Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
Skillet went through several line-up changes early in their career, leaving founder John Cooper as the
only original member remaining in the band.
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Christian rock, Christian metal, alternative rock, hard rock
John Cooper explained that it was a joke at first. Each starting band member was already in
a separate band, and all decided to start a side project. Since each other band had a different
sound and style to it, the side project was said to be like putting all of those styles in
a big skillet to come up with something unique, hence the band name 'Skillet'.
John Cooper – lead vocals, bass guitar
Korey Cooper – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Jen Ledger - drums, backing vocals, co-lead vocals
Seth Morrison – lead guitar
Kevin Haaland – lead guitar
Ben Kasica – lead guitar
Trey McClurkin – drums, backing vocals
Lori Peters – drums
Jonathan Salas – lead guitar
Ken Steorts – lead guitar
Dove Award for Rock Song of the Year - Not Gonna Die
Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year - Comatose
I'm 29. I'm not 21 anymore and I'm not looking to please anybody anymore, except the Lord. So those kind of things, I'm beginning to be a little more vocal and outspoken about it.
That's why I like doing what we're doing now. Not that I didn't like the Invincible-type music. It was fun to play, but I feel like this is more my style. I'm having a real good time playing this stuff.
John taught me the most about the structure of songs, and he listens to a ton of pop music. I don't really like pop music, but some many of the songs are so good that I've learned to appreciate that. Especially on this album, John's been able to create songs that really work with today's hot sounds.
I think it's really coming down to what I've learned on the road. You know, we're on the tour with 12 Stones right now. People all the time come down and say "Are 12 Stones for real? Are they really Christians?". I think it's coming down to everybody wants to find a hero. Me included.
Like if we had just started and people heard us on the radio. You know, when Creed came out and everybody was like, "they're a Christian band" and it was like, how do you know? "Because their songs are spiritual" or whatever. I think that when you've had a history like we've had of being very upfront, you know, we just say "Jesus" and do alter calls and worship ... the whole deal.