Alternative,Hard Rock,Electronic Industrial

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Skillet is a Grammy-nominated Christian hard rock who mixes hard rock, funk, punk, fused together with pure energy, and a strong love for the Lord.  Skillet originally formed in Memphis, Tennessee. Skillet's current line-up consists of John Cooper (lead vocalist, bassist), his wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist), Ben Kasica (lead guitarist), and Jen Ledger (drummer, vocalist).  Skillet has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose.

Skillet formed in 1996 with two members: John Cooper, former vocalist for Tennessee progressive rock band Seraph, and Ken Steorts, former guitarist for Urgent Cry.  Coming from different styles of rock music, they decided to name the experiment Skillet. After Trey McClurkin joined the band as a temporary drummer. Skillet was only together for a month when they received interest from major Christian record label ForeFront Records. In 1996 they released a self-titled debut Skillet.

Skillet released their follow-up album,  Hey You, I Love Your Soul,  in April 1998.   With this release, Skillet abandoned their post-grunge approach for a lighter alternative rock and a style and Korey Cooper on keyboards to alleviate John's live performance duties.

Shortly before Skillet began recording for their third album, Invincible, Steorts left the band to be with his family, and Kevin Haaland joined the band as their new guitarist. The musical style on Invincible changed to a more electronic sound. Soon after the release of Invincible in early 2000, Trey McClurkin parted ways with Skillet, and Lori Peters filled the drummer's position. Invincible would be Skillet's best selling record thus far.

Skillet released their first worship album, and fourth album overall, Ardent Worship in Fall 2000.  Skillet released Alien Youth, the second recording to feature a heavy electronic sound, on August 28, 2001.  Before the release of Alien Youth, Haaland left the band, and Ben Kasica took over on guitar. The first single, "Alien Youth", was a major hit in the Christian market and drove Skillet into their first headlining shows.

Collide caught the attention of Andy Karp, the Head of A&R of Lava Records. In 2004 ,  Lava Records, a division of Atlantic Records bought the rights to Collide . On May 25, 2004, Collide was re-released under Lava Records, with an added track, "Open Wounds". Collide was yet another musical shift for Skillet. Citing Linkin Park and P.O.D. as inspiration for the musical shift on Collide, Cooper said "Well I’m one of these song writers, everything I hear goes through my John Cooper filter of what I like and what I don’t like... all these things... have been an influence on me."

By the time Skillet released Comatose in 2006 they were a dominate Christian rock band. Comatose features the singles "Rebirthing," "Whispers In the Dark," "Comatose," "The Older I Get," "Those Nights," and "The Last Night".  The album debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the US Top Christian Albums chart.  Comatose was certified Gold in sales by the RIAA on November 3, 2009

After releasing Comatose, Skillet toured with the likes of Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether and Flyleaf, followed by a solo headlining ranking within Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Top 50 Tours for 2008. Along the way, the Grammy-nominated alternative outfit also scored three top 40 singles on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts and earned a pair of BMI Songwriting Awards.

After drummer Lori Peters retired and was replaced by Jen Ledger, Skillet released, Comatose Comes Alive late in 2007.  The CD/DVD combo featured live recordings of the Skillet's May 9, 2008 concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Comatose Comes Alive CD also had a B-side with ("Live Free or Let Me Die") as a single, also with five acoustic tracks which you get by putting the Comatose Comes Alive CD in your computer.

Skillet's most recent studio album Awake was released on August 25, 2009 and charted at #2 on the Billboard top 200 selling around 68,000 units in its first week. It also tied the record for highest-charting Christian album on The Billboard 200 with Underoath's 2006 release Define the Great Line and Casting Crowns' 2007 release The Altar and the Door.  In the first week of April 2010, Awake was released for the Rock band music store in Rock Band 2

In 2010, Skillet was nominated for 6 Dove Awards for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, including Group of The Year and Artist of The Year.

Classic rock riffs, swirling drums, monstrous hooks, and undeniably catchy choruses... hints of old school progressive rock mixed in with modern alternative flourishes... touches of classical influence as swelling strings intersect with sonic adrenaline rushes. Skillet's music is indeed a fusion unlike any other that has lifted Skillet to the heights of popularity in the the world of Christian and mainstream rock music.

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Album Title Year Label
Skillet1996Forefront Records
Hey You, I Love Your Soul1998Forefront Records
Invincible2000Forefront Records
Ardent Worship: Skillet Live2000Forefront Records
Alien Youth2001Forefront Records
Collide2003Lava Records
Comatose2006Lava Records
Comatose Comes Alive (W/Dvd)2008Lava Records
Awake2009Lava Records





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