The Pleading: Original Aggressive Rock from Nashville, Tennessee

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History

From the formation of The Pleading in 2006 by guitarist Justin Peaytt, Drummer Brandon Sather, vocalist Jon “Cease” Owens and bassist Jeff Strader, audiences have experienced an emotional mix of powerhouse vocals and intense musicianship resonating with a passionate and personal message of life, love and the pain that it intertwines.

Truth being the heart of The Pleading’s purpose and passion, much of their music is created from the exposed truth of their own lives. The band’s comfortable and easy-going persona easily provokes audience members to share their own stories and experiences. Vocalist Cease’s introspective vulnerability further proves their relatability to a wide audience.

The band consistently pushes the envelope by facing tough, thought-provoking issues in their music. “Our music deals with drug abuse, loneliness, sexuality, depression, child abuse, divorce, suicide…you name it,” says Cease. “I’ve been told that some people find our lyrics to be a little…dark”, he says with a sly grin, “but we like to think of them as darkly optimistic. We might take you to a place that’s scary but we won’t leave you there!”

After a few years hiatus, The Pleading relaunched in 2015, with a new energy and new focus on their music, releasing their debut album, “Decay” in December 2016 and EP “Atrophy” in Spring 2019. Now, with Matthew Robertson on lead and Tyler Baxter on bass, the band is setting foot into an unknown future, but, one thing remains sure, they will continue to feature music that offers hope in the face of adversity and continues building on their original vision of creating deeply personal music that has an impact by delving into the heart of humanity.

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2 days ago

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Bassist Needed: Looking for a dedicated hard rock bassist. The band is preparing for an excellent opportunity with an upstart label (Metal Coffee Records / Artillery Music Group / UMG), and need someone who wants to be an active part of the band (writing, recording, gigging, sacrificing) and not a hired gun. Current songs are extremely personal, and focus on struggle, social issues, depression, suicide and overcoming it all. Member must be cool with the bands stance on LGBT+ acceptance, and equality of all. Average member age is 32, with members residing in Clarksville and East Nashville in Tennessee. If you, or someone you know might be interested, drop us a note and I’ll get you the social media links where you can hear currently released music if you are already not familiar. See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

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1 week ago

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It’s been a while, but we, are back at it! Getting ready to take on the world! See MoreSee Less

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For The Broken!

"Back in 2003, I was at a very low point in my life. I had just moved to a new town and gotten very active in the denomination that I had grown up in when one day the pastor pulled me to the side and told me that I was ‘no longer to participate in the life of the church’. He told me that I was still welcome to come and sit in the congregation because he ‘didn’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater’. This was completely devastating to me at the time. I was already in a bad place emotionally, and this pushed me toward the edge.

So, I made the 45 minute drive home from church that afternoon in tears. Would this be the day that I tried a 3rd time to take my life?

When I got home, I sat in front of my computer and started typing, as I do. And, what came out was not a song, but a poem; not just a poem, a suicide note written out in verse. And I hit print.

My intent was to leave that note on my computer that night, and end it all. But, about 8 o’clock that night, my dear friend Michael Smolen gave me a call, we would generally talk 3-4 times a week, and asked why it sounded like I had been crying. We talked for about 3 hours. He talked about struggles in his own life, and we had discussed the possibility of him moving to Tennessee from Portland that January. He, in those moments, gave me new hope and reason to carry on.

One short month later, while driving from Nashville to Clarksville he called me. He talked about how sad he had been and how he was really struggling. He mentioned wanting to take his life. This time we talked for about 30 minutes before my cell phone lost signal on the highway. But, by the end of those 30 minutes he was laughing and joking and I believed all was well. I didn’t even think twice about calling him when I finally got home.

Two days, I would call – no answer. A week – no answer. 2 weeks… I was extremely concerned. I logged into a music message board that I new he posted to and my heart fell. There were people posting about the ‘sad kid from Portland’ and the ‘idiot’ that took his life. Shortly after our call went silent, he made his attempt and succeeded.

Michael’s initials were my first tattoo. I had them placed on the inside of my right wrist so that I never forget him, his love of music, his compassionate heart.

Our song ‘Fade Away’ is 2 parts. Part 1 – the verses – were written in my response to Michael’s passing, what words I would say to him, how sorry I was that I was not more of a friend, or how I wish that I had known what to say. Part 2 – the bridge – is that poem that I wrote. My goodbye poem to the world. The poem and suicide attempt that Michael in his love and compassion saved me from.

I pray that Michael’s legacy lives on in that anyone pondering suicide realize that their passing is not victimless. There are those that will live on beyond you whose lives will forever be negatively impacted. It’s been 16 years. And, there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss Michael, that I don’t shed at least a few tears for him.

If you are contemplating suicide, I want you to know that I love you! That I’ve been there where you are. That your life is worth so much more than you or perhaps those around you give you credit for. I want you to know that there are those around you who truly love you. And, if you are considering based on how people around you are treating you, I pray you wait it out, surround yourself with people who love and care about you for who you are. The haters aren’t worth your time, and they most certainly aren’t worth your life. Overcome their hateful rhetoric by living, by loving and by dreaming. You are loved, and you ARE one of The Pleading!" – Cease, Vox"Fade Away" from the album "Decay" by The Pleading © 2016: The Pleading ℗ One of The Pleading For all things The Pleading: www.thepleading.us reverbnation.co…
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2 weeks ago

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So damn proud to have the one and only Kevin Grisham give us props this morning. And, can’t wait for you all to hear the new song that he is creating with us. He is pushing us, cracking the whip, and being more than a little masochistic, but, we are getting incredible results! See MoreSee Less

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We want to congratulate our brother and friend Kevin Grisham on his latest success with "11 Minutes" from Yungblud, Halsey and featuring Travis Barker! It is truly an honor to have you choose to work with us again. It hardly seems like 12 years since The Pleading first stepped into a studio with you, and we can’t wait to see how how all of our hard work pays off in our new single.Stream and Download 11 Minutes – yungblud.lnk.to/11minutes Music video directed by Colin Tilley Follow Yungblud yungbludofficial.com See MoreSee Less

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Getting it done with the incredible The Official Kevin DJ Dev Grisham on a brand new single! The energy is flowing! See MoreSee Less

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It’s with tremendous sadness, but understanding, that I announce that Tyler Baxter has decided to leave the band, and dedicate time to himself and his family. Tyler had quickly claimed a place in my life, both inside the band, and quickly become my motivation on stage, and my confidant off. You will always be loved! Now let’s start the search for a replacement for the band. – Cease See MoreSee Less

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"Run Away" – Single from the upcoming new ep by The Pleading © 2018: The Pleading ℗ One of The Pleading Audio Recorded/Mixed at: Mind2Mass Studio – Clarksvil… See MoreSee Less

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We’re hard at work preparing for the next step, and have been slow to post in a while, but, be assured big things are on the horizon! In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to yet, check out our good friend Tyler Baxter and his project TB & The Fuzz on APSU TVs Muses! You may also recognize our own Big Red, Matt Robertson, on Guitar!Welcome to Muses! Our guest this week is Tyler Baxter & the Fuzz. Created & Hosted by: D’Vontay Banks Featuring: Tyler Baxter & the Fuzz Technical Director: … See MoreSee Less

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Booking / Contact

For Booking:
Candice Lucas, Lucas Booking
[e] Candice@LucasBooking.com
[p] 931.338.7081

For Press/PR:
Nichole Peters, Jensen Communications
[e] nichole@jensencom.com

Promotion:
Wes Jaques, Metal Coffee PR
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