Twice GRAMMY-nominated hard rock outfit Red got its street week underway with incredible momentum today as its third project, Until We Have Faces, saw No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart and simultaneously celebrated a fast rising No. 1 at Christian rock radio with the incendiary, “Faceless.”
Known as much for maintaining a rigorous touring schedule as it is for its incredible fan connection, Red members don’t miss a beat. With a day off from its place on the Winter Jam tour, Michael Barnes (lead vocals), Randy Armstrong (bass), Anthony Armstrong (guitar) and Joe Rickard (drums) hosted an exclusive fan-only event in its hometown of Nashville last night.
Red fans who participated in this event were contest winners traveling from all around the country, including Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida and Louisiana – some even crossed the border from Canada.
The event kicked off at 11 p.m. and ran until 2 a.m. during which the winning fans were offered tips to secret messages on the new album, treated to one-on-one hang-time with the band, cheered together at midnight to celebrate the official release date and experienced an acoustic performance.
“This was unlike anything we’ve ever done. It’s important that our fans know we value them. Red fans are the reason we get to do all of this,” shares bassist Randy Armstrong. “We love interfacing with each of them in person and online, and getting to hear their stories of struggle and success. We’re thankful for how they’ve supported us; it’s nothing we’ll ever take for granted.”
In addition to incredible sales and radio impact, the band is receiving acclaim from media:
“Red are really one of the last truly mainstream rock acts around. They’re heavy enough to bring in fans of more aggressive music, but friendly and catchy enough to cross over to contemporary rock fans. The sensational vocals of Barnes and the beautiful orchestral arrangements really help them separate from the competition.” – Bullz-eye.com ( http://www.esdmusic.com/2011/02/01/red-until-we-have-faces/)
“Every song has its place and purpose. Red has pulled together yet another fantastic release. Their methods have not changed, but have merely been tweaked and perfected. The use of orchestra instruments is perfectly incorporated. The message is bold and honestly placed. Until We Have Faces is heavy and beautiful…” -Thenewreview.net ( http://thenewreview.net/reviews/red-until-we-have-faces)
“Red knows how to throw down rock. Red hasn’t deviated from its core sound which is definitely working for them.” — HM Magazine
“Until We Have Faces is Red’s most mature album to date. Not only will this album be pleasing to longtime fans, but is sure to expand their popularity in the mainstream arena- reaching people who need to hear Red’s message of hope the most.” –Christian Music Review
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Nashville-based rock outfit RED, made up of MICHAEL BARNES (vocals), ANTHONY ARMSTRONG (guitar) RANDY ARMSTRONG (bass) and JOE RICKARD (drums), has logged an impressive 1,300 + live shows since releasing its debut album End Of Silence in 2006.
Since the emergence of the band’s debut, RED has delivered two Top Ten Active Rock, Three Top Ten Mainstream Rock singles and nine consecutive No. 1 hits at Christian radio. In addition, the band has maintained a near-constant presence on the road, performing alongside notable rock names such as Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Sevendust, Drowing Pool, Hinder, Flyleaf, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Seether, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Staind, Kutless, Trapt, Third Day, Switchfoot, Skillet and others. Rave reviews for the band’s live shows and albums have been featured in top media outlets including USA Today and Billboard.
The band has sold more than 700,000 albums across its first two album projects, both of which were nominated for GRAMMYs. Innocence & Instinct released with first-week sales of more than 40,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which made it the No.15 best selling album on Billboard’s Top 200 chart that week. It also claimed the No. 5 spot on iTunes Overall Albums chart. To date, Innocence & Instinct has scanned more than 260,000+ units. The sophomore project built on the momentum of End of Silence, which has scanned nearly 350,000 units and earned several awards and nominations.
RED is celebrating the release of Until We Have Faces by seeing No.1 on iTunes’ Overall Albums chart. Working again with award-winning producer Rob Graves, the anticipated third studio project unleashes a torrential outpouring of RED’s signature in-your-face rock. Look for massive online marketing and press campaigns, secured placement with AOL, YAHOO and MySpace and an aggressive licensing push as RED comes out swinging in 2011.