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Train Biography

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Birth Place: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1994–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Country Rock, Roots Rock

Train is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1994. The band currently comprises a core trio of Patrick Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Scott Underwood (drums, percussion).

Train, with a lineup that included original members Rob Hotchkiss and Charlie Colin, as well as Monahan, Stafford, and Underwood, achieved mainstream success with their debut album, “Train,” which was released in 1998 and featured the hit "Meet Virginia."

Their second album, 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter” brought the band massive popularity. The lead single from the album, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) ," was an international hit and won two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada and remains the band's best-selling album to date.

Their third studio album, “My Private Nation,” released in 2003 and continued the band's success. It was certified platinum in the U.S. with the hit "Calling All Angels."

Following the departures of Hotchkiss and Colin, the band released their fourth album, “For Me, It's You” in 2006, with Johnny Colt on bass, and Brandon Bush on keys. Despite a generally positive reception from critics, the album was commercially unsuccessful. Train then went on a three-year hiatus.

Returning in late 2009 with their record “Save Me San Francisco,” Train regained their former success with three of their singles off the album including the RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum certified international hit "Hey, Soul Sister," as well as "If It's Love" and "Marry Me.” The album itself has been certified gold by the RIAA. “Hey, Soul Sister” won the Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.