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Blessid Union of Souls
Origin Morrow, Ohio, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Jangle pop[1]
Years active 1990–present
Labels EMI Records
V2 Records[2]
Website blessidunionofsoulsonline.com
blessidu.com
Members
Eliot Sloan
Tony Clark
Bryan Billhimer
Shaun Schaefer
Former members
Jeff Pence
C.P. Roth
Eddie Hedges

Blessid Union of Souls (sometimes abbreviated to Blessid Union) is an American rock band from Morrow, Ohio that was formed in 1990 by friends Jeff Pence and Eliot Sloan.

The band's first studio album, Home, had some success which lay with its lead single, "I Believe". The song popularized the band with local-area DJs[3] and became one of their greatest hits.[4] Their second album, the self-titled Blessid Union of Souls, did not have nearly the success of Home, but this did not last long, as their third album, Walking Off the Buzz, spawned the hit single "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)".[5]

After the release of their greatest-hits album, Blessid Union of Souls: The Singles, which actually collected more outtakes and B-sides than previous hits, they released Perception. The band's sixth album, Close to the Edge, was released in 2008.

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History

Early years

Blessid Union of Souls formed in 1990 in Morrow, Ohio with guitarist Jeff Pence, vocalist Eliot Sloan, keyboardist C.P. Roth (who had been in Ozzy Osbourne's touring band) and drummer Eddie Hedges. Sloan and Hedges had previously played together in a band in the 1980s called The Movies. About this time, Sloan and Pence later played together in a band called Slamm.

The band was heavily influenced by the cowpunk scene that was burgeoning around the time they formed. They spent several years honing their craft in Newport News; their song "Oh Virginia" tells the story of their "second home."

The band's name came from when Eliot Sloan had the name "Blessed Union of Souls" in his head, but didn't know what to do with it.[6] In about 1990, he heard someone talking about "a union of souls blessed by God." He told the rest of the band members, who liked the name. The misspelling of "Blessed" as "Blessid" was to ensure correct pronunciation.[7]

In 1992, the band sent a demo to EMI Records who immediately offered them a contract and spread the word about them.

Home (1994-1996)

They began writing more songs in about 1993 for their debut album, Home. It took over two years to complete, but before it was released, DJs in the Cincinnati area began playing "I Believe," which would become the album's most popular single.

They finally released Home in March 1995. Later that year, it was certified gold by the RIAA. It is now certified platinum. The album released their major hit "I Believe," as well as Top 20 hits "Oh Virginia" and "Let Me Be the One," which was featured in the soap opera All My Children.

Blessid Union of Souls (1996-1998)

EMI Records collapsed in 1996, and the band re-signed to Capitol Records, adding bassist Tony Clark in the process.

They released their second album, Blessid Union of Souls in 1997. This album was not as popular as Home, but still released two Top 20 hits, "I Wanna Be There" and "Light in Your Eyes."

Walking Off the Buzz (1999-2000)

They released their third album, Walking Off the Buzz in 1999. This album was very popular due to "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)," a single from the album that became a summer smash hit of the year. Although it only reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, it received constant airplay, and many fans of the group were disappointed by how much of a "one-hit wonder" they had become.

2001-2005

Between 2001 and 2005, Blessid Union of Souls stayed away from the studio, but they released a greatest hits album that also featured a few non-previously-released songs that were recorded about 2000. During this time, they still toured. Roth and Hedges left the band in 2002 and drummer Kyle Robinson took over for Hedges for a short while until a permanent replacement was found. Robinson was previously a sound technician and a drum tech for the band. .[8]

Perception and reemergence (2005-2008)

At the end of this period, the band's fifth studio album Perception was released.

In the beginning of 2008, Blessid Union of Souls began touring with members Eliot Sloan, Tony Clark, Bryan Billhimer, and Shaun Schaefer.

Close to the Edge (2008-present)

Blessid Union of Souls's sixth studio album, Close to the Edge, was released on September 16, 2008 on Torque Records. Eight of its twelve tracks were taken from their previous album, Perception. There was only one single released for the album, "Could've Been with You".

Other projects

In 2000, several of the band's songs were scheduled for use during the production of a film entitled Standing at the Edge of the Earth by Fizzle Freak Productions. The film would have co-starred the band's bassist Tony Clark, and the rest of the band would have been featured in prominent roles as well. The film's production was canceled in around the end of 2000 due to legal and financial issues.

In 2003, the band released Blessid Union of Souls: Play Ball, an album about the Cincinnati Reds. The title track was used to promote the team in their first season in Great American Ballpark. This album did not receive much attention outside of Cincinnati.

In 2006, Jeff Pence headed a project in which the band contributed two tracks for Clutch Hits, a CD that featured a variety of artists who contributed songs about the Cincinnati Reds. The songs were entitled "Play Ball" and "Me, Marty, Joe, Ted & Louise." The project was a fundraiser for the Reds Community Fund.

Musical style

The band describes its sound as "rural soul."[9] Their style draws from a number of different influences.

"How we were raised, where we were raised - that's who we are. Jeff is from the country, born on a farm: that's where we get that grass-roots feeling - whereas I'm from a more urban place in environment and inspiration, and C.P. has classical training. We never wanted to be a straight, mainstream 'rock' or 'pop' band, we really like to tap into the different types of music we enjoy." –Eliot Sloan

The lyrics to most of the band's songs attempt to explain human relationships, a common topic in pop music. Sloan explained that "It's easy to be all lovey-dovey in the beginning, but two or three years into the relationship you have to restore what was there when things were new and fresh."

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

They also performed a track in Pokémon: The First Movie titled "Brother My Brother" and main theme for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls titled "It's Alright".

External links

References

  1. ^ Demalon, Tom. "allmusic (((Home > Overview)))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:d9ftxqyhldae. Retrieved May 26, 2009.  
  2. ^ http://www.geocities.com//patmil007/octt2782.JPG
  3. ^ TNT Booking's summary of the band's career. Retrieved October 23, 2008.
  4. ^ Home tracklisting on Blessid Union of Souls' official website. "I Believe" is the most played song.
  5. ^ CD Baby's review of Perception, which also describes the history of the band. Retrieved October 23, 2008.
  6. ^ An interview with Eliot Sloan
  7. ^ Jacobs, Jay S. (January 4, 2009). "PopEntertainment.com: Blessid Union of Souls interview about 'Close to the Edge.'". PopEntertainment. http://www.popentertainment.com/blessid.htm. Retrieved April 10, 2009.  
  8. ^ Blessid Union of Souls biography on Yahoo! Music
  9. ^ Blessid Union of Souls Biography







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