Kevin Martin of Candlebox and Royal Bliss

Kevin Martin of Candlebox and Royal Bliss

About Kevin Martin of Candlebox:
Martin and drummer Scott Mercado set out to start a band in 1990. Candlebox was formed in 1991 after guitarist Peter Klett and bassist Bardi Martin joined them. They gained a Billboard 200 top 10 hit in 1993 with their self-titled debut album, released by Maverick Records. The album's success was largely due to the single "Far Behind," a song written about two of Martin's friends who suffered heroin overdoses.[2] The single reached number 18 on the US Hot 100 and was a top 10 hit in both the US Modern Rock and US Mainstream Rock charts.

Candlebox released two more albums in the 1990s, but following several line-up changes and diminishing commercial success, the group broke up in an apparent attempt to be released from the Maverick label. Maverick considered Martin the sole remaining member of Candlebox and demanded a fourth studio album before finally terminating his contract in 2000. As a result, he would no longer receive album sale royalties while the other band members would. As of April 2011 Kevin has started receiving his royalties for all 3 Candlebox records.

Following Candlebox's demise, Martin became lead vocalist for the band The Hiwatts. The group recorded the album The Possibility of Being in 2002 and began touring in early 2003. In late 2005, Martin was asked to rejoin Candlebox to promote their The Best of Candlebox compilation. The band subsequently signed with the Silent Majority Group label and began working on a new album. In 2007, Martin recorded vocals with label mates Tantric for the song "The One" from their album, The End Begins. The new Candlebox album, Into the Sun, was released in 2008 and was promoted by an extensive tour.

In 2009 Martin was invited by three former members of the band Live to form The Gracious Few, a supergroup which also includes Sean Hennesy, a member of the Hiwatts who had also joined the re-formed Candlebox as rhythm guitarist for their live shows. The Gracious Few released their self-titled debut album in September 2010 and toured the US and Europe into 2011 to promote it. -

About Royal Bliss:
It has been nearly 13 years of bliss, Royal Bliss that is. Royal Bliss is modern rock with equal parts beauty and tragedy. The band has already been through enough to justify their own VH1Behind the Music episode complete with addiction, near death experiences, car crashes, and law suits.

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Royal Bliss started in a basement as a few kids who had a passion for music and a drive to succeed. Striving to further their own abilities while building their fan base at the same time was always the ultimate goal. The music has been a message to those who listened, evolving every step of the way. From the early days when the lyrics echoed that of a late night frat party, to the deep, meaningful, and sometimes cries for help, the process of evolution is undeniable.

When asked about the meaning behind one of the band’s songs, Middleton explained, Devils and Angels is about feeling like you’re stuck in the middle and having to make a choice. It’s kind of like the old cartoons when the main character would have an angel on his right shoulder telling him to do the right thing and the devil on his left shoulder telling him the opposite. The song is just about internal struggles.”

Royal Bliss has been making their mark across the country for years now. Constant writing, recording, and touring have helped build the success of the band. The wide variety of influences from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dog to Led Zeppelin and the Foo Fighters with everything in between have melded a sound that cannot be denied. In 2006 they caught the attention of Jason Flom(Kid Rock, Katy Perry) from Capitol Records. In 2009 their Capitol Records debut Life In-Between charted in the Billboard Top 200 and was #1 in Billboard Heatseekers.  More recently on January 24th 2012 they independantly released their highly anticipated follow up "Waiting Out The Storm" and cracked the top 10 on the iTunes Rock Charts and for the 2nd consecutive #1 album on Billboard Heatseekers. 

Their music is played across the country on the most popular Rock radio stations, and has been in mass rotation since. Touring with acts such as Buckcherry, Candlebox, Chevelle, Kid Rock, and Papa Roach has only increased the demand for the dynamic band from Utah. From the on-stage antics of front man Neal Middleton, to the energetic live shows, Royal Bliss continues to win fans over, all over the globe. -

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