Shinedown

Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few lineup changes followed, and the band's current lineup consists of Smith and Kerch, the band's only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers, and bassist/pianist Eric Bass. Since Shinedown's inception, they have released four albums: Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), and Amaryllis (2012), and a total of 17 singles. They have sold more than 6 million albums worldwide.

A fan since Leave a Whisper, I was more than thrilled to meet the original two members, Smith and Kerch and have a chance to talk to them. I just about fell over when I got my very own a capella version of ‘45’ sung to me. With great insight and wisdom, Smith says, “you have to fall down into a hole sometimes in order to figure out how you’re gonna get out of it…”. Watch our video interview for his full explanation of why “your pain is a gift”.

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mindyourmind interview with Shinedown