Contender Rising breathes new life into a stale and dying modern rock music scene. Powerful guitar riffs, soaring vocal melodies and pounding percussion are just a few of the tools that the band uses to create a sound that is powerful, distinct, and memorable. Five musicians with different influences and musical backgrounds, come together to create a sound that will take the listener on a journey through the perils of life, complete with every emotion along the way.
The riff driven, melodic style is created by the amazing combination of accomplished musicians that is Contender Rising. Having been called to Nashville by the bright lights and famed music scene, Vocalist Jarod Delgado became a founding member for Nashville favorite, Forgotten Fable. Jarod also released his own solo album "Don't Hold Back" which featured the track "Here and Now", a duet with Chris Volz of Flaw. Jarod brings heartfelt lyrics, soaring melodies and great hooks to Contender Rising. Brandon "B" Francis has been a driving force behind many Fort Wayne bands and has set his sights on bringing a guitar style and ability rivaled by none other than the best guitarists in the country, to the sound of Contender Rising. Guitarist Markus Wells is a seasoned veteran of the music industry. Having been in bands such as Hollow Drive, Frequency 54, and currently Sintonik, Markus brings his amazing style and presence to Contender Rising. Markus has a playing style that is fluent, aggressive, and melodic. Markus is a major contributor to the writing process for Contender Rising. Bassist Dan Edwards is also a veteran of the music industry. Dan has played in several successful bands, such as Blame it on Rio (Thriving Records), Rains, and Thematic. Dan Creates the groove with his signature style of bass playing. One of the most solid drummers out there, Shawn Spano is the rock and the thunder for Contender Rising. Shawn was a founding member and creative inspiration behind the Memphis, TN/Little Rock,AR band Finding Jimmy Hoffa (Massey Records), having written many of their fan favorites including Rain Will Fall (debut #1 on Indie Charts) and Love Abuse. After 5 years in the Memphis music scene, Shawn moved home to Indiana and set his sights on building Contender Rising from the ground up, to rival those that top the current rock charts. Shawn an accomplished drummer and guitarist in his own right, is a major contributor to the writing pocess behind Contender Rising.
Onstage, Contender Rising brings a show that is energetic, explosive, and entertaining. Collectively, the band has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in modern rock. Bands such as Shinedown, 10 Years, Crossfade, Saving Able, Bret Micheals, Drowning Pool, Evans Blue, Taproot, Flaw, and many many more.
Currently the band is in the studio, writing and recording songs for their debut release. Their debut album is being recorded with famed producer Mike Bailey (The Wedding, Sleepy LaBeef, Finding Jimmy Hoffa). It is temporarily slated for a mid summer release, to be followed by regional shows and tours.
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