Sent by Ravens

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Sent by Ravens
Background information
OriginHartsville, South Carolina
GenresChristian rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore
Years active2006–2012
LabelsTooth & Nail
Past membersZach Riner
James (Jamie) Windham
Andy O'Neal
James "JJ" Leonard, Jr.
Dane Andersen
Jon Arena
Aaron Moses
Andy Warren
WebsiteSent by Ravens on Facebook

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.[1]


Sent by Ravens was formed in January 2006 by James (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.[2]

The group released two EPs in 2007 and 2008 independently.[3] In August 2009, the band signed to Tooth & Nail Records, on which they released their debut studio album Our Graceful Words in April 2010.[4][5][6][7][8] The album charted at No. 35 on Billboard Top Heatseekers.[9][10] 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 on August 1, 2012, several members of the band have joined/formed other bands.[11] 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.[12] They have recorded two demos which can be found on the band's Facebook page.[13] In December 2012, "We're All Liars" was named the No. 1 Song of 2012 on TVU's Ten Most Wanted Countdown.[citation needed]

Brave Future (2017-)[edit]

In 2017, Riner and Windham went on to work on a project called "Brave Future" working and writing with producer David Bendeth on an EP of songs that can be found on here Spotify.[14]

On February 13, 2018, Brave Future released their lead single "Down Here".[15] On April 2, 2018, a second single "Reinvent" was released.[16]


Final Lineup

Zach Riner — vocals
Jon Arena - bass guitar
Andy O'Neal — lead guitar
James "JJ" Leonard Jr. — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Dane Andersen — drums

Former Members

James (Jamie) Windham — bass guitar
Aaron Moses — drums
Derick Ward — drums


Studio albums[edit]

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


Release Date Title
March 12, 2007 Sent by Ravens EP
July 6, 2008 The Effects of Fashion and Prayer EP


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
"Beautiful List" 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

Music videos[edit]

  • "Trailers Vs Tornado"
  • "New Fire"
  • "We're All Liars"


  1. ^ Matthews, Kent (August 12, 2010). "Music: Sent by Ravens to do God's work". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Cummings, Tony (March 2012). "Sent By Ravens: The post-hardcore band guarding the words they speak". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  3. ^ Review, Jesus Freak Hideout, July 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Sent by Ravens Post Video for "Trailer Vs. Tornado". Alternative Press, August 14, 2009.
  5. ^ Review, Indie Vision Music. April 15, 2010
  6. ^ Review,, April 19, 2010.
  7. ^ Review Archived May 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Decoy Music. May 6, 2010
  8. ^ Review, Christian Music Zine. April 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Sent By Ravens chart history". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  10. ^ News Collection Week of 4-18-10 Archived June 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. HM Magazine, April 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "RadioU | Sent By Ravens". Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Demo, by Bad Talk". Bad Talk.
  13. ^ "Bad Talk (Ex-Sent by Ravens) Post Demos | News | Indie Vision Music". Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "Brave Future Are One of the Top Rock Bands of 2018 That You Haven't Heard - News". August 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Brave Future - "Down Here"". Archived from the original on December 15, 2021 – via
  16. ^ ""Reinvent" by Brave Future". Archived from the original on December 15, 2021 – via

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