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Skillet
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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 1996-present
Labels Ardent
INO Records
Lava/Atlantic Records
Website http://www.skillet.com
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 1996.

Band members[change | change source]

Current members[change | change source]

Former members[change | change source]

  • Ken Steorts - guitar (1996 - 1999, founder of Visible School in Memphis, TN, a music and worship arts college)
  • Trey McClurkin - drums (1996 - 2000)
  • Kevin Haaland - guitar (1999 - 2001)
  • Jonathan Salas – lead guitar (2011)
  • Billy Dawson – rhythm and lead guitar (2000-2001)
  • Chris Marvin – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–2003, 2005–2006)
  • Faith Stern – keyboards, backing vocals (2002–2003)
  • Andrea Winchell – keyboards (2005–2006)
  • Scotty Rock – bass guitar (2009–2011)
  • Jonathan Chu – violin (2008–2015)
  • Drew Griffin – violin (2017)
  • Lori Peters - drums (2000 - 2008)
  • Ben Kasica - guitar (2002 - 2011)

Career[change | change source]

Debut titled-album and the Gasoline music video (1996-1997)[change | change source]

Skillet formed in 1996 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 1996 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.

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Gasoline
2. Saturn
3. Promise Blender
4. I Can
5. Splinter
6. Safe With You
7. Paint
8. Boundaries
9. My Beautiful Robe
10. You Thought
11. Darn Great Day

Hey You, I Love Your Soul and the More Faithful music video (1998-1999)[change | change source]

Skillet recorded their follow-up album throughout 1997, titled Hey You, I Love Your Soul, which was released in April 1998. 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.

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Hey You, I Love Your Soul
2. Pour
3. Scarecrow
4. Whirlwind
5. Dive Over In
6. Locked in a Cage
7. More Faithful
8. Your Love (Keeps Me Alive)
9. Take
10. Deeper
11. Suspended in You
12. Coming Down
13. Last Day Of Summer

Invincible and Ardent Worship and the Best Kept Secret music video (2000-2001)[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, Kevin Haaland joined the band as their new guitarist, and 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 2000, Trey McClurkin parted ways with Skillet, and Lori Peters filled the drummer's position.

In late 2000 (several months after Invincible was released), The band released the worship album, and fourth album overall, Ardent Worship. The band kept much of their sound from Invincible on their next studio album Alien Youth.[3] With little time between touring and recording.

Invincible Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Invincible
2. Best Kept Secret
3. Come On To The Future
4. You Take My Rights Away
5. Rest
6. The Fire Breathes
7. You're Powerful
8. Say It Loud
9. Always The Same
10. I Trust You
11. Each Other
12. The One

Ardent Worship Tracklist[change | change source]

1. You're In My Brain
2. Angels Fall Down
3. Shout to the Lord
4. Your Name Is Holy
5. Who Is Like Our God
6. Jesus Be Glorified
7. We're Thristy
8. Jesus, Jesus (Holy and Anoinated One)
9. Sing to the Lord
10. How Deep The Father's Love For Us
11. Safe With You (remix)
12. Be Thou My Vision

Alien Youth and the Alien Youth music video (2002-2003)[change | change source]

Skillet released Alien Youth on August 28, 2002, 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?]

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Alien Youth
2. Earth Invasion
3. Rippin' Me Off
4. Come My Way
5. Will You Be There
6. One Real Thing
7. The Thirst Is Taking Over
8. Eating Me Away
9. Vapor
10. Stronger
11. You Are My Hope
12. Kill Me, Heal Me
13. Heaven In My Veins
14. A Little More (originally was supposed to be on Alien Youth but didn't make the record, so he re-recorded the song and released it on Collide but there is a little clip of the original recording as a hidden track)

Collide and the Savior music video (2004-2005)[change | change source]

On May 25, 2004, Collide was released by Ardent Records and Lava Records. The album was nominated for "Best Rock Gospel Album" in 2005. 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]

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Collide
2. Fingernails
3. Open Wounds
4. Imperfection
5. My Obsession
6. Energy
7. Under My Skin
8. A Little More (originally recorded for Alien Youth but didn't get released on the record, so he re-recorded it and released it on Collide)
9. Savior
10. Cycle Down
11. Forsaken
12. Stand
13. Smile Again (never released)

Comatose and the Rebirthing music video (2006-2008)[change | change source]

Skillet's album Comatose was released on October 3, 2006. It features the singles "Rebirthing," "Whispers in the Dark," "Comatose," "The Older I Get," "Those Nights," "The Last Night", and "Better Than Drugs". The album debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the US Top Christian Albums chart.[7] In January 2008, Skillet announced that their drummer, Lori Peters, was retiring from the band, feeling that "it's time for her to come off of the road and start a new chapter in her life."[8] Peters' last concert with Skillet was on December 31, 2007.[9] However, during the 2007 Christmas season, she took the time to train Skillet's next drummer, Jen Ledger.[9] On October 21, 2008, Comatose Comes Alive was released; a CD/DVD combo featuring live recordings of the band's May 9, 2008 concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was shown on the Gospel Music Channel on December 5, 2008. Skillet's Comatose Comes Alive CD also had a B-side with "Live Free or Let Me Die" as a single, also with five acoustic tracks which purchasers could download by inserting the CD in their computer.[10]

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Comatose
2. Rebirthing
3. The Older I Get
4. Better than Drugs
5. Whispers In The Dark
6. Falling Inside The Black
7. Yours to Hold
8. Say Goodbye
9. Those Nights
10. Live Free Or Let Me Die
11. Looking For Angels
12. The Last Night

Awake and the Monster video music (2009-2011)[change | change source]

Skillet's eighth album, Awake,[11] contains twelve songs and was released on August 25, 2009.[12] It charted at No. 2 on the Billboard top 200 selling around 68,000 units in its first week.[13] "Monster" was released as a single on July 14, 2009. Contrary to popular belief, John Cooper stated that "Hero" was not the album's lead single. It was, however, released as a single in March 2010.[14] They also released a deluxe version with the extra songs "Dead Inside" and "Would It Matter", along with the original, radio edit of "Monster" that does not have the distorted growl as in the single and in the CD. A remix on "Monster" was featured on one of their popular podcasts.The song "Hero" was used in the publicizing of the first football game of the 2009 NFL season between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, and the song "Monster" was used in the episode "Jason: The Pretty-Boy Bully" on MTV's Bully Beatdown. "Monster" was the theme song for the WWE event WWE Hell in a Cell while the song "Hero" was the theme song for WWE Tribute to the Troops and Royal Rumble 2010, as well as both songs being included on the official soundtrack for the WWE video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. "Monster" would also become the theme song for the AHL team the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland, Ohio, being played in the player intros and after a Lake Erie goal, and serves as the opening theme of the Fresno Monsters of Fresno, California. "Monster" was aired at the beginning of several ACC football games on Raycom Sports during the 2009 season. In the first week of April 2010, "Monster" was released for the Rock band music store in Rock Band 2[15] It also tied the record for highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard 200 with Underoath's 2006 release Define the Great Line and Casting Crowns' 2007 release The Altar and the Door, as all three albums debuted at No. 2.[16] Skillet was nominated for six Dove Awards for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards.[17][18] Awake was certified gold July 2, 2010.[19][20] Also in 2010, Ardent released The Early Years, a collection of their songs from 1996 to 2003. On November 12, Skillet released an iTunes sessions EP consisting of songs from Comatose and Awake.[21] "Monster" was certified gold a day later.[22] On February 14, 2011, Skillet officially announced that longtime lead guitarist Ben Kasica would be leaving the band. Kasica was with the band for 9 years, contributing to the albums Alien Youth, Collide, Comatose, and Awake as well as the live album Comatose Comes Alive. He played what was planned to be his last concert with the band on March 20 [23] but returned and continued touring until a new guitarist was trained.[24] On April 16, Seth Morrison replaced Kasica as the lead guitarist, and now tours full-time with Skillet.[25][unreliable source?] Skillet announced the release of Awake and Remixed EP in early March 2011. The remixes were mainly done by Korey Cooper and Ben Kasica. On March 2, 2011, Skillet unveiled the album artwork for the album. John Cooper says the idea was conceived when Korey Cooper and Ben Kasica remixed the song Monster for their popular podcast. The four-song EP was released on March 22.[26] "Awake" was nominated for and won the "Top Christian Album" Award at the Billboard Music Awards 2011, and the song "Awake and Alive" was announced to be on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Soundtrack in May 2011.[27]

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Awake and Alive
2. Monster
3. Hero
4. Lucy
5. One Day Too Late
6. Would It Matter
7. Never Surrender
8. It's Not Me, It's You
9. Don't Wake Me
10. Should've When You Could've
11. Sometimes
12. Dead Inside

Rise with the Sick Of It music video (2011–2015)[change | change source]

On June 21, 2011 John posted to his Twitter account that the band rehearsed new music for the first time and that they are getting ready for a new album.[28] At a question and answer session before a concert, John Cooper said that they would be recording a new record in January/February 2012. However, the band was then scheduled to headline the WinterJam Tour. They planned to enter the studio at the conclusion of the Winter Jam eastern tour, approximately in May, for a release in late 2012.[29] In an interview with CCM Magazine, John Cooper described the new album as "a roller coaster ride". He states: "We have aggressive tracks, artsy and musical tracks, which is new territory for Skillet. A couple songs are classic American heartland anthems, and a couple songs are signature symphonic-classical rock Skillet. Guitars are dirty and edgier, with absolute shredding solos by Seth." One of the songs mentioned in the interview was titled "Salvation".[30] In an Interview on January 26, 2013 in Beaumont TX, John Cooper announced that the new album, Rise, would be coming out in May 2013,[31][32] but was later scheduled for a June 25, 2013 release.[33][34] In an interview with NoiseCreep, John Cooper stated the first single and music video is scheduled to be released by late April.[35] The first single from the album, "Sick of It", will be released to US Rock radio on April 23, 2013.[36] It was later confirmed that the first single, "Sick of It", would be released on April 9, 2013.[37] The album debuted at No.4 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on the Top Rock Chart and Christian Album charts selling 60,000 copies in US alone during the first week of the release.[38] On July 12, 2016, Rise was certified Gold by the RIAA.[39] The band performed the title track off Rise on the July 11, 2013 airing of Conan.[40] Skillet was nominated and won a Dove Award for Rock Song of the Year for their song "Sick of It".[41] Vital Signs, a compilation album released exclusively in Europe, was released October 13, 2014.[42][43]

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Rise
2. Not Gonna Die
3. Sick Of It
4. Madness In Me
5. Circus For A Physco
6. Freakshow
7. Fire and Fury
8. Salvation
9. What I Believe
10. Hard to Find
11. My Religion
12. American Noise

Unleashed with the Feel Invincible music video (2015–present)[change | change source]

On February 16, 2015 Skillet announced they were writing material for a new album with recording to begin in June with a potential release in the late half of 2015 or early 2016.[44] On April 8, Skillet released a preview of a new song, later revealed to be called "Out of Hell", on their social media pages.[45] On May 20, 2016 the album's title, Unleashed, was announced and later was released on August 5, 2016 on Atlantic Records.[46] A lyric video, "Feel Invincible", was also made available.[47] On May 26, the lyric video and digital single "Stars" was released, along with a preview for another song titled "Back From the Dead".[48] On June 6, it was announced that "Feel Invincible" was the theme song for TBS' E-League, the live video game tournament.[49] WWE announced on July 7 that it had chosen "Feel Invincible" as an official theme for WWE Battleground.[50] On July 8, the full version of "Back From the Dead" was made available for purchase online.[51] On January 27, 2017 the band released a new recording of "Stars" with an acoustic style, which was included in the film, The Shack.[52] On November 17, 2017, they released a deluxe edition, Unleashed Beyond, containing new material such as "Breaking Free", featuring Lacey Sturm and remixes of "Feel Invincible" and "The Resistance".[53]

Tracklist[change | change source]

1. Fell Invincible
2. Back From The Dead
3. Stars
4. Lions
5. Undefeated
6. Breaking Free
7. Famous
8. Burn It Down
9. Out Of Hell
10. The Resistance
11. Saviors Of The World
12. Watching For Comets
13. I Want To Live

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Worship albums[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Late 1990s[change | change source]

1997: I Can, Gasoline, My Beautiful Robe, Saturn (Skillet)
1998: Hey You, I Love Your Soul, More Faithful, Locked in a Cage, Suspended in You (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
1999: Take, Whirlwind (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)

Early 2000s[change | change source]

2000: Invincible, Best Kept Secret, You're Powerful, Rest, The One, Each Other, The Fire Breathes (Invincible)
2001: You're In My Brain, Angels Fall Down, Always The Same (Invincible)
2002: Alien Youth, Stronger, Rippin' Me Off, You Are My Hope (Alien Youth)
2003: Vapor, Kill Me, Heal Me, Eating Me Away, One Real Thing (Alien Youth)

Mid 2000s[change | change source]

2004: Forsaken, My Obsession, Savior, Open Wounds (Collide)
2005: Collide, Under My Skin, A Little More (Collide)
2006: Comatose, Rebirthing (Comatose)

Late 2000s[change | change source]

2007: Whispers In The Dark, The Older I Get (Comatose)
2008: Better Than Drugs, Yours To Hold, Falling Inside The Black, Those Nights (Comatose)
2009: The Last Night (Comatose), Hero, Monster (Awake)

Early 2010s[change | change source]

2010: Awake and Alive, Dead Inside (Awake)
2011: It's Not Me, It's You, Lucy, Forgiven, One Day Too Late (Awake)
2012: Should've When You Could've (Awake)
2013: Sick Of It, Rise, Not Gonna Die, Fire and Fury (Rise)

Mid 2010s[change | change source]

2014: What I Believe, Madness In Me, American Noise, Circus For A Physco (Rise)
2015: Salvation (Rise)
2016: Feel Invincible, Back From The Dead, Stars, The Resistance (Unleashed)

Late 2010s[change | change source]

2017: Breaking Free, Out Of Hell, Lions, Burn It Down (Unleashed)
2018: I Want To Live (Unleashed)

Tours[change | change source]

Skillet Tour (1996-97)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • Gasoline
  • Saturn
  • My Beautiful Robe
  • Safe With You
  • I Can

The Skillet Tour was a Skillet tour promoting their album, Skillet, It went from 1996 to 1997.

Hey You, I Love Your Soul Tour (1998-99)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • Gasoline (Skillet)
  • Dive Over In (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Hey You, I Love Your Soul (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Locked in a Cage (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • My Beautiful Robe (Skillet)
  • Saturn (Skillet)
  • More Faithful (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Safe With You (Skillet)
  • Your Love (Keeps Me Alive) (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Take (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Scarecrow (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • I Can (Skillet)

The Hey You, I Love Your Soul Tour was a Skillet tour that promoted their album, Hey You, I Love Your Soul, It went from 1998 to 1999.

Invincible Tour (2000-01)[change | change source]

2000 Setlist[change | change source]

  • You're Powerful (Invincible)
  • Dive Over In (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Hey You, I Love Your Soul (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Saturn (Skillet)
  • Invincible (Invincible)
  • Angels Fall Down (Ardent Worship)
  • Rest (Invincible)
  • Locked in a Cage (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Always The Same (Invincible)
  • More Faithful (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Your Love (Keeps Me Alive) (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • The Fire Breathes (Invincible)
  • Safe With You (Skillet)
  • Come On To The Future (Invincible)
  • You Take My Rights Away (Invincible)
  • Best Kept Secret (Invincible)
  • I Can (Skillet)
  • Gasoline (Skillet)

2001 Setlist[change | change source]

  • You're Powerful (Invincible)
  • Rest (Invincible)
  • Always The Same (Invincible)
  • Dive Over In (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Invincible (Invincible)
  • Saturn (Skillet)
  • Locked in a Cage (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • More Faithful (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • You Take My Rights Away (Invincible)
  • Angels Fall Down (Ardent Worship)
  • Best Kept Secret (Invincible)
  • I Can (Skillet)
  • Gasoline (Skillet)

The Invincible Tour was a Skillet tour that promoted the album, Invincible, It went on from February 4, 2000 to July 6, 2000 and April 25, 2001 to June 30, 2001.

Alien Youth Tour (2002-03)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • You're Powerful (Invincible)
  • Vapor (Alien Youth)
  • Gasoline (Skillet)
  • Stronger (Alien Youth)
  • Invincible (Invincible)
  • Locked in a Cage (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • One Real Thing (Alien Youth)
  • Angels Fall Down (Ardent Worship)
  • The Thirst Is Taking Over (Alien Youth)
  • Saturn (Skillet)
  • Always The Same (Invincible)
  • You Are My Hope (Alien Youth)
  • Earth Invasion (Alien Youth)
  • Kill Me, Heal Me (Alien Youth)
  • Will You Be There (Alien Youth)
  • Heaven In My Veins (Alien Youth)
  • More Faithful (Hey You, I Love Your Soul)
  • Best Kept Secret (Invincible)
  • Alien Youth (Alien Youth)
  • I Can (Skillet)

The Alien Youth Tour was a Skillet tour that promoted their album, Alien Youth, It went from June 15, 2002 to September 13, 2003.

Collide Tour (2004-05)[change | change source]

June 2004 to February 2005 Setlist[change | change source]

  • My Obsession
  • Energy
  • Best Kept Secret
  • Collide
  • Forsaken
  • Always The Same
  • A Little More
  • You're Powerful
  • Alien Youth
  • Fingernails
  • Locked in a Cage
  • Kill Me, Heal Me
  • Heaven In My Veins
  • Invincible
  • Angels Fall Down
  • Open Wounds
  • Saturn
  • More Faithful
  • Imperfection
  • Under My Skin
  • Will You Be There
  • Savior
  • I Can

July to September 2005 Setlist[change | change source]

  • Energy
  • My Obsession
  • Best Kept Secret
  • Always The Same
  • Kill Me, Heal Me
  • Saturn
  • Alien Youth
  • Locked in a Cage
  • More Faithful
  • Collide
  • Forsaken
  • A Little More
  • Heaven In My Veins
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Angels Fall Down
  • Savior
  • I Can

The Collide Tour was a Skillet tour promoting their album, Collide, It went from June 6, 2004 to September 23, 2005.

Comatose Tour (2006-09)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • Whispers In The Dark
  • Forsaken
  • The Older I Get
  • Energy
  • Collide
  • Rebirthing
  • Angels Fall Down
  • Open Wounds
  • My Obsession
  • Better than Drugs
  • Comatose
  • Yours To Hold
  • Those Nights
  • The Last Night
  • Savior
  • Best Kept Secret

Awake and Alive Tour (2009-11)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • Hero
  • Whispers In The Dark
  • Collide
  • Forsaken
  • Comatose
  • Angels Fall Down
  • Monster
  • The Last Night
  • The Older I Get
  • Awake and Alive
  • My Obsession
  • Yours To Hold
  • Dead Inside
  • Rebirthing
  • Angels Fall Down
  • Savior
  • Best Kept Secret

Rise Tour (2013-15)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • Rise
  • Hero
  • Monster
  • Not Gonna Die
  • Sick Of It
  • Whispers In The Dark
  • Open Wounds
  • Forsaken
  • My Obsession
  • Savior
  • Rebirthing
  • Collide
  • Comatose
  • Madness In Me
  • Dead Inside
  • American Noise
  • The Last Night

Unleashed Tour (2017-18)[change | change source]

Setlist[change | change source]

  • Feel Invincible
  • Whispers In The Dark
  • Not Gonna Die
  • Hero
  • Monster
  • Stars
  • Lions
  • Comatose
  • Awake and Alive
  • Back From The Dead
  • Rise
  • Dead Inside
  • Sick Of It
  • The Last Night
  • The Resistance

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". Tollbooth.org. 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.

Other websites[change | change source]