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Kutless

Background information
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Alternative metal, Alternative rock, Christian rock, hard rock, post-grunge
Years active 2000–present
Labels BEC,Tooth and Nail
Website Kutless.com
Members
Jon Micah Sumrall
James Mead
Jeffrey Gilbert
Dave Luetkenhoelter
Nick De Partee
Former members
Nathan "Stu" Stuart
Kyle Zeigler
Kyle Mitchell
Ryan Shrout

Kutless is a Christian rock band formed in 2000. To date they have a total of six studio albums including their latest, It Is Well. The band has also released a live album, Live from Portland.[1] Currently, they have sold over 1.5 million records.[2]

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Biography

Jeffrey Gilbert, drummer

Formed in Portland, Oregon as a Worship band named Call Box in 2000. They changed their name to "Kutless" before releasing their first three track EP followed up by their full-length album in 2002 on BEC Recordings. Kutless chose their name because of a specific Bible verse. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (NRSV). Because of this, the band says, "He took our cuts for us... leaving us 'Kutless'." Their first single was called "Your Touch". Their second single from their debut album, "Run", would go on to hold the record for the longest charting song in the history of the R&R Top 40 charts.

In 2004, after releasing their second full-length album, Sea of Faces, Kutless would go on their first headlining tour, X 2004. That same year, Kutless was slated to perform at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, but could not make it due to the airline canceling their flight. In 2005, Kutless released their first worship album, Strong Tower. After recording Strong Tower, but before it was released, bassist Kyle Zeigler and drummer Kyle Mitchell left the band to form VERBATIM Records, a nationally distributed record label based in the Portland, Oregon area. They were replaced with bassist Dave Luetkenhoelter and drummer Jeffrey Gilbert, who both came from the recently broken-up Christian rock band Seven Places. Kutless also went on the Strong Tower tour that year. Later in 2005, Kutless began recording their fourth full-length album. The album, Hearts of the Innocent, was released on March 21, 2006. The band followed up with a tour, also featuring Stellar Kart, Disciple, and Falling Up.

James Mead, guitarist and backing vocalist

On the March 28, 2006, episode of NBC's Scrubs, titled "My Bright Idea", a significant portion of the song "All Of The Words" from Sea of Faces was featured during the final scene. The episode hit an eleven week ratings high, and was among the first Scrubs episodes that can be downloaded on iTunes. Laura Hutfless from the William Morris Agency said, "Placing the Kutless song, 'All the Words', on Scrubs was truly a team effort. We at William Morris were all very pleased with the way the song was incorporated into the television show and are thrilled that millions of Americans have now been exposed to this incredible band. I'm confident that this is only the beginning for Kutless as they continue to give their audience captivating and inspirational music and win new fans everyday." Kutless’s video "Shut Me Out" has been placed on an exclusive Microsoft/Wal-Mart DVD give-a-way. Consumers who purchase the new Xbox game The Apprentice, featuring Donald Trump, will receive a copy of Kutless's new video. This is estimated to be in the hands of 350,000 gamers. Plus, Target Stores announced that the "Shut Me Out" video will play nationwide in all stores on Target TV (Red Channel) beginning in May (from Big Machine Media). Suzuki Motor Corporation announced that it will be the sole sponsor of the band's Hearts of the Innocent tour.

In May 2007, longtime Kutless guitarist Ryan Shrout decided to leave Kutless, after his daughter was diagnosed with a rare eye disease. Shrout chose to support his family during this time, and left Kutless to do so.[3] Another guitarist named Nick De Partee has since taken the spot of Ryan, and has recently been a tech for the band before playing guitar for them.[citation needed]

Kutless has left William Morris Agency as their booking company and now book through the DCB Agency which is owned and operated by their management company, Platform Artist Management.

The band's songs "Hearts of the Innocent" and "Beyond the Surface" are playable songs on the Christian Guitar Hero game called "Guitar Praise." [4] Their songs "Shut Me Out" and "Your Touch" were later featured in Guitar Praise's Expansion Pack 1. [5] Their song "The Feeling" appears on the video game Rock Band 2 as an extra downloadable song.[6]

The band are due to make a headline appearance at the "Ultimate Event" Christian concert at Alton Towers in the United Kingdom in May. It will be their debut UK appearance.[7] In 2009, the band released another worship album, It Is Well (Kutless album). It was co-produced by Dave Lubben.[8]

Members

Jon Micah Sumrall, lead vocalist
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Current

Former

  • Nathan Stuart, or "Stu" - bass (2000–2002)
  • Kyle Zeigler - bass (2002–2005)
  • Kyle Mitchell - drums (2000–2005)
  • Ryan Shrout - guitar, backing vocals (2000–2007)

Discography

Albums

Year Title Label(s) Status
2002 Kutless BEC Recordings
Tooth & Nail Records
2004 Sea of Faces BEC Recordings
2005 Strong Tower BEC Recordings Gold[9]
2006 Hearts of the Innocent BEC Recordings
2008 To Know That You're Alive BEC Recordings
2009 It Is Well BEC Recordings

Miscellaneous Releases

Year Title Label(s) Type of Release
2002 Kutless DVD BEC Recordings DVD
2006 Hearts of the Innocent: Special Edition BEC Recordings CD/DVD
2006 Live From Portland BEC Recordings Live Album (CD/DVD)
2007 Strong Tower: Deluxe Edition BEC Recordings Re-release

Music Videos

Year Title Album Source
2002 Your Touch Kutless Kutless.com/media
2002 Tonight Kutless Kutless.com/media
2003 Run Kutless Kutless.com/media
2004 Not What You See Sea of Faces Kutless.com/media
2004 Sea of Faces Sea of Faces YouTube Go
2005 Strong Tower Strong Tower Kutless.com/media
2005 Shut Me Out Hearts of the Innocent Kutless.com/media
2006 Somewhere in the Sky Hearts of the Innocent YouTube Go
2009 To Know That You're Alive To Know That You're Alive YouTube Go
2009 What Faith Can Do It Is Well YouTube Go

Other songs (not included in an album)

  • "More Than It Seems" - Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" - WOW Christmas (2005)
  • "Mary Did You Know?" - X Christmas (2008)

Singles

Year Title Peak Chart Positions Album
Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Hot Christian Songs
2002 "Your Touch" - - Kutless
"Run" - -
2003 "Tonight" - -
"Pride Away" - -
2004 "Treason" - - Sea of Faces
"Sea of Faces" - -
"Not What You See" - -
"It's Like Me" - -
2005 "Strong Tower" - 4[10] Strong Tower
"Draw Me Close" - 12
"Better is One Day" - -
"We Fall Down" - 26
2006 "Shut Me Out" - - Hearts of the Innocent
"Winds of Change" - -
2007 "Somewhere in the Sky" - -
"Promise of a Lifetime" - -
2008 "The Feeling" - - To Know That You're Alive
"Complete" - 18
2009 "To Know That You're Alive" - 41
"I Do Not Belong" - 38
"What Faith Can Do" 19 1 It Is Well

References

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