The Letter Black

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The Letter Black
Rock band on stage in concert
Background information
Also known as Breaking the Silence
Origin Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Christian rock, hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge, nu metal[1]
Years active 2006–present
Labels Tooth & Nail, EMP Label Group
Website theletterblack.com
Members Sarah Anthony
Mark Anthony
Justin Brown
Past members Adam DeFrank
Keith Anselmo
Matt Beal [2]
Mat Slagle

The Letter Black, formerly known as Breaking the Silence,[3] is a Christian rock band that was formed in 2006 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The band consists of lead vocalist Sarah Anthony; her husband, lead guitarist and vocalist Mark Anthony; and drummer Justin Brown.[4]

History[edit]

Early years (2006–2009)[edit]

The Letter Black in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Letter Black started out as a praise team at their local church with Sarah and her husband Mark as a duo on vocals under the name "Breaking the Silence".[citation needed] Later when they were signed to Tooth & Nail Records they changed the name of the band to "The Letter Black".[3] In 2008, Sarah Anthony was featured on the Pillar album For the Love of the Game, singing on the track "I Fade Away". The band often does 150 shows or more a year and has shared the stage with bands such as Skillet, Decyfer Down, Red, and Hawk Nelson.[5][6] They performed as the opening act for Skillet in the "2010 Awake and Alive Tour" and for the Thousand Foot Krutch "Welcome to the Masquerade Tour".[7]

Hanging On By a Thread (2009–2012)[edit]

The band's debut album, Hanging On By a Thread was released on May 4, 2010 through Tooth & Nail records,[8] putting The Letter Black as number 8 in the iTunes rock section in the same day.[9]

A remix album titled Hanging On by a Remix was released on May 22, 2012.[10]

Rebuild (2013–2016)[edit]

In early 2013, the band was reported to be recording new material for their second studio album, later revealed to be called Rebuild.[11] The first single for the new album, "Sick Charade", was released on October 3, 2012.[12] "The Only One" was released in February 2013 and "Pain Killer" was released on September 10, 2013. The album was initially scheduled to be released on April 23, 2013, however, on April 17, the album was postponed because the band decided to write three new songs for the album.[13] The album was released on November 12, 2013.[14]

Pain (2016–present)[edit]

On November 19, 2016, the band previewed a new song on their Facebook page for their upcoming fourth studio album which will be released by early 2017. According to the band, this will be their heaviest album to date.[15] They announced that they had left Tooth & Nail Records and would record their next album independently. The band ran a successful $25,000 Kickstarter campaign to record their next album.[16] The band later signed with EMP Music Group on March 13, 2017. They also announced the album title revealed to be Pain and the cover art was also revealed. The album will be released on May 26, 2017.[17] The first single, "Last Day That I Cared", premiered on Revolver on April 30, 2017.[18] A lyric video for "Rock's Not Dead" was released on May 19, 2017.[19]

Other media[edit]

In February 2013, Mark and Sarah Anthony signed with VIP Ink Publishing for an autobiography.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label(s) Chart positions Sales
US Billboard 200 US Christ
2007 Stand Independent
2010 Hanging On By a Thread Tooth & Nail Records 183[21] 10
2013 Rebuild Tooth & Nail Records 32
2017 Pain EMP Label Group[22] 6

EPs[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • Hanging On By a Remix (2012) Tooth & Nail Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Title Active
Rock
Album
2009 "Best of Me" Breaking the Silence EP
2010 "Hanging On By a Thread" 46 Hanging On By a Thread
"Believe"[25]
2011 "Fire with Fire"
2012 "The Only One" Rebuild
2012 "Sick Charade" 45
2013 "Pain Killer"
2014 "Up from The Ashes"
2017 "Last Day That I Cared"[26] Pain

Band members[edit]

Current

  • Sarah Anthony – lead vocals
  • Mark Anthony – lead guitar, vocals
  • Justin Brown – drums

Former

  • Adam DeFrank – drums
  • Mat Slagle – drums
  • Keith Anselmo – drums
  • Matt Beal – bass

Touring

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yap, Timothy (12 November 2013). "The Letter Black "Rebuild" Album Review (Video) : Reviews : BREATHEcast". BREATHEcast. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Letter Black Discography". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Letter Black". Jesus Freak Hideout. September 14, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Letter Black Biography". Christianmusic.About.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Letter Black Biography". TodaysChristianMusic.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Awake and Alive Tour". Itickets.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Thousand Foot Krutch close out 2009 hot | HM". Hmmagazine.com. March 4, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Letter Black, "Hanging On By a Thread" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. May 4, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "(5) Dear Diary « The Letter Black". Theletterblack.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Letter Black, "Hanging On By a Remix" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. May 18, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Letter Black Tour & New Album Soon". Tooth & Nail. August 23, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Letter Black Premiere New Song". Tooth & Nail. October 3, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Letter Black Postpones Release of "Rebuild" To Write More Music | Article". Cmaddict.Com. April 17, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Rebuild: The Letter Black". 
  15. ^ ""The Letter Black - "New Music Preview..."". The Letter Black (via Facebook). November 18, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ ""The Letter Black - New Record". The Letter Black (via Kickstarter). Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  17. ^ "The Letter Black". www.facebook.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Letter Black premiere New Song, "Last Day That I Cared"". April 28, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Letter Black". www.facebook.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Mark and Sarah Anthony of the band The Letter Black Sign a Global Book Deal | Untitled Document". Markets.financialcontent.com. February 7, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Letter Black - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  22. ^ http://www.emplabelgroup.com/artist.php?pg=100483858003
  23. ^ "Hanging On By A Thread Sessions Vol. 1 [+Video]: The Letter Black: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Hanging On By A Thread Sessions Vol. 2 [+Video]: The Letter Black: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Future Releases for Christian Radio Stations | Free New Songs from Music Artists |". Allaccess.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  26. ^ EMP Label Group (April 30, 2017). "The Letter Black - Last Day That I Cared - Exclusive Track Premiere.". Retrieved May 25, 2017 – via YouTube. 

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