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It all began with song writers and long time friends, Johnny Corbett (vocals) and Evan Lee (guitar) in April of 2011, which consisted of only raw acoustic singer/songwriter style music known as The Johnny Evans Project. It was only supposed to be a studio project, but after writing and recording acoustic material, they decided that they wanted to hear full produced versions of their music, and the search for a band began. A local guitarist Van Hartsell was the first to join the group (August 2011) and agreed to take on the bass guitar role. Van had played in numerous bands, and his experience helped with the structuring of rehearsals, covers and original material. Brian Mathews joined as the initial drummer, who had an extensive background in drums and percussion. He helped the group tighten up their sound and get the group ready to take the music live to an audience. The group needed a band name, and after much debate over what that name should be.... well it is obvious what was chosen. A local band, Tastes Like Chicken, gave Fallen Child their first couple of gigs as an opening act, after which, FC quickly secured gigs locally and in surrounding cities.
As gigging became a major priority of the group, Brian quickly ran into conflict with his professional work and ultimately decided that he would not have the time to commit to the rigorous rehearsing and performing schedule the band wanted to take on and the search for a drummer began. After several unsuccessful attempts to secure a drummer that fit, Fallen Child reached back out to Tastes Like Chicken who recommended their backup drummer Zaire Scott. In December 2011 a tryout session was held for Zaire. It felt more like a rehearsal than a tryout and sounded surprisingly tight. They all immediately agreed to move forward and the Fallen Child sound took a major turn, completed by the addition of Dominique Adams on keys and synth.
The band spent 2012 gigging heavily and competing in a battle of the bands to see how their original music and live performance held up to the competition. The result... a winner of the 2012 Thunder Tower Harley Davidson Battle of the Bands. But that victory was short lived as Van could no longer gig with the band full tine and became a fill in bass and by November 2012 Fallen Child was looking for another member yet again. That search concluded as Dominique Howard came in and took them all by surprise with his skill and sticky groove style of playing taking the band from rock to groove rock and a set list change.
In March of 2013, Fallen Child competed in the 2013 Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising in Myrtle Beach and took first place. The preparation for this competition forced the band to increase rehearsals and re-work their original music which has become our current live sound. After gigging heavily through 2013, the band is moving back towards their roots, focusing on writing original music and studio work as well as consulting with industry professionals in an effort to really bring quality rock music to the local music scene and the industry as a whole. An EP release has long been under way and will be wrapped up in mid 2014.
The EP will include:
Believe - Reworked and Mastered
Freight Train - Rerecorded and Mastered
Sex and Candy Cover - Rerecorded and Mastered
Mug Shot - New Version