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
and Killing Grace is here today!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!