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Emery Biography

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Birth Place: Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.
Years Active: 2001—present
Genres: Post-hardcore, Emo Pop, Melodic Hardcore

Emery is an American four-piece post-hardcore band from Rock Hill, South Carolina currently signed to both Tooth & Nail Records and Solid State Records and based in Seattle, Washington. Emery was founded in Rock Hill, South Carolina with the original lineup consisting of Toby Morrell, Devin Shelton, Matt Carter, Josh Head, Joel Green and Seth Studley. Emery moved to Seattle in order to reach a more music centered scene. While the band avoid the stigma of being labeled a Christian band, the members are all Christian, exploring a wide variety of lyrical themes in their music

Before signing with Tooth & Nail Records, Emery recorded 2 EP's, “The Columbus EEP Thee” and “The Weak's End” demo that they used to attract attention from labels.

“The Weak's End,” their debut full-album, was released in 2004, and it peaked at #39 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

They followed with “The Question” in 2005 peaking at #2 on the Christian Albums chart and reaching #45 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. In 2006, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards.

“I'm Only A Man” was released in 2007 and went to #4 on the Christian Albums chart while also peaking at #2 on the Rock Albums and #18 on the Alternative Albums charts. It peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200. “I'm Only A Man fulfilled Emery's contract with Tooth & Nail.

However, the band re-signed with the label and released “...In Shallow Seas We Sail” in 2009. The album became their first #1 album on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. It also peaked at #16 on the Alternative Albums and #20 on the Rock Albums charts while reaching #50 on the Billboard 200.

“We Do What We Want,” was released on in 2011 and reached #2 on the Christian Albums chart. It also reached #8 on the Hard Rock Albums and #76 on the Billboard 200 Albums charts. Shortly after announcing the release of We Do What We Want, founding bassist Devin Shelton announced he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from Emery