Spoken (band)

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Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Years active 1996-present
Labels E1, Tooth & Nail, Metro 1
Website spokenmusic.com
  • Matt Baird
  • Jamie Burns
  • JR Bareis
  • Blaise Rojas
Past members
  • Scoop Roberts
  • Isaiah Perez
  • Oliver Crumpton
  • Ryan Pei
  • Jesse McDermott
  • Jon Allen
  • Jef Cunningham
  • Steven Howk
  • Ronnie Crupper
  • B.J. Watson
  • Ryan Jordan
  • Aaron Wiese
  • Travis Pierce
  • Roy Elam
  • Brandon Thigpen
  • Michael Head

Spoken is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee.[1] They have released four studio albums on Tooth & Nail Records and E1 Music.

Band history[edit]

Spoken signed to Tooth & Nail Records to release their album, titled A Moment of Imperfect Clarity. This, and their subsequent albums on Tooth and Nail, highlighted an evolving sound in which first melody and then a post-hardcore sound were introduced and stressed. The band shot music videos for "Promise"[7] and "Falling Further"[8]

In 2005, Spoken released Last Chance to Breathe. The style changed even more, becoming more based on screams than heavy guitar work. A music video was shot for "Bitter Taste", a single from the album, featuring Cory Brandon Putman of Norma Jean.[9]

On September 25, 2007, Spoken released the album, Spoken. The sound was heavier and more mature, with both heavy vocals and heavy guitar work. Matt Baird, the lead vocalist for Spoken, said this about their sound: "Our new record has a lot of diversity. There are songs that are heavier than anything we've done before, and there is a song that is mostly piano. The songs are really all over the place as far as a similar style or genre, but it works. I think the record is extremely cohesive. I can't wait for people to hear it."[10]

Spoken has been working on a new record since 2009 with producer Jasen Rauch. They have revealed that the record is finished and will be released on February 12, 2013 through E1 Music and will be called, "Illusion".[11]

Spoken performing at Lifest in 2018

The band announced via their Facebook page on November 28, 2014 that they would release a new album in 2015. A later interview with singer Matt Baird revealed the band will be recording at least one song in January as a promo track and then the remainder of the album will be recorded in May 2015.[12] On November 26, 2016, Scoop Roberts announced that he was embarking on final tour with the band and that he would be on the next album.[13]


Studio albums


Music videos


  1. ^ a b Yeung, Neil Z. "Spoken – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Sarachik, Justin (December 11, 2014). "Spoken Starts New Album in May; Matt Baird Says 'It's Not Going to be the Same Record as Illusions' [INTERVIEW 4]". BREATHEcast. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Williams, Jeremy (January 10, 2008). "Spoken – Spoken". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Major, Chris (December 17, 2015). "Spoken Releases Best Work Yet With 'Breathe Again'". The Christian Beat. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Cummings, Tony (October 23, 2007). "Spoken – Last Chance To Breathe". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ Rockstroh, Joe; Marihugh, Josh (August 25 – September 12, 1999). "What Remains". Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ Spoken - Promise. March 30, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ Spoken-Falling Further. June 17, 2006. Retrieved February 14, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  9. ^ YouTube. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ Qodesh Metal Spoken Interview Archived March 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Alice Roques (February 3, 2013). "INTERVIEW: SPOKEN - MATT BAIRD'". RockRevolt Magazine. 
  12. ^ "Spoken Starts New Album in May; Matt Baird Says 'It's Not Going to be the Same Record as Illusions' [INTERVIEW 4]". BREATHEcast. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Roberts, Scoop (November 26, 2016). "Scoop Roberts announcement". Instagram. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 

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