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Seraph

Alternative Rock
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

From the band's unofficial Myspace: “Seraph was a Christian rock band from the early 90's based in Memphis, TN. The band was first formed around 1989, and played several shows around the Midsouth area. They even played the Mid South Fair talent contest, which was broadcast on local television. There should be some VHS copies of that somewhere. They were the opening act for several big name Christian rock bands of the era, like Guardian and Mortal. In 1994, they were signed to Big Toe Records, and released a split EP with labelmates Urgent Cry; each band contributing 4 songs each.

Seraph split up during the early half of 1995. A year later, the lead singer, John Cooper, went on to form the Grammy nominated band Skillet with Ken Steorts (guitarist for Urgent Cry).

Seraph recorded only one album for Big Toe Records. It was recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Memphis, TN, and it was co-produced by Ken Steorts. This album was a split release between Seraph and Urgent Cry. Side 1 contained four songs by Seraph, and side 2 contained four songs by Urgent Cry (whose 4 songs were recorded and produced by Jimi Jamison from Survivor). This recording had a limited release on both CD and cassette.”

Discography

1994 Silence Big Toe Records

Silence

1994 Big Toe Records

Matt Crowning - Keyboards, tambourine, BGVs
John Cooper - Lead vocals, BGVs, rhythm guitar, trombone
Eric Stone - Bass
Randal Littleton - Drums and all percussion
Mike Salopek - Lead guitar

  1. Alone
  2. Silence
  3. Wild Honey
  4. Fading Love

From the band's unofficial Myspace: “By the way, that's John playing the trombone at the end of “Wild Honey.” Some of you may or may not know this already, but John played Trombone in marching band in both High School and College.

It's amazing to hear how John's song writing has progressed through the years. Every once it a while, I'll hear a phrase of music from Skillet that will remind me of what John was writing while in Seraph.”