June 1, 2011, Falling Up released the second single, 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 reportedly arrived 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 with the upcoming album. With the album's release, they added a biography section to their website which implied that they were 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. Ruth and Water & Bodies were the opening acts for the band.[14]

Falling Up announced in early January 2012 that a remix EP was in the works, and also said that they were hoping to have some new music released by the end of the year. On April 11, 2012, the band released Mnemos, their first remix album since Exit Lights.

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 Your Sparkling Death Cometh. At the time of Mnemos' release, Falling Up was only able to remix songs from Your Sparkling Death Cometh, due to BEC holding the rights to their previous songs.

The Mnemos EP was released on Groupees through the "Feed Them with Music" program, 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, Falling Up, and Reimagined (2012–2017)[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 considered their 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] During the Kickstarter campaign, Falling Up announced that this would be the band's final album.[18][19][19] On November 13, 2015, Falling Up released their final studio album, the self-titled Falling Up to critical acclaim.[20][21]

On June 10, 2016, Falling Up released a two-song EP titled Reimagined to follow through on a reward tier from their Kickstarter campaign. It consisted of two recreated songs, "Broken Heart" and "Arafax Deep", which originally debuted on the band's first album, Crashings. In early 2017, the band released their final song, a reimagined cover of Brand New's "Gasoline."


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. ^ a b Reimer, Wayne (February 29, 2016). "Closing the Book on Falling Up". jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  20. ^ Craft, David (November 13, 2015). "Falling Up, "Falling Up" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  21. ^ Francesco, Jonathan J. (November 17, 2015). "Falling into a Grand Finale". New Release Today. Retrieved January 21, 2016.

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