March Artist Of The Month – Red

Red had smashing success come with the release of their latest album, Until We Have Faces, which came out at the start of February. I’ve chosen Red as artist of the month for several reasons: their astonishing success with their latest album, the fact they were going to be artist of the month in February but I never got around to making it so, and also the fact we seem to have a Red theme going on here at CCMForum. ( Completely unintentional by the way, I was just designing the site, and noticed we had just posted our review of their album, and their Conan performance is our Featured Video at the time. ) Well on to the main article now.

Starting out, the band consisted of lead vocalist Michael Barnes, twin brothers Anthony and Randy Armstrong, guitarist and bassist respectfully, drummer Andrew Hendrix, and guitarist Jason Raunch. Hayden Lamb later came in as the band’s new drummer after Hendrix left. Rob Graves, Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer, was chosen to produce the band’s debut album, End of Silence. The album received mainly positive reviews from critics, and had great success in the market reaching the 194th spot on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy in the best Rap or Rock Gospel Album at the 49th annual Grammy Awards.

The group’s success continued with the release of their second album, Innocence & Instinct, which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200. The deluxe edition would go on to reach the number two spot on iTunes Top Rock Albums chart, and the number five spot overall. This was the first album with drummer Joe Rickard, who at the time was the band’s touring drummer. He was later added as the band’s permanent drummer.

Rickard had been brought in as a replacement for former drummer Hayden Lamb who suffered injuries in the accident which inspired this album. The band’s van had hit a guard rail, causing the trailer with their gear to be knocked loose. This accident would be ultimately be one of the main inspirations behind the album Innocence & Instinct. Shortly after it was announced that Lamb would not be returning, it was also announced that Jason Raunch would be leaving the band to spend more time with his family.

At the 2010 Dove Awards, Innocence & Instinct would win a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year. Like Red’s previous album, Innocence & Instinct was nominated for a Grammy, at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

And that brings us to 2011. Red’s latest album, Until We Have Faces, was released February 1st and had shocking success. Reaching the number one spot on the iTunes album chart, and the number two spot on the Billboard 200, Until We Have Faces was the band’s most successful album to date. It received even more positive reviews and led to Red to become an even bigger name in music. Seven days after the release, Red made their television debut on Conan O’Brien, and also appeared on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno on the 16th.

What does the future have in store for Red and their fans? We’ll just have to wait and see. In the mean time, you can read our review of Until We Have Faces by clicking here. And be on the lookout for another Red album review, this time of the Deluxe Edition of Innocence & Instinct! Also, don’t forget to pick up Red’s music on iTunes! Or if you prefer, you can pick up Red’s music on Amazon here.