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Anberlin Biography


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Birth Place: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Years Active: 2002-present
Genres: Alternative Rock


Anberlin is an American alternative rock band from Winter Haven, Florida, formed in 2002. Since the beginning of 2007, the band has consisted of lead vocalist Stephen Christian, bassist Deon Rexroat, lead guitarist Joseph Milligan, drummer Nathan Young and rhythm guitarist Christian McAlhaney.

Members of Anberlin originally formed a band under the name SaGoh 24/7 in the late 1990s, releasing two studio albums before disbanding, with the members having a change in musical direction and name. Anberlin was formed in 2002; within a year of forming, they had signed with semi-independent record label Tooth & Nail Records.

Anberlin's first studio album, “Blueprints for the Black Market” (2003), was the first of three to be released on Tooth & Nail Records. The album's lead single "Readyfuels" spurred the album's sales upwards of 60,000 copies, but the album failed to feature on any national charts.

The band's second album, “Never Take Friendship Personal” (2005), peaked at number 144 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Heatseekers charts. Anberlin's first single to feature on a national chart came from the album, with "Paperthin Hymn" peaking at number 38 on the Alternative Songs chart. The album went on to sell over 150,000 copies, surpassing the previous album and their eventuating third album.

In December 2006, Anberlin released the “Godspeed” EP, featuring the upcoming third album's lead single "Godspeed". Their third album, “Cities,” was released in early 2007, peaking at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and selling in excess of 100,000 copies.

Following the album's success, the band announced they had signed with major record label Universal Republic. Their final release on Tooth & Nail Records was “Lost Songs,” a compilation album of b-sides, demos, acoustics and covers.

Anberlin released their fourth studio album and first on a major label, in September 2008. “New Surrender” peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest chart performance. The first single from the album was a re-recording of "Feel Good Drag", which was originally from “Never Take Friendship Personal.” It claimed number one on the Alternative Songs chart, after a record 29 weeks in the chart.

Their fifth studio album, “Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place,” was released in September 2010. It debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 31,000 units in its first week. It also opened at number 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, number 2 on Digital Albums, number 4 on Rock Albums, number 4 on Alternative Albums, and number 9 on Tastemaker Albums. The single "Impossible" reached number 5 on the Alternative Songs chart, and number 14 on the Rock Songs chart.