fuse folk-rock with adult alternative rock influences.
(percussion) formed the Houston, Texas-based band at Texas Christian University in the summer of 1992. The group originally included
, who left the band shortly after its formation, but he continued to write songs with
. After spending some time playing locally,
began touring college campuses across the South, steadily building up a dedicated following of young Gen-X singles.
self-released their first album in June of 1994. In August of 1995, they released their second record. Both independently released albums sold over 10,000 copies apiece, and were distributed in Canada and the U.K. as well as America. The two albums, plus their live shows, led Musician magazine to call Caedmon's Call
one of the best unsigned bands in America. Such grassroots success attracted the attention of Warner Bros., which signed Caedmon's Call
in 1996 and released their major-label debut, the Don McCollister
-produced Caedmon's Call
, in the spring of 1997. Long Line of Leavers
was issued three years later, and despite a good reaction from their fan base, it signaled to the bandmembers that they desired more control over their sound.
The next year, In the Company of Angels: A Call to Worship
was recorded by the band, and its success in the Christian market led to their highest sales yet. When the album was nominated for several Dove Awards, Caedmon's Call
decided to continue to produce their own material and recorded Back Home
in 2002. The following spring Back Home
was released -- after which founding member Derek Webb
departed the group to pursue a solo career -- and the band hit the road with Jars of Clay
to promote the album. In 2004 the anthology Chronicles 1992-2004
arrived, as well as a new collection of songs called Share the Well
. In the Company of Angels II: The World Will Sing
was issued in March of 2006. The group's eighth and ninth studio albums, Overdressed (2007) and Raising Up the Dead (2010), found Caedmon's Call
collaborating with former bandmember Webb.