Royal Tailor

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Royal Tailor
GenresPop, dance-pop, Christian pop
Years active2004–2015
LabelsEssential, Provident
Associated actsLeeland
Past membersTauren Wells
DJ Cox
Blake Hubbard
Jarrod Ingram

Royal Tailor was an American Christian pop rock band.[1] The group disbanded in 2015.[2]


Royal Tailor was started by Tauren Wells, DJ Cox, Jeremy Guzman, and Blake Hubbard while they were attending Indiana Bible College.[3] Jarrod Ingram, who attended Gateway College of Evangelism (now Urshan College), joined later.[4]

After hearing Royal Tailor's music, Leeland and Jack Mooring passed along the band's EP to Jason McArthur, Vice President of A&R of Provident Music Group, who signed them to a record deal.[citation needed] Producers Aaron Lindsey, Chuck Butler and Daniel Kinner produced their debut album, Black & White, which was released on June 7, 2011. It received a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for the 54th Grammy Awards.[5]

In 2013, they released their self-titled album that included "Ready Set Go" (featuring Capital Kings) as its single.[citation needed] The album made it to No. 95 on the Billboard 200,[6] No. 3 US Christian Albums,[7] and No. 17 US Independent Album.[8]

The group disbanded in 2015 when Wells started his solo career.[2] The other members of the band have moved-on to new projects.[2] In 2016, Wells said of the decision to disband Royal Tailor that "The band was successful, by our measures of success. It was doing well, still growing. I felt like we had just put out our best album. Things were great, relationally, and obviously we're best friends. But to be honest, we were so tired."[9] Wells released his first solo single (Love Is Action) in May 2016, an EP (Undefeated) in September 2016, and is planning a full album for 2017.[9]

Past members[edit]

  • Tauren Wells - lead vocals 2004- 2015
  • DJ Cox - guitar, backing vocals 2004-2015
  • Blake Hubbard - bass guitar, backing vocals 2004- 2015
  • Jarrod Ingram - drums 2009-2015
  • Travis Rigney - drums 2004-2008
  • Jeremy Guzman - keyboards 2004-2008


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
US US Christ
2011 Black & White 190 6
2013 Royal Tailor
  • Released: October 22, 2013
  • Label: Essential Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
95 3


Year EP
2009 Love Like This
  • Released: July 2, 2009
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other performers Album
"Living for the Other Side" 2013 Capital Kings Capital Kings
"Love Like Crazy" 1 Girl Nation 1 Girl Nation


Grammy Awards
Year Award Result
2012 Contemporary Christian Music Album (Black & White) Nominated
2015 Contemporary Christian Music Album (Royal Tailor) Nominated
GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2012 New Artist of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "Royal Tailor Breaks Out First Music Video 'Make A Move'". CMSpin. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Tauren Wells striking off in new directions". Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "700 Club Interactive - Guests - Tauren Wells". Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Interview with Royal Tailor's Tauren Wells (Part 1) - Whole Notes". Whole Notes. June 28, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards | E! Online UK". November 30, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Royal Tailor". Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Royal Tailor". Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Royal Tailor". Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Tauren Wells Steps Into New Solo Project, Out of Royal Tailor". Retrieved August 7, 2016.

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