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VERIDIA
VERIDIA 2014.jpg
VERIDIA in 2014. From left to right: Brandon Brown, Deena Jakoub, Kyle Levy, Trevor Hinesley.
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres
Years active 2013–present
Labels Word/Curb
Website veridiamusic.com
Members
  • Deena Jakoub
  • Brandon Brown
  • Kyle Levy
Past members
  • Trevor Hinesley

Veridia, often stylized in all capital letters as VERIDIA, is an American Christian alternative rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2013, the group now consists of Deena Jakoub (vocals), Brandon Brown (guitar), and Kyle Levy (drums).

On February 25, 2014, they released Inseparable EP, their debut studio release, on Word Entertainment, they released their second EP, Pretty Lies, on September 25, 2015.

Their song "We Are the Brave" is a Billboard U.S. Christian Rock Chart No. 1 single. It was also nominated for 'Rock Song of the Year' at the 2014 Dove Awards and featured during ESPN broadcasts of the NCAA Softball regular season and world series.

The group toured the United States with Evanescence in 2016.[not verified in body]

History[edit]

Beginnings (2012–2013)[edit]

VERIDIA formed when Deena Jakoub (vocals) and Brandon Brown (guitar) moved from Dallas to Nashville after the end of their previous band Don't Wake Aislin, in late 2012.[1] Seeking a new start with a fresh sound, they quickly recruited Trevor Hinesley (guitar) and Kyle Levy (drums) to round out the quartet (unnamed at the time) in December 2012,[2] they do not have a bassist as a permanent band member in the band, nor do they have one performing in a live setting.

In early 2013, the group began writing and demoing songs with various co-writers and producers in Nashville while trying to determine what they would name their newly formed group, they eventually settled on VERIDIA, a combination of the words "veritas" (Latin for "truth") and "veridical" (also meaning "truth").[2] Of the name, Jakoub says, "VERIDIA means 'of truth.' It's our creed, to strive for raw honesty in all that we do, being true to ourselves, the ones we love and in our music."[3] To include a form of "truth" as part of their name was inspired by Kahlil Gibran,[2] they call the naming process one of the biggest early challenges the band had overcome.[2] In a Q&A at Pulse Radio headquarters in 2016, guitarist Hinesley stated that the name for the band was almost "Aviara". "We had the dumbest band names in the world," he said. "Don't hire us if you need a band name!"[4]

Inseparable EP and Winter Jam (2014–2015)[edit]

The band playing at a venue in 2014

Before recording Inseparable, the band wrote more than 70 songs trying to develop their sound and find their identity as a young band.[5] Of those songs, they eventually narrowed the list down to 5 songs they would take into the studio with three different producers. "We Are the Brave," "Disconnected," and "Furious Love" were produced by Ian Eskelin; "Mechanical Planet" was produced by Matt Bronleewe; "Mystery of the Invisible" was produced by Stephen Keech (of Haste The Day).[6] Jakoub is quoted as to have been listening to bands such as Chvrches, Twenty One Pilots, and Panic! at the Disco while helping write songs for VERIDIA.[2]

On February 4, 2014, VERIDIA released an album trailer video on YouTube and launched an iTunes pre-order with "We Are the Brave" as an instant free track. And on February 24, the band partnered with HM Magazine to stream the album the day before it was released.[7]

The song was later picked up by ESPN for use in their television broadcasts of NCAA Softball.[8]

Veridia performing in 2014

VERIDIA was tapped to open Suburbia Music Festival in Plano, TX on May 4, 2014, the festival, produced by Live Nation and headlined by David Guetta, Alabama Shakes, and J. Cole, was the band's second show ever and first show in the Dallas metroplex, hometown of Jakoub and Brown.

A music video for "Disconnected" was filmed in Austin, TX with director Traci Goudie the week of May 5, 2014 and later released on July 21, 2014.

VERIDIA went on their first tour as the opening act for Red & Demon Hunter in August 2014.[9]

VERIDIA went to New Orleans, LA on Halloween (October 31, 2014) to open another music festival, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, which was produced by Live Nation and headlined by Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, and Skrillex.[10]

VERIDIA served as the opening act on Winter Jam West 2014 boasting attendance of 112,000 fans over nine shows across arenas in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon,[11] they will open for the East 2015 leg of the tour, playing 47 shows in arenas across the east coast, midwest, and south.

Pretty Lies EP (2015–present)[edit]

In mid-2015, the group released a set of five videos of acoustic songs not on the "Inseparable" EP, titled Summer Sessions; in April 2016, they released these songs as a free download called Summer Sessions, Vol. I.[12]

In 2015, they released their second EP, Pretty Lies, the title track featured vocals from Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire. The music video was released on March 10, 2016 and a commentary video, featuring Jakoub, and filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, was also released.[13]

In late 2015, VERIDIA began their first headlining tour, the "Only The Crazy Survive Tour",[14] for their tour, VERIDIA partnered with Mocha Club, an organization committed to helping people in Africa. "I am honored to be able to partner with an organization like Mocha Club who is helping change the lives of women in Ethiopia," said Jakoub. "The work Mocha Club does is close to my heart and something I've been passionate about for years, spreading awareness to end the sex trade that tragically spans our world. To use our tour and be able to share the stories of these women and support them directly is just a start, and we're so proud to stand with them in their triumph."[15]

In 2016, they went on a summer tour with band Random Hero and ILIA,[16] that September, they also played at Night of Joy for the second year in a row.[17]

On September 16, 2016, the band released "Still Breathing", to radio on September 23.[18] Being previously recorded on the Summer Sessions EP, it was rerecorded as full band electric song for the release.

On October 22, 2016, the band announced that Trevor Hinesley was leaving to focus on health and to spend more time with his family. "This is a decision that was not taken lightly, and we fully support and respect his reasons for making this change. He will always be our brother, and we’ll still be spending plenty of time with him when we’re home," stated the band on their Facebook account.[19] Hinesley would not join the band for their tour with Evanescence, but would play with them on the Christmas Rock Night in Germany in December, the band's first international show, on October 28, the band went on tour with Evanescence, opening in Dallas, Texas. On October 31, 2016, they released a music video for "Still Breathing", filmed in a haunted house in Nashville, Tennessee.[20][better source needed][21][better source needed][22][better source needed]

During the early months of 2017, Deena Jakoub's father had a health emergency, he later was reported at recovering, but on March 14, he died.[23] Jakoub went to Egypt, where he was from, for the first time to bury him according to his wishes.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heatseeker
[24]
US Christian
[25]
Inseparable[26] 4 17
Pretty Lies[27] 22 30
Summer Sessions, Vol. I
  • Released: April 7, 2016
  • Label: Word/Curb, Warner Music Group
  • Formats: free digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Christian

[28]
US
Christian Rock

[29]
US
Hot AC/CHR

[citation needed]
"We Are the Brave" 2014 1 Inseparable EP
"Disconnected" 40 12 12
"Furious Love" 34 8
"Pretty Lies" (featuring Matty Mullins) 2015 40 1 29 Pretty Lies EP
"Still Breathing" 2016 non-album track
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Media usage[edit]

List of songs featured on various productions
Song Where Type
"We Are the Brave" NCAA Softball (ESPN)[8] Television
"We Are the Brave" 2015 SBENU LOL Champions Korea Summer Opening Title[30][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "An Interview With VERIDIA…". Jesus Wired. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Introducing VERIDIA.." Word Label Group. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pulse 101.7 FM - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Artist spotlight part four: Veridia". The Red Ledger. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Inseparable - VERIDIA". All Music. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "HM Exclusive First Listen: VERIDIA's debut EP 'Inseparable'". HM Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Veridia featured on NCAA softball". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Run & Escape Tour Dates Revealed". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 Voodoo Fest lineup to feature Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys". Nola.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Winter Jam Brings Gospel to More than 112,000 on West Coast!". Premier Productions. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "VERIDIA Offers 'The Summer Sessions' EP For Free". www.newreleasetoday.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  13. ^ VERIDIA (2016-03-14), VERIDIA // "Pretty Lies" feat. Matty Mullins (Story Behind The Music Video), retrieved 2016-10-24 
  14. ^ "Only The Crazy Survive Tour 2015! | Veridia Music Updates". Veridia Music Official Website. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  15. ^ "Mocha Club and Veridia Announce Tour Partnership! | Veridia Music Updates". Veridia Music Official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  16. ^ "Random HERO BIG Summer TOUR w/ Veridia | ILIA". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  17. ^ "Night of Joy Overview". www.wdwmagic.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  18. ^ VERIDIA (2016-09-16), VERIDIA // "Still Breathing" [official audio], retrieved 2016-10-24 
  19. ^ "VERIDIA | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  20. ^ VERIDIA (2016-10-30), VERIDIA // "Still Breathing" [official music video], retrieved 2016-10-31 
  21. ^ "Instagram photo by Deena Jakoub • Oct 27, 2016 at 10:02pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  22. ^ "VERIDIA Debuts Music Video for "Still Breathing"". www.newreleasetoday.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  23. ^ "Instagram post by VERIDIA // ▽△ • Apr 7, 2017 at 5:42pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  24. ^ "Veridia – Chart History: US Heatseeker". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Veridia – Chart History: US Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Inseparable – EP by VERIDIA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Pretty Lies – EP by VERIDIA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  28. ^ "VERIDIA – Chart History: Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  29. ^ "VERIDIA – Chart History: Christian Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  30. ^ 2015 SBENU LOL Champions Korea Summer Openning Title / 2015 스베누 롤챔스 서머 오프닝 타이틀. YouTube. June 25, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 

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