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Tonic Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: 1993–present
Genres: Post-grunge, Alternative Rock

Tonic is a rock band that was formed by vocalist Emerson Hart and guitarists Jeff Russo, who were childhood friends that had lost contact and ran into one another in Los Angeles in 1983. The duo went on to recruit drummer Kevin Shepard and bassist Dan Rothchild to round out the lineup. The band began to play gigs in and around the Los Angeles area before they signed a record deal in 1995 and put out their debut album, “Lemon Parade” in 1996. The album spawned the single “If You Could Only See,” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Airplay Hot 100 chart.

1999 saw their second effort emerge, “Sugar,” followed-up by “Head on Straight,” which earned the band two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Album. By this time drummer Shepard had left the band and there was a series of replacements for various albums with no permanent drummer. The band essentially became a trio with a revolving studio drummer.

The band decided to step away from the music world in 2004, while the members pursued other musical endeavors. 2008 saw Tonic re-surface with a tour and the release of a greatest-hits compilation. 2010 saw the band's fourth studio album, “Tonic” appear, followed by more touring.