Royal Tailor

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Royal Tailor
Genres Pop, dance-pop, Christian pop
Years active 2004–2015
Labels Essential, Provident
Associated acts Leeland
Website royaltailoronline.com
Past members Tauren Wells
DJ Cox
Blake Hubbard
Jarrod Ingram

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

History[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

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

EPs[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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". event.cbn.com. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Royal Tailor's Tauren Wells (Part 1) - Whole Notes". Whole Notes. 28 June 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards | E! Online UK". Ca.eonline.com. November 30, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Royal Tailor". billboard.com. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Royal Tailor". billboard.com. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Royal Tailor". billboard.com. 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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