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Veridia
VERIDIA 2014.jpg
VERIDIA in 2014. From left to right: Brandon Brown, Deena Jakoub, Kyle Levy, Trevor Hinesley.
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee
Genres
Years active2013–present
LabelsWord/Curb, Razor & Tie
Websiteveridiamusic.com
Members
  • Deena Jakoub
  • Brandon Brown
  • Kyle Levy
Past members
  • Trevor Hinesley

Veridia, often stylized in all capital letters as VERIDIA, is an American Christian alternative rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2013, the group now consists of Deena Jakoub (vocals), Brandon Brown (guitar), and Kyle Levy (drums).

On February 25, 2014, they released Inseparable EP, their debut studio release, on Word Entertainment. They released their second EP, Pretty Lies, on September 25, 2015. Their debut full-length album, The Beast You Feed, was released independently on October 26, 2018.

Their song "We Are the Brave" is a Billboard U.S. Christian Rock Chart No. 1 single. It was also nominated for 'Rock Song of the Year' at the 2014 Dove Awards and featured during ESPN broadcasts of the NCAA Softball regular season and world series.

The group toured the United States with Evanescence in 2016.[not verified in body]

History[edit]

Beginnings (2012–2013)[edit]

Veridia formed when Deena Jakoub (vocals) and Brandon Brown (guitar) moved from Dallas to Nashville after the end of their previous band Don't Wake Aislin, in late 2012.[1] Seeking a new start with a fresh sound, they quickly recruited Trevor Hinesley (guitar) and Kyle Levy (drums) to round out the quartet (unnamed at the time) in December 2012.[2] They do not have a bassist as a permanent band member in the band, nor do they have one performing in a live setting.

In early 2013, the group began writing and demoing songs with various co-writers and producers in Nashville while trying to determine what they would name their newly formed group. They eventually settled on Veridia, a combination of the words "veritas" (Latin for "truth") and "veridical" (also meaning "truth").[2] Of the name, Jakoub says, "Veridia means 'of truth.' It's our creed, to strive for raw honesty in all that we do, being true to ourselves, the ones we love and in our music."[3] To include a form of "truth" as part of their name was inspired by Kahlil Gibran.[2] They call the naming process one of the biggest early challenges the band had overcome.[2] In a Q&A at Pulse Radio headquarters in 2016, guitarist Hinesley stated that the name for the band was almost "Aviara". "We had the dumbest band names in the world," he said. "Don't hire us if you need a band name!"[4]

Inseparable EP and Winter Jam (2014–2015)[edit]

The band playing at a venue in 2014

Before recording Inseparable, the band wrote more than 70 songs trying to develop their sound and find their identity as a young band.[5] Of those songs, they eventually narrowed the list down to 5 songs they would take into the studio with three different producers. "We Are the Brave," "Disconnected," and "Furious Love" were produced by Ian Eskelin; "Mechanical Planet" was produced by Matt Bronleewe; "Mystery of the Invisible" was produced by Stephen Keech (of Haste The Day).[6] Jakoub is quoted as to have been listening to bands such as Chvrches, Twenty One Pilots, and Panic! at the Disco while helping write songs.[2]

On February 4, 2014, the band released an album trailer video on YouTube and launched an iTunes pre-order with "We Are the Brave" as an instant free track. And on February 24, the band partnered with HM Magazine to stream the album the day before it was released.[7]

The song was later picked up by ESPN for use in their television broadcasts of NCAA Softball.[8]

Veridia performing in 2014

the band was tapped to open Suburbia Music Festival in Plano, TX on May 4, 2014. The festival, produced by Live Nation and headlined by David Guetta, Alabama Shakes, and J. Cole, was the band's second show ever and first show in the Dallas metroplex, hometown of Jakoub and Brown.

A music video for "Disconnected" was filmed in Austin, TX with director Traci Goudie the week of May 5, 2014 and later released on July 21, 2014.

They went on their first tour as the opening act for Red and Demon Hunter in August 2014.[9]

They performed at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA on Halloween (October 31, 2014), which was produced by Live Nation and headlined by Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, and Skrillex.[10]

They served as the opening act on Winter Jam West 2014 boasting attendance of 112,000 over nine shows across arenas in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.[11] They will open for the East 2015 leg of the tour, playing 47 shows in arenas across the east coast, midwest, and south.

Pretty Lies EP (2015–2016)[edit]

In mid-2015, the group released a set of five videos of acoustic songs not on the "Inseparable" EP, titled Summer Sessions. In April 2016, they released these songs as a free download called Summer Sessions, Vol. I.[12]

In 2015, they released their second EP, Pretty Lies. The title track featured vocals from Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire. The music video was released on March 10, 2016 and a commentary video, featuring Jakoub, and filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, was also released.[13]

In late 2015, the band began their first headlining tour, the "Only the Crazy Survive Tour".[14] For their tour, they partnered with Mocha Club, an organization committed to helping people in Africa.[15]

In 2016, they went on a summer tour with band Random Hero and ILIA.[16] That September, they also played at Night of Joy for the second year in a row.[17]

Touring, Hinesley departure and hiatus (2016–2017)[edit]

On September 16, 2016, the band released "Still Breathing", to radio on September 23.[18] Being previously recorded on the Summer Sessions EP, it was rerecorded as full band electric song for the release.

On October 22, 2016, the band announced that Trevor Hinesley was leaving to focus on health and to spend more time with his family.[19] Hinesley would not join the band for their tour with Evanescence, but would play with them on the Christmas Rock Night in Germany in December, the band's first international show. On October 28, the band went on tour with Evanescence, opening in Dallas, Texas. On October 31, 2016, they released a music video for "Still Breathing", filmed in a haunted house in Nashville, Tennessee.[20][21]

During the early months of 2017, Deena Jakoub's father died.[22] Jakoub went to Egypt, where he was from, for the first time to bury him according to his wishes. The band went on hiatus for most of 2017 in order to take more time to spend with family.

The Beast You Feed Album (2018–present)[edit]

On January 7, 2018, the band announced that they had signed with Razor & Tie, and they were heading into the studio.[23][non-primary source needed] The band recorded ten songs for the full-length album and held frequent live streams to update fans in the studio. While the band was recording the album, the Razor & Tie record label was acquired by Concord Music.[24] This led to VERIDIA being released from Razor & Tie, later announcing that they would be releasing the album independently and launching a crowdfunding campaign. On June 29, they announced that the album, The Beast You Feed, would be released in late 2018 and launched a PledgeMusic campaign for the album's release.[25] In less than a month, the band surpassed their goal.[26] On July 27, 2018, they released the first single, "Numb", off the album.[27] The album was officially released on October 26, 2018.[28]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heatseeker
[29]
US Christian
[30]
The Beast You Feed[31]
  • Released: October 26, 2018
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heatseeker
[29]
US Christian
[30]
Inseparable[32] 4 17
Pretty Lies[33] 22 30
Summer Sessions, Vol. I
  • Released: April 7, 2016
  • Label: Word/Curb, Warner Music Group
  • Formats: free digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Christian

[34]
US
Christian Rock

[35]
US
Hot AC/CHR

[citation needed]
"We Are the Brave" 2014 1 Inseparable EP
"Disconnected" 40 12 12
"Furious Love" 34 8
"Pretty Lies" (featuring Matty Mullins) 2015 40 1 29 Pretty Lies EP
"Still Breathing" 2016 28 2 23 non-album track
"Numb" 2018 "The Beast You Feed"
"I Won't Stay Down" 2018 "The Beast You Feed"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Media usage[edit]

List of songs featured on various productions
Song Where Type
"We Are the Brave" NCAA Softball (ESPN)[8] Television
"We Are the Brave" 2015 SBENU LOL Champions Korea Summer Opening Title[36][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "An Interview With VERIDIA…". Jesus Wired. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Introducing VERIDIA..." Word Label Group. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Pulse 101.7 FM - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Artist spotlight part four: Veridia". The Red Ledger. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Inseparable - VERIDIA". All Music. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "HM Exclusive First Listen: VERIDIA's debut EP 'Inseparable'". HM Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Veridia featured on NCAA softball". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Run & Escape Tour Dates Revealed". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "2014 Voodoo Fest lineup to feature Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys". Nola.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "Winter Jam Brings Gospel to More than 112,000 on West Coast!". Premier Productions. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "VERIDIA Offers 'The Summer Sessions' EP For Free". www.newreleasetoday.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  13. ^ VERIDIA (March 14, 2016), VERIDIA // "Pretty Lies" feat. Matty Mullins (Story Behind The Music Video), retrieved October 24, 2016
  14. ^ "Only The Crazy Survive Tour 2015! | Veridia Music Updates". Veridia Music Official Website. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  15. ^ "Mocha Club and Veridia Announce Tour Partnership! | Veridia Music Updates". Veridia Music Official Website. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "Random HERO BIG Summer TOUR w/ Veridia | ILIA". www.facebook.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  17. ^ "Night of Joy Overview". www.wdwmagic.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  18. ^ VERIDIA (September 16, 2016), VERIDIA // "Still Breathing" [official audio], retrieved October 24, 2016
  19. ^ "VERIDIA | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  20. ^ VERIDIA (October 30, 2016), VERIDIA // "Still Breathing" [official music video], retrieved October 31, 2016
  21. ^ "VERIDIA Release Haunted New Music Video For 'Still Breathing'". Giants In The Sound. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  22. ^ "Instagram post by VERIDIA // ▽△ • Apr 7, 2017 at 5:42pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  23. ^ ▽△, VERIDIA //. "We officially started recording the new album TODAY! New songs, new album, new label, new hair... pic.twitter.com/ElwWxNv9fF". Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  24. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8094871/concord-music-razor-tie-acquires-label. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ "VERIDIA: New Studio Album - Coming This Fall". PledgeMusic. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "VERIDIA". www.facebook.com. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  27. ^ Numb - Single by VERIDIA, July 27, 2018, retrieved October 30, 2018
  28. ^ The Beast You Feed by VERIDIA, October 26, 2018, retrieved October 30, 2018
  29. ^ a b "Veridia – Chart History: US Heatseeker". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  30. ^ a b "Veridia – Chart History: US Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  31. ^ "The Beast You Feed by VERIDIA". October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  32. ^ "Inseparable – EP by VERIDIA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  33. ^ "Pretty Lies – EP by VERIDIA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  34. ^ "VERIDIA – Chart History: Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  35. ^ "VERIDIA – Chart History: Christian Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  36. ^ 2015 SBENU LOL Champions Korea Summer Openning Title / 2015 스베누 롤챔스 서머 오프닝 타이틀. YouTube. June 25, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015.

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