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Something extraordinary happened on a rather ordinary day in April of
2008. After running a classified ad in the local newspaper, which
simply read “Singer Wanted”, band members TJ and Nick Gay and Kody
Meier were more than a bit surprised when a young woman clad in a
hoody, ripped jeans and smirk zipped up the driveway on a blue moped.
She chose to audition with “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. One, quick
unanimous vote later, Courtney Huyck was their lead singer… and Circus
Asylum was born. The band continued to play gigs around the Central Michigan area throughout the summer of ’08, but it wasn’t until TJ brought a
co-worker into the garage to jam with the band, that they truly found
their sound. Guitar player Zach Davis joined Circus a week later. The
following week, the band met a West Michigan local-turned-national band
named Pop Evil, who not only became mentors, but also friends to this
young band with so much promise, but little experience. By the summer of 2009, Circus Asylum was opening for nationals such as Smile Empty Soul, Pop Evil and Framing Hanley. They finished their self titled EP and embarked on their first national tour in Fall of ’09, which took them to L.A and back and had them playing notable venues such as the world famous “Whiskey a Go-Go”. With a national tour under their belt and an arsenal of music written and ready, the band entered the studio in 2010 with Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Trust Company) and came out with a nearly complete first full length CD ‘Welcome to the Carnival’. They toured throughout 2010 with
both Egypt Central and 12 Stones as they worked on material to finish
the project. January of 2011 had Circus Asylum playing as support for Pop Evil as they toured the Midwest and East Coast and finally returned to the
studio to record their debut single “Numb”, which was the final piece
of the project and the single that was worth the wait. “Numb” is set
for a radio release this summer.