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Killing Grace is a Hard Rock originals band started in Middle Tennessee in 2006 by Matthew Dee Edmondson, Clarksville, TN (songwriting/ lead vocals/ production) and Doug Barnes, Franklin, TN (songwriting/ guitar/ production) and former drummer Lee Darby . The mission for these three Middle Tennessee artists was to compose original Hard Rock Arena Anthems that are diverse, fresh and hot. 

“All you want to do is write the greatest song of your life…..every time.”

   

 


In The Beginning
Doug Barnes (guitar) contacted Matthew Dee (vocals) in 1992 for the lead vocalist position in a Franklin, TN based Rock Band called Radicult. After a year and a half of writing and rehearsing, they put out an independent EP called “Blind” in 1994. Showcases ensued at popular clubs all over Tennessee, most notably The Chug Club and Fat Daddy’s in Jackson, TN, The Cannery and Shirley Street Station in Nashville, TN, The Warehouse in Clarksville, TN and Wall Street in Murfreesboro, TN. After years of a heavy, riff oriented direction, Matt and Doug decided to start over in a new direction with more accessible, anthem style songs. This formula was the start of something new, fresh, and exciting, thus the creation of Killing Grace.

        

Past and Present
Killing Grace recorded their first CD, Ten Pound Bullet, in late October of 2007. Master engineer Michael St. Leon at Switchyard Studios in Antioch, TN mixed and mastered 80% of the CD, with JW from Hipp Studios (Hendersonville, TN) providing sessions on four tracks. The CD is an exceptional collection of Arena Rock anthems, hard hitting metal and Southern Rock overtones. Track number four “No Soul” was promoted by accident in San Diego by Dave Wagner of BleedStreet Studios by continuous plays on local stations. As exciting as this was, the men in Killing Grace decided to take the next year off to explore financing for future endeavors. Notable area performances include Graham Central Station and Windows on the Cumberland in Nashville, TN. The future is tomorrow,, and Killing Grace is here today!

Member Bios
Matthew Dee Edmondson – vocals – started in his first band at age 15 in Clarksville, TN. After a move to San Diego in 1986, Matt played with popular area bands including: Rose Arcana and Hatred. After answering an audition call for Dave Wagner (Alice Cooper/ Handguns and Heroin), Matt became lead vocalist and principal songwriter for Hollywood, CA favorites Dr. X. By age 18, he had sung on some of the most famous stages in Hollywood including The Whiskey-a-go-go, The Roxy, Gazzari’s, etc. A move back to Tennessee brought Matt back full circle to his musical roots. Matt concentrates on songwriting and lyric/melodies as well as vocals. Musical influences include: Geoff Tate, Sully Erna, Edwin McCain, Jeffrey Gaines and Chad Kroger. 


Doug Barnes – Guitar – started playing at age 16 and has been in numerous bands prior to becoming a part of Killing Grace (previously a member of Radicult). A natural songwriter with a strong sound and technique, Doug and his guitar (Black Betty) are Killing Grace staples. His riffs and hooks dominate the songs on the CD. Musical influences include: Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Slayer, and Pantera.


Colt Hendricks - guitar - started playing very early and had played years before with Mattman and Doug in Radicult. Colt cut his teeth on early Metallica and Megadeth, moving on to Trivium and speed metal influences. Colt is not only a world class guitarist, his stage presence is second to none, and his solo's are quickly becoming legendary.


Tony Hindman - Tony is a world class bassist and perfectionist, working on his craft every day religiously. Tony joined KG in early 2010 and jumpstarted their return to the music scene. St. Anthony (as he is affectionately called) has many, many influences from blues and acoustic southern stlyes to hardcore metal, and his riffs have inspired such gems as the newest KG songs (Sin Again Sunday, 17 Scars, etc.) and KG is PROUD to have such an amazing musician.


KG is SO happy to announce
ROB McKEE has joined our family. Rob has played with Witch hammer for 5 yrs , Empowered for 5yrs , Plow for 1yr and C.O.S. -Circle of Signs for 5 +yrs and is one of the BEST drummers we've EVER played with. Rob has come right in and melted the skins, the band is VERY happy to have Rob and we are looking forward to our future together!!!


 

 

 

Matthew Dee Edmondson

Tony Hindman

Doug Barnes

Colt Hendricks

ROB McKEE

 

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