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Blissed is a Christian hard rock band formed in 2002 by David Pearson. The original lineup consisted of David Pearson, Robert Sweet of Stryper, Trevor Barr, and Jeff Miller.
Debut EP and first album
Following the release of the group's debut recording, the EP entitled IIII, Blissed released its first full-length album, Waking Up The Dead, on KR Records in 2002. The album received extensive radio airplay throughout the United States and Europe, reaching the Top 50 on the CMJ charts as well as the Top 10 on the CCM charts.
Blissed began the Waking Up The Dead Tour in California and continued shows throughout the Midwest and Texas. The group then toured several European countries beginning in the Netherlands at a show with 4,000 in attendance. The group was then asked to headline the same Dutch venue the next day with four other bands on the ticket. Blissed then toured throughout Belgium, France, England, and Scotland. Promotional interviews during the tour appeared in Powerplay, CCM, Hebbez, Rock Tribune, and Metal Hammer.
After returning from Europe, Blissed's final leg of the tour included dates in Niagara Falls, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; New York City; Long Island, New York; Youngstown, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Battle Creek, Michigan; Wilmington, Delaware; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; and Wichita, Kansas.
At the tour's end in 2004, Blissed began to record new material for its next album, namely the tracks "Superhero" (written by Jeff Miller and David Pearson) and "Monster" (written by David Pearson and Trevor Barr). During this time, Trevor Barr parted ways with the band and Robert Sweet left to reunite with Stryper.
With the addition of two new members, Blissed lineup became David Pearson (lead vocals/guitar), Jeff Miller (lead guitar/vocals), Steve Boyd (bass/vocals), and Nathan Kojak (drums/vocals).
In 2006, Blissed released its second full-length album, Corrosive, on KR Records, with mastering at legendary Sterling Sound in New York. In support of the release, the group shot three high-definition music videos and began a 14-month tour which had the band performing coast to coast throughout America. Key performances included the Lakeshore Music Festival, the Joshua Music Festival, and Cornerstone.
Blissed's album, Corrosive, was nominated for the 2006 Hard Music Record of the Year and "Superhero" was nominated for the 2006 Hard Music Song of the Year.
In 2007, Blissed began recording its third full-length album, The End Of The World, (or EOTW) on KR Records. The album was pre-released on June 30, 2008, to promote the group's showing at Cornerstone 2008. Behind its first single and music video, "Justice", the band toured throughout the United States resulting in an ever-growing and dedicated fan base.
New recording label and two-disc release
After receiving increasing industry interest during its EOTW tour, Blissed signed with notable recording label, Wounded Records, which proceeded to issue a two-disc CD/DVD package release entitled Death Is Not the End. Disc One's CD included a remixed/remastered End Of The World (the band's third album) along with the two newly recorded tracks, "Come and Take It" and "Get Your Hands Up". Disc Two's DVD included the group's first live-concert video release.
As of 2013, the lineup for Blissed is David Pearson (lead vocals/guitar), Jake Taylor (lead guitar),Russell Raven (rhythm guitar), Sammy James (bass/vocals).
- Waking Up the Dead at AllMusic
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