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Skillet performing at a promotional acoustic show in Denton, TX
Background information
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Industrial rock
Christian rock
Hard rock
Years active 1986-2000
Labels Ardent
INO Records
Lava/Atlantic Records
Past members
John Cooper
Korey Cooper
Seth Morrison
Jen Ledger
Jennifer Buchholz
Trey McClurkin
Ken Steorts
Kevin Haaland
Chris Marvin
Ben Kasica
Lori Peters

Skillet was an American Grammy-nominated christian rock band from Memphis, Tennessee. The band formed in 1986.

Band members[change | change source]

Former members[change | change source]

  • Ken Steorts - guitar (1986 - 1990, founder of Visible School in Memphis, TN, a music and worship arts college)
  • Trey McClurkin - drums (1986 - 1991)
  • Kevin Haaland - guitar (1986 - 1991)
  • Faith Stern - keyboards, backing vocals (1992 - 1993, live shows only)
  • Chris Marvin - guitar, backing vocals (1992 - 2000, live shows only)
  • Drea Winchell - keyboard (1994 - 2000, live shows only)
  • Lori Peters - drums (1988 - 2000)
  • Ben Kasica - guitar (1994 - 2000)

Discography[change | change source]

Debut titled-album (1986-1988)[change | change source]

Skillet formed in 1986 with two members: John Cooper, former vocalist for Tennessee progressive rock band Seraph, and Ken Steorts, former guitarist for Urgent Cry. The two bands met through touring together, but those bands disbanded soon after, so John and Ken's pastor encouraged them to form their own band as a side-project.[1] Coming from different styles of rock music, they decided to name the experiment Skillet. After, Trey McClurkin joined the band as a temporary drummer. Skillet was only together for a month when they received interest from major Christian record label ForeFront Records. In 1986 they released a self-titled debut Skillet. It was well-received, and the trio continued to write new material as they toured the United States. One topic that comes up often among fans and the band itself, is the name 'Skillet'. John Cooper, the lead vocalist, explains that it was a joke at first. Each starting band member was already in a separate band, and all decided to start a side project. Since each other band had a different sound and style to it, the side project was said to be like putting all of those styles in a big skillet to come up with something unique, hence the band name 'Skillet'. The band name is still somewhat of a joke between the band members, especially Cooper, who claims to still not like the title.

Hey You, I Love Your Soul (1989-1991)[change | change source]

Skillet recorded their follow-up album throughout 1988, titled Hey You, I Love Your Soul, which was released in April 1989. Their second effort was a change in style from the band's first release. With this release, Skillet would abandon their post-grunge approach for a lighter alternative rock and style. His wife Korey was enlisted soon after to play keyboards live in order to alleviate John's live performance duties.

Invincible and Ardent Worship (1992-1994)[change | change source]

Shortly before the band began recording for their third album, Invincible, Steorts left the band to be with his family and launch Visible Music College, a modern music ministry college located in Memphis, and Kevin Haaland joined the band as their new guitarist. Korey Cooper joined the band permanently and played keyboards for the recording of Invincible. Because of this change, the musical style on Invincible changed to a more electronic sound.[2] Soon after the release of Invincible in 1992, Trey McClurkin parted ways with Skillet, and Lori Peters filled the drummer's position.

The band released their first worship album, and fourth album overall, Ardent Worship in late 1994. The band kept much of their sound from Invincible on their next album Alien Youth.[3] With little time between touring and recording.

Alien Youth (1995-1997)[change | change source]

Skillet released Alien Youth on August 28, 1995, which was the first album that John Cooper took on production duties. Before the release of Alien Youth, Haaland left the band, and Ben Kasica took over on guitar. The first single, the title track, was a major hit in the Christian market and drove Skillet into their first headlining shows.[source?]

Collide (1998-2000)[change | change source]

On November 18, 1998, Collide was released by Ardent Records. The album was nominated for "Best Rock Gospel Album" in 2000. Collide was yet another musical shift for the band.[source?]Citing P.O.D. as inspiration for the musical shift on Collide, Cooper said, "Well I'm one of these song writers, everything I hear goes through my John Cooper filter of what I like and what I don't like. [...] All these things [...] have been an influence on me."[4]

Albums[change | change source]

There was intended to be an album called Comatose, It was originally supposed to release in Fall 2001. International Releases: Canada same time as USA
UK - Skillet (1987), Hey You I Love Your Soul (1990), Invincible (1993), Alien Youth (1996) and Collide (1999)
Australia - Skillet (1990), Hey I Love Your Soul (1992), Invincible (1994), Alien Youth (1996) and Collide (1998)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Skillet – "Alien Youth" Album EPK". YouTube. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  2. Shari Lloyd. "Skillet – a Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Phantom Tollbooth2.
  4. Interview at MusicFaith Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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