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Falling Up
Origin Albany, Oregon, United States
Genres Experimental rock
Alternative metal
Years active 2002–2010
Labels BEC Recordings/Tooth & Nail Records
Associated acts The Send
A Dream Too Late
Website Falling Up Official Site
Former members
Tom Cox
Andrew Dub
Michael Humphrey (DJ Wax Wizard)
Joseph Kisselburgh
Adam Taylor
Micah Sannan
Jessy Ribordy
Jeremy Miller
Josh Shroy

Falling Up was an American, Experimental rock band from Albany, Oregon signed to BEC Recordings. The band's name is derived from the first song they wrote, which refers to how imperfect people are, but how sufficient the grace of God is to compensate for it. In harmony with their name, their lyrics are heavily grace-themed.

Falling Up describes their musical style as "core-rock" [1], which includes alternative metal instrumentation and power pop vocals, with other varying influences such as alternative rock, ambient, and rapcore, comparable to Linkin Park and Incubus.[2]



Falling Up debuted on February 24, 2004 with their 12-track album, Crashings. Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Kutless, Anberlin, Hawk Nelson, Capital Lights). Crashings sold 3,396 units in its first week, which exceeded first-week sales by any other album in the history of BEC Recordings—incidentally, that record had been previously held by Kutless, who are friends of Falling Up from childhood. Crashings sold over 50,000 units by the end of 2004. Three songs from Crashings—"Broken Heart", "Escalates", and "Bittersweet"—all reached #1 on the Christian rock charts at R&R.

Their second album, Dawn Escapes, was released on October 25, 2005 through BEC Recordings. Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Chevelle, Cold), the album, though more melodic and hard rock-driven as a whole, did not majorly deviate from the sound of Crashings. Dawn Escapes pushed Falling Up's lifetime record sales to over 150,000 by the summer of 2006; guitarist Tom Cox left the band shortly before the album's release.

On September 12, 2006, Falling Up released Exit Lights, an album featuring remixes of the band's biggest hits and the new song "Islander". Solomon Olds of Family Force 5, Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevan, and Randy Torres of Project 86 fame were among the artists who worked with Falling Up for the project. Guitarist Joseph Kisselburgh left the band in May 2006 to focus on his solo project, The Send, which released its debut album on Tooth & Nail Records in July 2007.

On the band's Myspace page, they announced the release date for their project, Captiva. The album was released on October 2, 2007. The first single from this album is "Hotel Aquarium", which can be heard on the band's PureVolume and Myspace page, or purchased on iTunes. The band later also posted their second single "Goodnight Gravity" on PureVolume, followed by "How They Made Cameras," "Maps," and "A Guide to Marine Life." They have recently finished filming a music video for "Hotel Aquarium," which can now be seen on YouTube. Jessy has told music video network TVU that they plan to start recording a new album around September, with a release likely in December. "Hotel Aquarium," was featured in X 2008.

Band members Jessy and Josh have also started side projects under the name The River Empires, and The Gloomcatcher, The River Empires are creating an album with the help of The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo. The Debut Record Release is April 6th, 2010 for both projects.

Falling Up's final, and most recent album, entitled "Fangs", was released March 24, 2009. According to their MySpace page, "Fangs" is their "heaviest album yet". It will be "more of an arrangement than just a record that is put together randomly" and one that "will not have 14 great songs in entirety, but just intriguing moments and sections". They've also let loose a name of one of the songs, which is to be titled "Lotus and Languorous". According to a BEC Recordings representative, a tour is supposed to coincide with the release.

In a recent blog entry, Falling Up's Jessy Ribordy announced that the band had completed the album entitled "Fangs" and that it will be about a "very very very fictional tale", including "a tiny bit of violence and some dramatic dialog". Jessy hired guitarists, keyboard players, and singers for the tour, and introduced them shortly.

According to BEC Recordings and Falling Up's myspace, Falling Up headlined the Fangs! tour in late April early May 2009 with Tooth and Nail artist Ruth and Portland indie/rock artist Archeology. Unlike past tours, the venues are strictly secular clubs.

It was announced on Januray 20, 2010 by lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy that Falling Up was "taking a permanent break," and their final show was at the Parachute Music Festival on January 29.[3][4]


Former members

  • Andrew Dub — Keyboard (2002-2003)
  • Tom Cox - Guitar, vocals (2002-2005)
  • Joseph A. Kisselburgh — Guitar, vocals (2002-2006, now is The Send)
  • Michael Humphrey (DJ Wax Wizard) - DJ, keys, programming (2003-2005)
  • Micah Sannan — Guitar (2005-2007, now in Disciple)
  • Adam Taylor — Keyboard (2005-2007, now does Hawk Nelson's merch)

Final line up

Touring Members

  • Daniel Hudleston — Guitar (2007 - 2010)


Title Date Label
Crashings February 24, 2004 BEC
Dawn Escapes October 25, 2005 BEC, Tooth & Nail
Exit Lights September 12, 2006 BEC, Tooth & Nail
Captiva October 2, 2007 BEC, Tooth & Nail
Discover The Trees Again: The Best Of Falling Up July 22, 2008 BEC
Fangs March 24, 2009 BEC


  • Escalates (Crashings) -2004
  • Broken Heart (Crashings) -2004
  • Moonlit (Dawn Escapes) -2005
  • Hotel Aquarium (Captiva) -2008

Guest appearances

See also


External links

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