02:18 PM on 08/30/12
Press ReleaseLike every band, one of the indiepop world’s recent breakout stars, HE IS WE, has gone through its share of ups and downs. From its early beginnings writing songs to post on YouTube to signing their record deal with Universal to releasing their debut My Forever, He Is We has had a lionshare of great things happening. Over the last few months, the band has gone through some rough patches due to ongoing health issues of vocalist Rachel Taylor, which made it impossible for her to tour. It was mutually agreed that He Is We should continue on their touring commitments, so in an unconventional move, the band decided to hire a touring vocalist. Together with their touring band Jake Randle (bass), Carman Kubanda (guitar) and Harrison Allen (drums), the chosen vocalist was Stevie Scott. Almost immediately, Stevie’s impact resonated with fans who welcomed her with open arms.
“Rachel is hands down one of the most talented individuals I know and have ever had the pleasure to work with,” explained acoustic guitarist/songwriter Trevor Kelly. “He Is We has been our baby since we were 18 and it's incredible to see how it has grown and affected people just as it has affected us.” With Rachel’s health making it impossible to continue, she has made the decision to leave the band. “Rachel has voiced that this is the right time to for her to step down for she has become unhealthy and restricted to what she can and cannot do with He Is We,” says Trevor. “I hope everyone supports her in this decision and continues to support her in any future endeavors she finds herself in.”
“As for the future of He Is We, I personally feel there is so much more work to be done,” he explains. “If there is one thing I'm certain of, it is the fact that I'm called to play music and share the message of love and compassion to whomever I can. So the band will continue as a full band with the guys (Jake, Harry, and Carman) contributing to writing, playing and touring as they deserve and understand the circumstances and message of He Is We. As for a singer, there is no one as genuine and honest I could think of to step up and take lead than Stevie Scott.”
“I feel so incredibly privileged and honored being asked to be a part of the He Is We family,” said Stevie. “This has been a dream come true of mine for quite some time. I'm so blessed and excited to get to add my colors and sounds to this next chapter in the He Is We story.”
Currently writing music for their sophomore album due in 2013, the newly-cemented band is hard at work focused on the next chapter for He Is We. “I know all of this seems unconventional and may be hard to understand,” Trevor explains, “but as a fan, I want each and every one of you to know I will never give up and neither will anyone else on the He Is We team.”
Their debut album My Forever debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart at #6 and on iTunes' Pop Album Chart at #3. They have been winning accolades in media from Alternative Press (“big enough for live sing-alongs and sweet enough for to soundtrack next year’s prom”) to AbsolutePunk (“For just a debut record, My Forever has set He Is We up for greatness”) to About.com (“If you love sweet, straightforward, melodic pop music, you owe it to yourself to listen to He Is We”).
HE IS WE is Trevor Kelly (acoustic guitar), Jake Randle (bass), Carman Kubanda (guitar), Harrison Allen (drums) and Stevie Scott (vocals). Their debut album My Forever was released on November 23, 2010 via Universal Republic.