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Aaron Lewis of Staind        

Founding member of Staind; Country music singer and songwriter

At the heart of Staind's loud, angst-laden music are the confessional lyrics and introspective personality of frontman Aaron Lewis. While other post-grunge bands were successful in mining the dark caverns once explored by Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, Lewis allowed his sensitivity to pour freely from his words and often pensive vocals, enabling Staind to strike a balance between heavy metal bombast and thoughtful, melodic rock.

Born in Springfield, Vermont, Lewis listened to folk music as a child. The son of divorced parents, he chronicled the emotional turmoil in his childhood with Staind, namely on tracks like "Epiphany" and "For You," from Break the Cycle. Like the late Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Lewis cast an unpretentious, no-frills image, exhibiting a brooding disposition and emotional vulnerability that troubled youths could relate to.

Lewis recorded his first album with Staind, Tormented, in 1996. Staind remained on the fringes of mainstream acceptance until "Outside," a live collaboration between Lewis and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst during the 1999 Family Values Tour, blew up on alternative and mainstream rock stations a year later. With only his acoustic guitar as his musical backing, Lewis delivered a raw, anguished performance of a song that Staind would later record in the studio for Break the Cycle. The track carved the path for Staind's subsequent commercial breakthrough.

Staind sustained a decade of popularity before Lewis broke free with a solo career in 2011, refashioning himself as a conservative country singer on his 2011 EP, Town Line. He had some success with the album but before he could capitalize on his country career, he reunited with Staind for an eponymous album in 2011. In 2012, he prepped his full-length country debut, The Road, which appeared toward the end of the year.

News


Metal singer Aaron Lewis finds second home in country music ...

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Aaron Lewis stands as one of the more unusual crossovers into country music, but the singer of the metal band Staind ...

Staind's Aaron Lewis reignites country music love on Kid Rock's bus ...

DETROIT, MI - Kid Rock's tour bus was a source of inspiration for Staind frontman Aaron Lewis after a show in the late 90s.

With country, Staind vocalist Aaron Lewis returns to his 'childhood ...

Aaron Lewis says when it comes to his music and creativity, he simply refuses to be told how to do things. The country artist, also known as vocalist and primary ...

Aaron Lewis: Staind frontman shows he's an outstanding stone ...

Aaron Lewis may have sold millions as frontman of the post-grunge group Staind, but his first solo album in the genre proves he's a born stone-country ...

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