The pop/rock quartet Lifehouse features singer/songwriter Jason Wade, who originally named the band Blyss during the group’s initial 1996 conception. After playing in various music scenes in Seattle and Portland, Wade brought Lifehouse to life in Los Angeles. Their thick sound was compared to Live and Matchbox Twenty, but Wade insisted Lifehouse was entirely original.
They inked a deal with Dreamworks after years of gigging in L.A. and released their debut album, No Name Face, in fall 2000. The album became a hit behind the single “Hanging by a Moment,” which was the most played radio track of 2001, and its success inspired the band to step back inside the studio.
With Brendan O’Brien at the boards, Wade and drumming collaborator Rick Woolstenhulme recorded their second album, Stanley Climbfall, throughout the spring and summer of 2002; it was released on Dreamworks the following September. Lifehouse returned in early 2005 with their self-titled third album. For the touring that followed its release, Wade and Woolstenhulme were joined by ex-AM Radio bassist/vocalist Bryce Soderberg. In June 2007 the group revisited their alternative rock roots with Who We Are, their fourth studio album.
The trio consists of Jason Wade, Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. and Bryce Soderberg, and an additional guitarist (currently Ben Carey) while on tour.
The song “Everything” was used in both the pilot and first-season finale episodes of the future hit WB drama, Smallville, and would go on to be placed on the series’ first soundtrack (Smallville: The Talon Mix). This began the long-standing affair between the band and the series, as Lifehouse would go on to have seven songs played during the series’ first four seasons, ending with a live performance in the fourth-season prom episode, and landing yet another song on Smallville: The Metropolis Mix (“You And Me (Wedding Version)”).
The song “You and Me,” also appears on the soundtrack to Smallville. One episode, “Spirit,” featured the band actually performing it and three other songs from the album (“Come Back Down”, “Blind”, and “Undone”) on the show. The song has also appeared on Boston Legal, Everwood and Medium.
Following the release of their fourth album, entitled Who We Are, Lifehouse went on tour with The Goo Goo Dolls and Colbie Caillat. The tour began June 15, 2007 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. The album features Wade, Woolstenhulme and Soderberg as its lineup. The band claims that the album will “rock a little harder” than their self-titled album, Lifehouse. The album was recorded in Kiefer Sutherland and Jude Cole’s recording studio, Ironworks Studios, in Los Angeles.
Other songs that were featured on television include “Who We Are” which was used in an advertisement on A&E to promote their original programming.
The song “Broken” appeared on the episode “Lay Your Hands On Me” of Grey’s Anatomy and “In Birth and Death” of Criminal Minds. The song also appeared on One Tree Hill February 25, 2008. Broken was also played in the season finale of MTV’s The Hills.
Shortly after his death, the band performed an acoustic rendition of George Harrison‘s “Something” on Last Call With Carson Daly. The band has also covered the Keane single “Somewhere Only We Know” live on Yahoo Music. Lifehouse has also stated that Keane is one of their favorite musical groups. In 2007, the band did a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Beast of Burden” for the Stripped Music Sessions. The band says that they wanted to “pay homage to the godfathers of rock”. Since the Stripped Sessions were released onto the internet, the band added that song to their setlist at concerts.
“Fairytales and Castles”, “What’s Wrong With That”, and “Fool” originally appeared on the indie record “Diff’s Lucky Day”, but re-recorded versions can be found on the album Hanging by a Moment, produced only in Australia and released on June 5, 2001.
Jason Wade recently wrote the song, “From Where You Are” for Allstate’s Teen Driving Program. The single was made available on iTunes on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Surprisingly, the song which had very little radio air-play and was not on any album, but was made available of purchase on iTunes, reached #40 on the Billboard charts. It was the first song that was written expressly for a commercial to make it onto the charts since 1972′s “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” .
Lifehouse released their own version of the holiday classic “Silent Night” on iTunes on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007.
2000 – No Name Face
2002 – Stanley Climbfall
2005 – Lifehouse
2007 – Who We Are
- adapted from Wikipedia