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Candlebox Biography


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Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, United States
Years Active: 1991-2000, 2006-present
Genres: Hard Rock, Grunge, Post-grunge


Candlebox is an American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. Since their debut, the group has released four studio albums which have achieved multi-platinum and gold certification, as well as numerous charting singles.

Candlebox had the vigorous support of promoters and fans, and the band's persistence paid off when their self-titled debut was released in 1993 under Maverick Records. It sold more than 4 million copies and peaked at #7 on Billboard's album charts. “Candlebox” featured the hit singles "Change," "You," "Far Behind," and "Simple Lessons." "Far Behind" entered Billboard's Top 20 in July 1993, peaked at #18, and didn't drop off the charts until January 1994.

Their follow-up album, “Lucy,” was certified gold in 1996. Drummer Scott Mercado left the band the following year and was replaced by former Pearl Jam member Dave Krusen.

On July 21, 1998, Candlebox released their third studio album, “Happy Pills,” to marginal success. Krusen departed in 1999 and was replaced by Shannon Larkin of Ugly Kid Joe. Bardi Martin also left the band that year and was replaced by Rob Redick (formerly of Dig).

By 2000, Candlebox went on hiatus. Its members would pursuit other musical endeavors; in 2005, Kevin Martin recorded and performed as frontman of The Hiwatts. Peter Klett served as the leader of redlightmusic.

In 2006, Candlebox reunited with their original line-up and embarked on a three-month North American tour. They also released a "Best of" compilation on May 23, 2006.

Candlebox released its first album in 10 years, “Into the Sun,” on July 22 via Silent Majority/ILG records. The album was produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies) and features performances by both Scott Mercado and Dave Krusen on drums. The first single, "Stand," was released to radio in mid-May and Candlebox officially commenced touring in support of the new record in June 2008.

“Into the Sun” marks the band's first studio album since 1998's “Happy Pills” and the first collaboration between the original Candelbox lineup since 1996. "Stand" reached as high as #12 on the national rock airplay chart.

On July 4, 2008 Candlebox performed at the O'Fallon, Missouri Heritage and Freedom Fest in front of a record crowd. Two months later, the band released a live Album/DVD called “Alive in Seattle.”