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Skillet Biography

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Skillet's John Cooper

Skillet in concert - 2013

Kim Jones
Skillet's John Cooper

Skillet's John Cooper

Kim Jones

Skillet Formed:

Skillet was originally formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 with two members: John Cooper (who had been the lead singer for the Tennessee progressive rock band Seraph) and Ken Steorts (former guitarist for Urgent Cry). Drummer Trey McClurkin came in to complete the line-up for the original band. Over the years, band members have come and gone (with the exception of John) and their sound has changed and evolved, but as any panhead can attest, they just keep getting better.

Skillet Members:

  • John Cooper – lead vocals, bass
  • Korey Cooper – keyboard, vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer
  • Jen Ledger – drums, backing vocals
  • Seth Morrison – lead guitar - joined in 2011
Additional Players on Tour

 

  • Jonathan Chu – violin
  • Scotty Rock — backing bass
  • Tate Olsen – cello

Former Skillet Members

  • Ken Steorts – guitar (1996–1999)
  • Trey McClurkin – drums, backing vocals (1996–2000)
  • Kevin Haaland – guitar (1999–2001)
  • Lori Peters – drums (2000–2007)
  • Ben Kasica - guitar (2001-2011)
  • Jonathan Salas - guitar (2011)

Skillet - The Early Years:

After Seraph and Urgent Cry both broke up, John Copper and Ken Steorts' pastor talked the two of them into joining forces to form a new band. They called themselves Skillet because they came from such different musical backgrounds that they felt like they were throwing everything into a skillet to see what they could cook up. Drummer Trey McClurkin rounded out the trio and in mere weeks, Forefront Records had signed them.

Skillet Discography:

Skillet Starter Songs:

Skillet Awards:

Dove Awards

GRAMMY Awards

Other Awards

Skillet on TV and in the Movies:

  • "Awake and Alive" will be on the soundtrack for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It was used for the November 2009 promo for the soap opera, One Life to Live.
  • "Best Kept Secret" and "Invincible" appeared in the movie Carman: The Champion.
  • "Come on to the Future" and "Invincible" were featured on the soundtrack for the movie Extreme Days.
  • "Hero" was used for the trailers of the 20th century Fox Film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
  • "You Are My Hope" and "A Little More" were featured in two episodes of the CBS show Joan of Arcadia.
  • "You Are My Hope" was featured on CW show America's Next Top Model.

Skillet and Sports:

  • "Hero" (from Awake) was used in the TV commercials for the NFL on NBC; it was the theme song for WWE Tribute to the Troops and Royal Rumble 2010 and it was played throughout the 2009 World Series (game 3).
  • "Monster" (also from Awake) was used in the episode "Jason: The Pretty-Boy Bully" on MTV's Bully Beatdown as well as on the WWE event 'WWE Hell in a Cell 2009'.
  • "Hero" and "Monster" were both included on the official soundtrack for the WWE video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010.
  • "Rebirthing" is the theme song for the Philadelphia Flyers when they hit the ice.

Skillet and Video Games:

  • "A Little More" can be added to the Christian video game "Dance Praise" via the Dance Praise- Expansion Pack Volume 3: Pop & Rock Hits.
  • "Hero" and "Monster" are on the "WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010" soundtrack.
  • "Monster" is a downloadable track in Rock Band 2.
  • "The Older I Get," "Savior," and "Rebirthing" can be played on the Christian Video Game "Guitar Praise" for PCs or Macs.

Skillet News & Notes:

Skillet Interviews

 

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