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Fuel Biography

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Birth Place: Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Years Active: 1993-present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Post-grunge

Fuel is an American rock band formed by guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie in 1989. Originally known as Small The Joy, they changed the group's name to Fuel sometime in 1994.

The band's full length debut, “Sunburn,” came out in 1998. "Shimmer" was the featured single and almost became a Top 40 hit while the other singles ("Bittersweet", "Jesus or a Gun", and "Sunburn,") received some airplay.

In 2000, after lying low for two and a half years, Fuel came back with their second album, “Something Like Human,” and scored a Top 40 hit in the U.S. with "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" which peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Something Like Human” proved to be a commercial success for the band, as the album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA on September 25, 2001.

The group's third album, “Natural Selection,” was released in September 2003 and debuted at #15 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The album spawned the hit "Falls on Me", which peaked at #52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for best engineered album, and the band contributed the song "Won't Back Down" to the “Daredevil” soundtrack earlier in the year. They released their greatest hits album “The Best of Fuel” on December 13, 2005.

The band then went through lineup changes, including the departure of lead singer Brett Scallions. Abercrombie and Bell took notice of American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, after he performed "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" on the show. Daughtry was subsequently officially offered a spot in the band and though flattered, Daughtry turned down the offer. Toryn Green was later confirmed as the new lead singer.

“Angels & Devils” featuring Green was released in 2007. The album debuted at #42 on the Billboard 200, selling about 15,000 copies in its first week. The album’s first single "Wasted Time", was released into rock radio and internet download and peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.