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Formed in 2004 by vocalist Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null, Saving Abel combine riff-heavy hard rock with sexually charged lyrics and Southern rock influences. The quintet took root in Corinth, MS, where Weeks and Null cut their teeth in different bands before merging their songwriting talents. In early 2005, the duo attracted attention from producer Skidd Mills, who invited Weeks and Null to record in his Memphis studio. Juggling day jobs and regional gigs, the two began driving back and forth between Corinth and Memphis, sporadically recording their self-titled EP with Mills while putting together a full lineup consisting of guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor, and drummer Blake Dixon.
Within a year, the EP had earned Saving Abel a contract with Virgin Records, and Mills returned to produce the group's full-length debut. Combining new material with the EP's best songs, the self-titled album was issued in March 2008. It went gold within a year, with the lead single "Addicted" cracking the Top 40 and nearly topping the modern rock charts. While touring the country in support of the album, Saving Abel began playing new material, most of which appeared on the sophomore album Miss America in 2010.
Saving Abel is an American rock music group from Corinth, Mississippi, who were started in 2004 by Jared Weeks and Jason Null. The band title is from the ancient biblical story of Cain and Abel, that is about a brother who killed his own brother. Band member Jason Null thought up the band title saying “I Googled the story of Cain and Abel and found a line about ‘there was no saving Abel,’ which just jumped out at me.”
Lead singer and founding member Jared Weeks left the band to pursue a solo career. Scott Austin replaced Weeks as the lead singer."Biography". Saving Abel Official website. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2012. https://www.facebook.com/savingabel/posts/10151773257311831
Jared Weeks and Jason Null began forming Saving Abel in the small town of Corinth, Mississippi in 2004. Weeks was learning to play the guitar at his best friend’s house and Null, who was in a competing rock band in the same town, walked in to rehearse. Null and Weeks hit it off, and a couple of days later the two were writing songs together. Early in 2005, their songs caught the ear of noted producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, ZZ Top, Saliva, and Robert Cray), who brought the two into his 747 Studio in Memphis Tennessee to record some of the songs.
Saving Abel gradually came together with the addition of guitar player Scott Bartlett, bass player Eric Taylor, and Blake Dixon on drums. Weeks would throw Saving Abel demo CDs onto the stages of bigger bands that toured through Corinth. Weeks recalled of the time: "I used to work at a hospital. I’d have to be there at 4:30 in the morning drawing blood. I’d wake people up and stick a needle in their arm. I’d be walking around the hospital, singing ‘Addicted’ in my head, writing down the lyrics on patients’ clipboards and doctor script pads."
In 2006, Saving Abel released a CD under their own record label. After shopping the album around for almost a year, a copy of the song "Addicted" was heard by former Virgin A&R consultant Rick Smith and he e-mailed the song to CEO of Virgin Music Company Jason Flom. Mr. Flom immediately liked what he heard and sent A&R vet Kim Stephens (Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain) to watch the band perform in Jackson, Tennessee. "Addicted" was released in March 2008 as a single.
Their eponymous major label debut Saving Abel was released on March 11, 2008. The CD featured the lead song "Addicted", which rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs charts. On January 15, 2009 the CD peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard 200. The album received the certification of Gold in the week of March 16, 2009, because of the lead single. Some controversy surrounded "Addicted" because of the sexual nature of the lyrics, which some radio stations refused to play over the air. However, there was another version of the song that Saving Abel had recorded, changing one of the lines from "going down on me" to "rolling around with me" that radio stations throughout the country would play.
In the summer of 2009, Saving Abel embarked on a tour with Canadian rock band Nickelback during their Dark Horse Tour, along with Hinder and Papa Roach, bringing the band through Live Nation outdoor amphitheaters. In April 2009, the band struck down allegations that there was a rivalry with fellow tour-mates Hinder.
Virgin Music Company released the Saving Abel EP named 18 Days Tour on April 7, 2009. The EP contained an acoustic version of the song "18 Days" along with two new songs. In the latter part of 2009, Saving Abel headlined a U.S. tour with the bands Red, Pop Evil and Taddy Porter in supporting slots.
It was officially announced on February 22, 2010 that Saving Abel would play at the Rocklahoma 2010 Music Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. Saving Abel also went on to open for rock band Creed, with We Are the Fallen, American Bang, and Taddy Porter playing before them. They also played at several summer music festivals with Filter, Buckcherry, 12 Stones, Drowning Pool, Egypt Central, and Hellyeah.
The band worked on their second studio album Miss America throughout late 2009 and early 2010. During the making of the record, the song "The Sex Is Good" was somehow leaked onto YouTube. The new record, which offered a download-able only acoustic version of the song "The Sex Is Good," was released under Virgin Records on June 8 of 2010. The first single from the CD, Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood), was released earlier that year on April 8 and hit radio on April 26. The song went to No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock Song chart. "The Sex Is Good" was later issued as the 2nd single, reaching the No. 1 spot on the same chart in January 2011. The third single, which the record was named after, was the track "Miss America."
In 2011, Saving Abel embarked on a tour where they played at the Guantanamo Bay Army Prison, as well as many BBQ's, chili cookoffs, motorcycle rallies and State Fairs. Saving Abel also played for the American military in Kuwait (which is where the first gulf war happened in the nineties). The lead singer of the band also sang to sick children at the hospital.
On May 14, 2012, Saving Abel debuted their new single "Bringing Down the Giant". Their third album, Bringing Down the Giant, was released on July 17, 2012. They went on a Summer/Fall tour to promote their new album.
On April 20, 2013, Saving Abel performed in Waterloo, Iowa to raise funds for a community healing project to raise funds for the creation of Angel's Park in Evansdale, Iowa. The park was inspired by Elizabeth Collins, and Lyric Cook. The girls vanished in July 2012, and were found deceased in December. No arrests have been made. The park is to serve as sanctuary to residents of the Cedar Valley, to remember their own Angels.
On May 21, 2013, Saving Abel released information on their website regarding their upcoming EP release, Cracking the Safe, which was set to be released on August 6, 2013. The band's latest single, "Mystify", is available for download on their website.
On December 26, 2013, lead singer and founding member Jared Weeks posted on the band's Facebook that he would be leaving the band to pursue a solo career. Scott Austin, the front man of Trash The Brand, was announced as Weeks' permanent replacement as lead singer. The same day drummer Michael McManus announced his departure from the band via Twitter. No reason was given nor did Saving Abel comment on McManus leaving the band.Cite error: The named reference bandbio was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Leeuwis, Jermy (December 9, 2008). "Saving Abel to release self-titled". MusicRemedy. Retrieved December 28, 2012. Cruz, Rafaela (April 2009). "Interview With Saving Abel". Shave Magazine. Retrieved December 28, 2012. "18 Days Tour EP in Stores Today!". Saving Abel MysSpace blog. April 7, 2009. Retrieved December =8, 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help) "CLASS OF 2009: NEW SAVING ABEL HEADLINE TOUR!". Saving Abel MySpace blog. August 27, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2012. Corless, Michelle (April 21, 2013). "Concert for the Angels remembers Lyric and Elizabeth". KWWL (TV). Retrieved March 25, 2014.
MembersScotty Austin - lead vocals (2013-present)Jason Null - lead guitar, backing vocalsScott Bartlett - rhythm guitar, backing vocalsEric Taylor - bass guitar, backing vocalsSteven Pulley - drums
Former:Daniel Dwight - bass, backing vocalsBlake Dixon - DrumsRick Anderson - Drums (fill in drummer)Jared Weeks - lead vocals (2004-2013)Michael McManus - Drums (2011-2013)Inside sources have leaked that McManus was considered for the original line-up of Saving Abel, but due to other commitments Dixon took advantage of the situation and shortly after was asked to tour with the band. Although McManus seems to be the obvious choice, some of the band members are on record during interviews stating that the band will take its time in deciding who will be offered the permanent spot. Jason Null was quoted saying "1st things 1st," lets get the record written and recorded then we will focus on the obvious".