Jamie Rowe

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Jamie Rowe
Jamie Rowe.jpg
Rowe performing live
Background information
Birth name Earl Wilson Rowe, Jr.
Also known as J.R. Rowe
Born April 7, 1970
Origin United States
Genres Christian rock
Instruments Vocals, guitars
Years active 1990-present
Associated acts
  • Guardian
  • Crunch
  • Adriangale
  • The Lost Days of Summer
Website JamieRowe.com

Jamie Rowe (born April 7, 1970 as Earl Wilson Rowe, Jr.) is a Christian musician best known as the lead vocalist of the Christian hard rock band, Guardian. He has also been vocalist for New York-based AdrianGale, power pop band, London Calling which became The Ruled and most recentlly collaborating with Jamey Perrenot in The Lost Days of Summer. He has also released several solo works including the single "I Do" written for his wife, Amber Rowe, for their wedding.

Background[edit]

Billed as "J.R. Rowe," Rowe began with the band, Tempest, in the late 1980s. Their debut album, A Coming Storm, recorded on Pure Metal Records in 1987, features Rowe's vocals with less grit and more high, falsetto screams (à la metallurgist mentor Stryper's Michael Sweet) than in his later work, and the lyrics contain a straightforward evangelical candor.[1] The album was not released to compact disc until 1999. Tempest recorded their second and last album, The Eye of the Storm, on Pure Metal in 1988, wherein, looking at the disc insert, Rowe's former unequivocal lyrics were traded in for those with an ambiguous "you" supplanting references to God in such songs as "True Love (Never Fade Away)" and "Lost Without Your Love." Amid internal turmoil, Tempest disbanded in 1990.[2]

Rowe joined the Los Angeles-based band Guardian after being introduced to the band by producers Dino and John Elefante.[3] The first release, 1991's Fire and Love, was on the Elefante's Pakaderm label imprint and distributed on Epic Records.[3] The band had moderate success with the video for the song "Power of Love" on MTV's Headbangers Ball rotation and they toured throughout 1991 and opened a European tour with Stryper in 1992.[3] The band released Miracle Mile in 1993, Swing, Swang, Swung in 1994, Buzz in 1995 and Bottle Rocket. They also released several Spanish-language albums, Nunca Te Dire Adiós (I Will Never Say Goodbye) in 1995, Promesa (Promise) in 1997, Dime in 2001 and recorded several personal projects including The Yellow and Black Attack Is Back!, a tribute to Stryper. In 2014, the band reunited to record and release a new album titled "Almost Home". The album debuted on the Top 10 Rock Chart on iTunes.

Rowe released a solo album, The Beautiful EP (1999, Massive Groove Records), which was to be followed by a full-length project.[3][4] Songs for Heaven & Earth, was released in 2004. In 2006, it was re-released digitally by Rowe's own imprint, Peppermint Daisy Music.

In 2000, Rowe formed AdrianGale with Vic Rivera, Scott Miller and Scott Novello. They are a melodic rock band similar in style to Guardian. While the band's lyrics were not explicitly Christian, they were generally positive in nature. The band released four studio albums and one live album before issues with their record label forced the band to leave the name behind. The new band, known as Crunch (also the title of AdrianGale's fourth and final studio album), recorded two EPs worth of material and were a featured band at the prestigious Firefest IV Festival in Nottingham, England in October 2007 (their performance was filmed and released as a concert DVD by Transistor Pictures and the Firefest organization in 2010).

In late 2012, Kivel Records was able to come to terms with Rowe and Vic Rivera and Adriangale was successfully resurrected, resulting in Rowe and the band quietly recording their latest album, "Suckerpunch!", which was released on September 27, 2013, coinciding with their comeback appearance at MelodicRockFest 3 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The album and performance were met with immediate praise from critics and fans alike, with Rowe and the band planning to continue recording and playing live as Adriangale.

Discography[edit]

Tempest

  • A Coming Storm (1987, CD Released in 1988)
  • Eye of the Storm (1989)

Guardian

Solo

  • The Beautiful EP (1999)
  • Peppermint Daisy Music (2000)
  • Songs for Heaven and Earth (2004)
  • Shelter Me Single (digital download only) (2007)
  • Just Remember I Love You Single (digital download only) (2011)
  • I Do (Single) 2016

Adriangale

  • Feel the Fire (2000)
  • Under the Hood (2001)
  • Re:Program (2002)
  • Live Program (2003)
  • Crunch (2004)
  • Suckerpunch! (2013)
  • Defiance (2014)

Crunch

  • Starting Over EP (2007)
  • Starting Over: Live at Firefest DVD (2007)
  • Second Time Around EP (2010)

London Calling

  • The New Sensation (2003)
  • You're So Lucky (2004)

The Lost Days of Summer

  • The Lost Days of Summer E.P. (2014)

Contributions

  • Newsboys - "In The Hands of God" - backing vocals
  • Petra - "Unseen Power" - backing vocals
  • Petra - "Jekyll & Hyde" - backing vocals
  • Sonic Flood - "This Generation" - backing vocals
  • 7 Hours Later – "It's About Time" 2003 - Melodic Mayhem Records - guest vocalist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tempest - A Coming Storm review at Angelic Warlord - Christian Metal Resource
  2. ^ TEMPEST | MusicMight
  3. ^ a b c d Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 393–395. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  4. ^ Farmer, Michial (1999-11-28). "The Beautiful EP". The Phantom Tollbooth. 

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