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Vertical Horizon
Vertical Horizon performing in 2010
Vertical Horizon performing in 2010
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1991–present
Past members
  • Keith Kane
  • Sean Hurley
  • Ed Toth
  • Steve Fekete
  • Jenn Oberle
  • Seth Horan
  • Ryan "Chopper" Fisher
  • Jeffrey Jarvis
  • Corey McCormick
  • Jason Sutter
  • Eric Holden
  • Craig McIntyre
  • Richie Noble
  • Donovan White
  • Andrew O’Brien

Vertical Horizon is an American alternative rock band, formed in Washington, D.C. Vocalists and guitarists Matt Scannell and Keith Kane started the band in 1991 when they were students at Georgetown University. The band have undergone multiple line-up changes since their formation, with Scannell overseeing every iteration as the band's leader. Vertical Horizon are best known for their Billboard number one single "Everything You Want", the title track to their third studio album. Other notable singles from the band's career include "You're a God", "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)", and "I'm Still Here".


Early years (1991–1998)[edit]

Vertical Horizon was formed in 1991 by Georgetown University undergraduate students Matt Scannell and Keith Kane.[1] In 1992, after graduating from Georgetown, the duo relocated to Boston and self-released their debut album There and Back Again.[2] Scannell and Kane toured as a duo for the next few years, mostly appearing with similar bands, such as Jackopierce. Their next album was 1995's Running on Ice, produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer), Doug Derryberry, and Scannell.[1] Drummer Ed Toth joined the band in 1996.[3]

The band released a live album, Live Stages, in January 1997.[4] In 1998, bassist Sean Hurley was invited to join Vertical Horizon.[5][6] The band's indie albums began to attract record executives from several record labels during the late 1990s.[1] The band signed with RCA Records in 1998.[1] RCA re-released Vertical Horizon's independent albums, with new packaging and graphics.[1] Before the RCA re-release, the band's first three albums had sold 70,000 combined units.[1]

Everything You Want (1999–2000)[edit]

The band's first album with a major label was 1999's Everything You Want.[7] It was a breakthrough album for the band.[8] Four singles were released from the album.[9] The album's first single was "We Are,"[10] which reached the Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at no. 21.[11] The album's second single was "Everything You Want." The song became a massive hit, reaching number one at the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Adult Top 40 chart and becoming Billboard's Most Played Single of 2000.[8] As of 2022, "Everything You Want" is Vertical Horizon's most successful single.[12] Two other singles from the album, "You're a God" and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)," were also hits; they peaked at 23 and 58, respectively, at the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[12]

The Everything You Want album was certified double platinum by the RIAA.[13]

Go and Go 2.0 (2001–2005)[edit]

Vertical Horizon's next album, Go, was released in September 2003.[14] Go was released while RCA was going through a major restructuring and as a result, the album received little support from the label.[15] The album's first single, "I'm Still Here," peaked at number 17 on the Adult Top 40.[16][better source needed] RCA did little to promote the album[17] causing Scannell to state "Without the label behind us, it just floundered and sort of withered on the vine, which is just a heartbreaker."[15]

Burning the Days (2006–2010)[edit]

Matt Scannell performing at Borders in support of 2009's Burning the Days.

Burning the Days was released on September 22, 2009, and was the group's first release after a five-year hiatus.[18] Singer/songwriter Matt Scannell has said that Burning the Days marks a shift in his songwriting, both musically and lyrically.[19] According to Scannell, "There is a lot more variety and quite a few different artistic moods on this record - almost different sonic landscapes... a lot of these songs feel like a faster tempo than anything we’ve ever done before."[19]

The late Neil Peart of the Canadian rock band Rush played drums on three songs on the album, "Save Me From Myself," "Welcome to the Bottom," and "Even Now." "Even Now" was co-written by Scannell and Peart, with Peart writing the lyrics and Scannell writing the music.[18][20][21]

On June 3, 2010, Keith Kane confirmed his departure from the band.[22]

Echoes from the Underground and The Lost Mile (2011–present)[edit]

Vertical Horizon announced in June 2011 that they had begun recording new material for a new album.[23] The album, Echoes from the Underground, was released on October 8, 2013.[24]

In June 2017, Scannell announced at a concert in Fairfax, Virginia, that another album was forthcoming. The band's seventh album, The Lost Mile, was released on February 23, 2018.[25]



  • Matt Scannell – lead vocals, lead guitar (1990–present)
  • Ron LaVella – drums, percussion (2009–present)
  • Mark Pacificar – bass, backing vocals (2016–present)
  • John Wesley – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2021–present)


  • Keith Kane – backing and lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1990–2010)
  • Andrew O’Brien – backing vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitar (1989–1991)
  • Ryan "Chopper" Fisher – bass (1995–1997)
  • Ed Toth – drums, percussion (1996–2005)
  • Seth Horan – bass, backing vocals (1997–1998)
  • Sean Hurley – bass, backing vocals (1998–2008)
  • Steve Fekete – rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals (2009–2012)
  • Jenn Oberle – bass, backing vocals (2011–2012)
  • Jeffrey Jarvis – bass, backing vocals (2013–2016)
  • Donovan White – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2012–2021)

Former touring musicians

  • Jason Sutter – drums (also studio) (2009–2010)
  • Corey McCormick – bass guitar (2009–2010)
  • Eric Holden – bass, backing vocals (2009–2011)
  • Jason Orme – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2011–2012)
  • Cedric LeMoyne – bass, backing vocals (2011–2012)
  • Matthew Robbins – rhythm guitar (2015–2018)



Studio albums


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Artist Profiles: Vertical Horizon". Billboard Magazine (page 98). May 21, 2001. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Vertical Horizon biography". TheVogue.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Budnick, Dean (1998). "Jam Bands": North America's Hottest Live Groups, Plus How to Tape and Trade ... - Dean Budnick - Google Books. ECW Press. ISBN 9781550223538. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "Live Stages - Vertical Horizon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Jisi, Chris (September 23, 1973). "Sean Hurley talks touring with John Mayer and how to succeed in the LA session scene". Guitar World. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  6. ^ Hall, Nancy (August 20, 2009). "Nancy Hall: Vertical Horizon bringing the '90s to Mohegan Sun - News - The Bulletin - Norwich, CT". Norwichbulletin.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Stewart, Allison (April 27, 2001). "Vertical Horizon is enjoying their hard-won success". chicagotribune.com.
  8. ^ a b "Vertical Horizon to headline World Food & Music Festival in Des Moines". Des Moines Register. August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Moser, John J. (July 27, 2018). "REVIEW: Vertical Horizon at Musikfest Cafe strong, but not everything you want; Tonic still has kick". mcall.com.
  10. ^ "Vertical Horizon Reveals Communication Breakdown Behind "We Are"". MTV News. Archived from the original on September 16, 2021.
  11. ^ "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. February 12, 2000 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ a b "Vertical Horizon". Billboard. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  13. ^ "Vertical Horizon Gets Ready To 'Go'". Billboard.com. July 2, 2022.
  14. ^ "Vertical Horizon Ready To Reacquaint Fans With 'Go'". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Vertical Horizon Plans New Album". www.alternativeaddiction.com. November 21, 2008
  16. ^ "Album Search for "go"". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "Vertical Horizon And Pat McGee to Re-Release". Alternative Addiction. May 5, 2005.
  18. ^ a b "Vertical Horizon Reveals Tracklisting". Alternative Addiction. July 11, 2009.
  19. ^ a b "Vertical Horizon Ready August Release". Alternative Addiction. July 6, 2009.
  20. ^ Peart, Neil. "News, Weather, and Sports". NEP.com. June 17, 2006.
  21. ^ Mover, Jonathan. "Matt Scannell on Neil Peart Artist P.O.V.". Drumhead Magazine. date unknown.
  22. ^ "Keith Kane Leaves Vertical Horizon". Alternative Addiction. June 9, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  23. ^ "Vertical Horizon Working On New Album". Alternative Addiction. June 21, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  24. ^ Matt Collar (October 8, 2013). "Echoes from the Underground - Vertical Horizon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  25. ^ "Vertical Horizon - The Lost Mile (2018, CDr)". Discogs. February 23, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2020.

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