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Shinedown Biography


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Birth Place: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Years Active: 2001 - present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Post-grunge, Southern Rock


Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few line-up changes followed and the band's current line-up consists of Smith and Kerch, the band's only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers and bassist and pianist Eric Bass.

“Leave a Whisper” was the band's debut album, released in July 2003. It peaked at #53 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified platinum. It featured successful singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart such as the #5 hits “Fly From the Inside,” and the popular cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Simple Man,” the #2 hit “Burning Bright” and”45” which peaked at #3.

In October 2005, the band released “Us and Them,” which went on to produce three singles, “Save Me,” “I Dare You” and “Heroes.” The lead single, “Save Me,” maintained the #1 position of the Mainstream Rock chart for twelve weeks straight, setting a record for the band. “Us and Them” peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA in November 2006.

Their third album, “The Sound of Madness,” was released in June 2008. A deluxe edition was released as well including three extra tracks, digitally. It was certified platinum and peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. Their first single, “Devour,” was their second #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. “Second Chance,” the second single was Shinedown's biggest hit to date reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and becoming their first Top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, peaking at #7. “Second Chance” has since gone double platinum. Other singles, including the title track, “If You Only Knew,” “The Crow & the Butterfly” and “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” were all #1 hits on the Mainstream Rock chart.