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OriginKansas City, Kansas[1][2]
GenresChristian alternative rock[3][4]
Years active2008-2013
MembersDalton Diehl[2][3][4][5]
Darren Harms[2][3][4][5]
Ryan Lytle[2][3][4][5]
Past membersBlake Leoni[2][3][4][5]
Ray Wyatt[2][3][4][5]

Samestate was an American Christian alternative rock band originating from Kansas City, Kansas.[1][2][3][4][5] Band members included Dalton Diehl on vocals, piano and guitar, Darren Harms on guitar and Ryan Lytle on the bass guitar.[2][3][5] Their first studio album, The Alignment, was released on February 28, 2012, by Sparrow Records, produced by Pete Kipley and Paul Moak.[6][7][8] They are best known for their first single, "Hurricane". It reached No. 4 on Air 1's Top Songs Chart on November 12, 2011.[9]

In March 2013 the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an independent EP, The Boxer & The Thief. It was successfully funded and the EP was available in July to backers.[10]

On the September 18, 2013, the band announced on their Facebook page that they were parting ways.[11]


Samestate was formed in 2008 in Olathe, Kansas. Diehl was the impetus for the creation of the band because he was the worship leader at MidAmerica Nazarene University during his sophomore year, which was when he added Harms and Leoni to the band. Diehl said that he began composing songs to perform during meetings at camps and retreats and at places such as Sheridan's Frozen Custard and Chick-fil-A. This caused him to seek out and add the last two members to the band, Lytle and Wyatt, soon after they had formed the trio. The band signed with Sparrow Records in 2011, who released a taster EP called Samestate, a precursor to 2012's The Alignment.[1][2][4][5] The band decided to sign with Sparrow Records instead of remaining independent, citing the talent at Sparrow could help foster their career.[4][5]


The band's first tour began in August 2011. Called "So Long Summer", it was with a band named Caleb (composed of Caleb and Will Chapman, who are sons of Steven Curtis Chapman).[12][13] Samestate's second outing was the "Rise Up" tour with Family Force 5 during March and April 2012. The "Radio Listener Appreciation" tour, with Building 429 and Andy Cherry, immediately followed in April and May.[14]



Year Album Peak chart positions
2012 The Alignment[15]
2013 The Boxer & The Thief EP[10]
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download


Year Title Chart peaks Album
US Christian Songs US Christian CHR
2011 "Hurricane" 37[17] 3[14] The Alignment
2012 "Shadows" 44 19[18]


The song "Hurricane" has a music video on YouTube.[19] In 2012, the band was working on its second music video with the song "Shadows".[20]


  1. ^ a b c Cummings, Tony (March 7, 2012). "Samestate: The Kansas City pop rockers breaking through in the US". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Van Pelt, Doug. "Samestate offering full-length in February". HM. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jesus Freak Hideout. "Samestate profile". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j NCN News Staff (February 18, 2011). "Nazarene band signs with major Christian label". Nazarene Communications Network. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Brooks, Jessica for (Breathecast) (August 22, 2011). "Samestate: God's Love Is Like A 'Hurricane'". The Christian Post. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Samestate (February 28, 2012). "The Alignment – Samestate credits". allmusic. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout (February 28, 2012). "The Alignment album". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Cross Rhythms (February 13, 2012). "Samestate – The Alignment". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Air 1 (November 12, 2011). "Air 1 Top Songs Chart: November 12, 2011". Air 1. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Kickstarter: SAMESTATE - The Boxer & The Thief". March 26, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  11. ^ Samestate (September 19, 2013). "Samestate Facebook Page Split Announcement". Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  12. ^ Van Pelt, Doug. "Samestate hits the road with Caleb". HM. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  13. ^ TodaysChristianMusic (August 2, 2011). ""So Long Summer" Tour Heralds Sparrow Records' Newcomers Samestate". CCM magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Van Pelt, Doug. "Same State hitting the road with Family Force 5". HM. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  15. ^ a b c Gelwicks, Roger (February 28, 2012). "Samestate, "The Alignment" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  16. ^ (June 6, 2012). "Samestate The Alignment search". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  17. ^ Billboard (December 10, 2011). "Christian Songs[TM]". Academic OneFile. 123 (45): 92. The id is GALE|A274520782. (subscription required)
  18. ^ Billboard (May 11, 2012). "05/11/2012". Clash Entertainment. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  19. ^ SAMESTATEVEVO (October 10, 2011). "Samestate – Hurricane". Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  20. ^ Hrabkovska, Silvia for (Breathecast) (May 15, 2012). "Samestate to Film a MV for 'Shadows', Fans Called to Participate". The Christian Post. Retrieved May 17, 2012.

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