Stars Go Dim

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Stars Go Dim
Stars Go Dim Lifest 2018.jpg
Stars Go Dim performing in 2018
Background information
OriginTulsa, Oklahoma, US
GenresPop rock,[1] Christian pop,[1] Christian rock[1]
Years active2007–present
LabelsFervent,[1] Word[1]
Associated actsPillar
  • Chris Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Kyle Williams
  • Josh "Black Panda" Roach
Past members

Stars Go Dim (SGD) is an American pop rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma that formed in late 2007. The band originally consisted of Chris Cleveland (vocals, piano, and guitar), Joey Avalos (guitar), Michael Wittig (bass guitar), and Lester Estelle II (drums). Now composed of Chris Cleveland, Michael Cleveland, Kyle Williams and Josh Roach, the band recently signed to Fervent Records (Word Entertainment). Stars Go Dim announced their major label released, self-titled debut album in October 2015. Their first single is "You Are Loved".[2]


Stars Go Dim began as a side project of the Christian rock band Pillar.[3] Wittig and Estelle ultimately left Pillar to focus on Stars Go Dim in 2008. Avalos was also a touring member of Pillar before committing to the new band, and was previously in Justifide.[4]

After forming in late 2007, the band finished recording and finally released their first self-titled EP in October 2008, which consists of five tracks: "Come Around", "Crazy", "Walk On", "Incredible", and, "Get Over It". Avalos stated that, "We just love to write songs that make you want to sing-along," and "it wasn't until I had written a twelve or so songs that we realized what we had. It's really this intricate mess of a love story that will unfold itself with our full-length album."

After forming and releasing their first EP, the band has had a moderate string of success. They've opened up for Switchfoot, The Fray, Daughtry, and Graham Colton and have shared the stage with Paramore, The All-American Rejects, and The Roots.[5] The band credits their success to their fans. Cleveland stated, "We really do have the best fans. Really. They were onboard with us when we just had a few videos of us writing the songs and no other music or bells and whistles to offer." Wittig also commented about the band's fans, saying, "The online communities have helped us get to know our fans better and vice versa. We're always coming up with new ways to connect."

To follow up their EP, the band released their first full-length album Love Gone Mad August 4, 2009.

Since 2010 Lester Estelle II is not an official band member, but he still does engineering and studio work for the band. In 2011 SGD released two singles, "Like I Mean It" and "Hesitate", and shot music videos for both. "Like I Mean It" music video is taken for rotation on mtvU in February 2011.

The band signed to Fervent Records, a Word Records imprint, where they released their first major label studio album, Stars Go Dim, on October 30, 2015.[1][6]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions


2009 Love Gone Mad
2015 Stars Go Dim
  • Released: October 30, 2015
  • Label: Fervent
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 16
2019 Better
  • Released: May 17, 2019
  • Label: Word/Curb
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Love Gone Mad was released on August 4, 2009.[9] The band also filmed a music video for the songs "Come Around" and "Get Over It".[10] Discussing the album, Avalos once stated, "I probably wrote 20 songs in roughly two weeks and this is what came out of it."[11]

All tracks are written by Joey Avalos, except where noted.


  • 2008 – Stars Go Dim
  • 2011 – Between Here and Now
  • 2018 – Better
  • 2018 – Christmas Is Here


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

Christ Air.

Christ AC

"Hesitate" 2011 Between Here and Now
"Love This Girl" 2013 non-album single
"You Are Loved" 2016 7 1 2 Stars Go Dim
"Walking Like Giants" 31 21 25
"How Glorious The Love Of Heaven" 27 9 4 Christmas Is Here
"Doxology" 2017 36 Stars Go Dim
"Heaven On Earth" 2018 15 11 12 Better
"I Look To You"
(featuring Social Club Misfits)
"You Know Me Better" 28 19 22
"Christmas Is Here" 26 11 13 Christmas Is Here
"It's Gonna Get Better" 2019 Better
"For Worse or Better"

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Chris Cleveland lead vocals, piano, guitar (2007–present)
  • Josh "Black Panda" Roach drums (2012–present)
  • Joey Avalos acoustic guitar (2007–present) electric guitar (2012–present)
  • Kyle Williams electric guitar (2012–present)

Former members

  • Lester Estelle II keyboard, backing vocals (2007–2010) and drums (2012)
  • Kevin Rogers acoustic guitar (2007)
  • Luke Sullivant acoustic guitar (2007)
  • Michael Wittig bass guitar (2012)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2009, the band won the Channel One News Hear It Now Artist of the Year Award.[15] That same year, the band won the "Absolute Best of Tulsa" award by Urban Tulsa Weekly for the Best Pop Rock Group August 8, 2009.

In 2016, Stars Go Dim were nominated for a Dove Award for 'New Artist of the Year'.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Andre, Jonathan (November 1, 2015). "Music Reviews: Stars Go Dim – Stars Go Dim". 365 Days of Inspiring Media. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Stars Go Dim | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List". The Recording Academy. December 6, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Jennifer Chancellor, "Dim Bulbs Brighten", Tulsa World, November 2, 2009.
  5. ^ "Kanaal van starsgodim2". YouTube. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Shriver, Mikayla (November 16, 2015). "Positive Pop Debut". New Release Today. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Stars Go Dim Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Stars Go Dim Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Love Gone Mad";; retrieved October 14, 2009.
  10. ^ "Stars Go Dim"; by Fletcher, Christa;; retrieved October 14, 2009.
  11. ^ "Pop/Rock with Passion";; 2009; retrieved October 14, 2009.
  12. ^ "Stars Go Dim – Chart history (Hot Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Stars Go Dim – Chart history (Christian Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Stars Go Dim – Chart history (Hot Christian AC Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Name. "Interact". Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "2016 Nominees - The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards". Archived from the original on November 14, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2017.

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