Smalltown Poets

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Smalltown Poets
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Background information
OriginGeorgia, US
GenresChristian rock
Years active1996–2004, 2010–present
LabelsFriendly City Records
Websitehttp://Smalltownpoets.tv
MembersMichael Johnston
Danny Stephens
Byron Goggin
Kevin Breuner
Miguel DeJesús

Smalltown Poets is a Christian rock band formed in 1996. It was formed in Tifton, Georgia by high school friends Michael Johnston (guitars/vocals), Danny Stephens (keyboards), and Byron Goggin (drums), along with (then) Nashville musicians Kevin Breuner (guitar), and Miguel DeJesus (bass); the band has had 10 singles in the top 10.[1]

The band started under the name Villanelle.

Career[edit]

Smalltown Poets achieved recognition with their eponymous first album, released on Ardent Records in 1997; this release earned the band the first of its two Grammy nominations (Best Gospel Rock Album)[2] and numerous Dove Award nominations. In 1998 they released their second album, Listen Closely; the song "Anything Genuine" from that album became their biggest hit.[2] Their third album, Third Verse was released in 2000.[2] In 2004 they released their fourth studio album, It's Later Than It's Ever Been on BEC Recordings.[2]

Smalltown Poets went on hiatus several months after It's Later Than It's Ever Been, but regrouped in the fall of 2010 to produce a Christmas album, Smalltown Poets Christmas, in 2011 (co-produced and mixed by former Smalltown Poets drummer Matt Goldman). In anticipation of that full-length release, the band released a Christmas single in December 2010 titled "In the Bleak Midwinter."

In 2012, the Smalltown Poets released a digital EP, "Under the New Sun".

Smalltown Poets' second Christmas album, Christmas Time Again, was released on November 25, 2014, followed by live performances, they funded this project through a campaign on PledgeMusic which allowed fans to support the project and receive a digital download in advance of the release.[3]

A new album called Say Hello was released in May 2018.[1] Say Hello, like many of their early works, was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis.[1]

The fact that the band members don't all live in the same city makes collaboration difficult for them, although technology has facilitated their continued work.[2]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Other projects[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Longs, Herb. "Smalltown Poets Set To Release Eighth Studio Album May 11". The Christian Beat. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Watson, Kathryn (23 July 2015). "Where are They Now? Alternative Christian Rock Bands of the '90s: Caedmon's Call, Sixpence None the Richer, Smalltown Poets". Breath Cast. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ Francesco, JJ (2014-11-07). "Smalltown Poets Christmas: The Sequel". New Release Tuesday. NRT. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-15.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Smalltown Poets". 7ball (12). May–June 1997.
  • "Smalltown Poets". 7ball (23). March–April 1999.
  • "Say Hello Album Review" CCM Magazine Feature May 2018

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