Sent by Ravens
|Sent by Ravens|
|Origin||Hartsville, South Carolina|
|Genres||Christian rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore|
|Labels||Tooth & Nail|
|Website||Sent by Ravens on Facebook|
|Past members||Zach Riner
James "JJ" Leonard, Jr.
Sent by Ravens was a Christian post-hardcore band from Hartsville, South Carolina. Their debut EP was released in 2007, and they have since released a following EP and two full-length albums. They take their name from 1 Kings 17:6, a verse that references Elijah receiving bread and meat from ravens while in the wilderness.
Sent by Ravens was formed in January 2006 by Jamie Windham (bass), Andy O'Neal (guitar) and Zach Riner (vocals). In August 2007, while searching for a drummer, Windham found Dane Andersen through a video he posted of himself playing on YouTube. Andersen in turn recommended his friend James "JJ" Leonard, Jr. as a second guitarist.
The group released two EPs in 2007 and 2008 independently. In August 2009, the band signed to Tooth & Nail Records, on which they released their debut studio album Our Graceful Words in April 2010. The album charted at No. 35 on Billboard Top Heatseekers. In support of the new album Sent by Ravens toured with artists like Papa Roach, Nonpoint, and Emery.
On February 28, 2012, the band released their second studio album, Mean What You Say.
Since their hiatus began in August 1, 2012, several members of the band have joined/formed other bands. In October 2012, Riner and Leonard announced that they had formed a punk rock band called Bad Talk, which they would be pursuing full time. They have recorded two demos which can be found on the band's Facebook page. In December 2012, "We're All Liars" was named the No. 1 Song of 2012 on TVU's Ten Most Wanted Countdown.
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- Zach Riner — vocals
- James (Jamie) Windham - bass guitar
- Andy O'Neal — lead guitar
- James "JJ" Leonard Jr. — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Dane Andersen — drum
- Jon Arena — bass guitar, backing vocals
- Aaron Moses — drums
- Derick Ward — drums
|March 12, 2007||Sent by Ravens EP|
|July 6, 2008||The Effects of Fashion and Prayer EP|
|Release Date||Title||Label||Peak Chart Positions|
|US||US Rock||US Christ.||US Hard Rock||US Heat.|
|April 20, 2010||Our Graceful Words||Tooth & Nail Records||—||—||—||—||35|
|February 28, 2012||Mean What You Say||179||41||10||13||—|
|Year||Title||Peak Chart Position||Album|
|Christian Rock||Christian CHR|
|2009||"Trailers vs. Tornado"||—||—||The Effects of Fashion and Prayer EP|
|2010||"New Fire"||1||—||Our Graceful Words|
|"An Honest Heart"||—||—|
|"Trailers vs. Tornadoes"||2||—|
|"Salt and the Light"||—||20|
|2012||"We're All Liars"||6||—||Mean What You Say|
|"Mean What You Say"||12||28|
|"Learn From the Night"||7||—|
|"Best In Me"||19||36|
- # Trailers Vs Tornado
- # New Fire
- # We're All Liars
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