Ronnie Winter of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Tue, November 14, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTrees
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1525112/
On September 11, 2012, John released the album "A Naked Twist In My Story" which peaked at #58 on the iTunes Top 200 Albums list as well as #19 on the top Alternative Albums list on iTunes. The body of work (his first since parting with Glassnote Records) is a re-record of the album "A Twist In My Story" with each song recorded in a fresh light. All the tracks were done with acoustic / orchestral production, catering to the fans who fell in love with his first album, "Awake".
Secondhand's next album was funded entirely by his fans via Pledge Music. It will be a full band album and is expected to be completed later this year.
The Back Story...
Ronnie and Randy began exploring music together at 7 and 8 years old. Their Grandfather gave them two acoustic guitars and said, "Here ya go! Learn how to play these! It's fun." They started learning to play by ear at first and were later professionally taught music theory by Ralph Coleman & Gregg Gausline. The two applied their symphonic training to form the band "R.A.F.M." (Radio Active Fungus Monkeys) with Randy's friend Roger. They played covers of Primus, The Beatles, and many others for a couple of years but eventually split up. Shortly after, Ronnie joined a punk rock band called "Burnout" with middle school friend Jesse Carroll. They did house shows and small concerts together for about a year. The two decided to start a fresh band and recruited Randy as their lead singer, the result would be the Christian metal band "Dishonest". They released 2 E.P.'s and performed all over Florida, developing a solid fan base. In Ronnie's spare time he experimented with singing and composition. Some of these notable songs where "Kins and Carroll", "Guardian Angel" and "Cat and Mouse".
The Birth of RJA...
Ronnie (the foundation of this new project) had his songs and style so then recruited friends that were musicians. Many came and went over the years but Ronnie and high school friend Duke Kitchens were its common denominators. Just before signing to Virgin Records (in 2005) Elias Reidy, Joey Westwood and Jon Wilkes joined the group. The rest, as they say is History....
Don't You Fake It
After signing to Virgin the band recorded its debut record. This album consisted of both new and previously written songs by Winter produced by David Bendeth (released in 2006). It featured Billboard charted singles "Guardian Angel" & "Face Down" along with 4 music videos.
Amidst the inevitable collapse and restructure of Virgin records the band was left without a label team. Despite this hurtle they recorded "Lonely Road" with producer Howard Benson. Shortly after recording, guitarist Elias Reidy left & Matt Carter joined. This album featured singles and videos for songs "You better Pray" and "Pen & Paper". The band was offered a "360 deal" by Virgin which was respectfully declined making them Independent in February of 2010.
The Hell or High Water EP
Signaling their departure from Virgin the band released E.P. titled "Hell or High Water" (produced by Ronnie Winter) featuring the trilogy of songs and their corresponding videos: "Choke", "Hell or High Water" and "Don't Hate". Having regained full creative control, the band returned to Winter's signature sound and vision of RJA.
Am I the Enemy
The band paired with The Collective Sounds to record their third full length album "Am I the Enemy" . Recorded and produced by John Feldmann, Am I The Enemy was released in 2011. It featured billboard charting singles and videos "Reap" and "Am I the Enemy". Later that year Wilkes, Kitchens and Carter parted ways with the band which opened the doors for Ronnie's brother Randy Winter and long time fan Josh Burke to join.
ET TU, BRUTE?
In March 2013 the band released their E.P. "ET TU, BRUTE?" recorded and produced by David Bendeth. Continuing Winter's original vision of RJA, this E.P. featured billboard #1 songs "Remember Me" and "Wide is the Gate". The band has since featured live percussionist Kris Comeaux, Tim Ross, John Espy, and John Hartman.
July 4th 2014 the band released their fourth full length record titled "4". This album was produced by Lee Miles (their pre record label producer) & Ronnie Winter, mixed by David Bendeth / Paul Lapinski, and mastered by Paul Lapinski. It features billboard charted singles "Right Direction", "California" and "It was You".
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