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Vertical Horizon Biography


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Birth Place: Washington, D.C., USA
Years Active: 1990-present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Post-grunge


Vertical Horizon is an American alternative rock band that formed at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1991. The current line-up is comprised of Matt Scannell on lead vocals and lead guitar, Ron LaVella on drums, Jason Orme on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, and Cedric LeMoyne on bass guitar, and backing vocals. The band are known for their hit songs, “You're a God,” “Everything You Want,” and “Best I Ever Had,” from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Scannell started the band with fellow classmate, Keith Kane as a duo, and after graduating college the duo moved to Boston and self-released their debut album, “There and Back Again,” in 1992. The duo then hit the road and toured for a few years.

The band's second offering, “Running on Ice,” appeared in 1995 to a warm reception. The band then embarked on another tour in support of the album. By 1996 Vertical Horizon became a four piece, and “Live Stages” (1997) was released. The album prompted an offer from Sony BMG Music Entertainment/RCA Records. With a major label behind them the band began work on their next album, “Everything You Want” (1999). The second single off the album, “Everything You Want,” became a breakout single for the band as they dominated mainstream radio and went into rotation. The band followed up with “Go” in 2003; however RCA Records were going through some changes at the time which resulted in less support from the label for the album. The band parted ways with RCA in 2004 and signed with Hybrid Recordings in 2005, who re-issued “Go” with an additional new song.

The band went through some mild line-up changes and a short hiatus before releasing “Burning the Days” in 2009. The album marked a musical shift for the band, with Scannell citing, “There is a lot more variety and quite a few different artistic moods on this record - almost different sonic landscapes...a lot of these songs feel like a faster tempo than anything we’ve ever done before.” The album was well received by fans and critics alike. Currently the band is working on new material.