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From the formation of The Pleading in 2006 by guitarist Justin Peaytt, Drummer Brandon Sather, vocalist Jon “Cease” Owens and bassist Jeff Strader, audiences have experienced an emotional mix of powerhouse vocals and intense musicianship resonating with a passionate and personal message of life, love and the pain that it intertwines.

Truth being the heart of The Pleading’s purpose and passion, much of their music is created from the exposed truth of their own lives. The band’s comfortable and easy-going persona easily provokes audience members to share their own stories and experiences. Vocalist Cease’s introspective vulnerability further proves their relatability to a wide audience.

The band consistently pushes the envelope by facing tough, thought-provoking issues in their music. "Our music deals with drug abuse, loneliness, sexuality, depression, child abuse, divorce, suicide...you name it," says Cease. "I've been told that some people find our lyrics to be a little...dark", he says with a sly grin, "but we like to think of them as darkly optimistic. We might take you to a place that's scary but we won't leave you there!"

After a few years hiatus, The Pleading relaunched in 2015, and now features all original members as well as the addition of Matt Robertson on lead. In December 2016, The Pleading released their self-produced debut album "Decay", which offers hope in the face of adversity and continues building on their original vision of creating deeply personal music that has an impact by delving into the heart of humanity

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The Pleading will once again be returning to one of our favorite dive bars for a great night of music at The End in Elliston Place on Nashville's West End.

We will be sharing the stage with Ulyana, Jive McFly, Panda Forces, Famous Misfits, Bill Worrell Band & Anigma.

Tickets are available in advance from the bands for only $11.

This is an 18+ show!
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The Pleading and Friends Live at The End

June 11, 2017, 6:30pm - June 11, 2017, 11:45pm

The Pleading will once again be returning to one of our favorite dive bars for a great night of music at The End in Elliston Place on Nashville's West End. We will be sharing the stage with Ulyana, J...

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From Cease (#3): The greatest thing about lyrics is that though they mean one thing to me as a writer, the listener may relate on a completely different level. What I would like to do is share some of our lyrics with you, allow you to read them, take them in. Then, let me know what they mean to you. And, if you happen to be at a show, I may ask you to join us on stage and tell others what it means to you.

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"She" from the debut album "Decay"

She, she loved him more than words can say
She never looked away,
She, she gave herself to him each day
She gave away

She, she bore the pain of his dismay
She never turned away,
She, she hid the marks he'd leave each day
She hid away

She built a life together, union bound forever
Demons called her name, into the grey
He built a lie together, union bound to sever
Demons called her name, into the grey
Into the grey

He, he drug her deep into the fray
He'd force her more each day,
He, he tore her innocence away
He tore away

She built a life together, union bound forever
Demons called her name, into the grey
He built a lie together, union bound to sever
Demons called her name, into the grey
Into the grey

As our tears fall in her name,
They turn our silence into shame
For we hid away to pray,
while he stole her life away

She built a life together, union bound forever
Demons called her name, into the grey
He built a lie together, union bound to sever
Demons called her name, into the grey
Into the grey

She, she whispered final words today
She never walked away,
She, she fades to silence giving way
She fades away and she…
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From Cease (#2): The greatest thing about lyrics is that though they mean one thing to me as a writer, the listener may relate on a completely different level. What I would like to do is share some of our lyrics with you, allow you to read them, take them in. Then, let me know what they mean to you. And, if you happen to be at a show, I may ask you to join us on stage and tell others what it means to you.

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"Bitter" from the debut album "Decay"

Bitter years trapped inside of me
Empty tears from the one I used to be
Little one, lost from father’s love
Turning tide of anger’s sea

Empty tears in silence break down bitter walls
There’s nowhere left for me to fall
Child crumbles under mother’s desperate ways
Now that father’s gone away

Mother hears all I want to be
Now her fears force the child in me to see
Darker side of society’s own face
Selling flesh and soul of me

Empty words and promises calling out to me
It’s been so long since I was free
To run and play like so many times before
Since daddy’s gone, I play no more
Since daddy’s gone, I play the whore

My empty heart now shattered from the bitter life inside
There’s nowhere left for me to hide
In fear for life I raise my hands up to the sky
Dear father, God, alone I cry.
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Only 1 more day to get your $2 discount on the already discounted advance purchase price. That means you will get 7 bands for only $9! But the deal ends tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

The Pleading and Friends Live at The End

June 11, 2017, 6:30pm - June 11, 2017, 11:45pm

The Pleading will once again be returning to one of our favorite dive bars for a great night of music at The End in Elliston Place on Nashville's West End. We will be sharing the stage with Ulyana, J...

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Live at Springwater!

May 18, 2017, 9:00pm - May 18, 2017, 11:45pm

On Thursday night, May 18th, The Pleading will once again be returning to the oldest dive bar around as we take the stage at Springwater Supper Club and Lounge! We are excited to be sharing the stage ...

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From Cease: The greatest thing about lyrics is that though they mean one thing to me as a writer, the listener may relate on a completely different level. What I would like to do is share some of our lyrics with you, allow you to read them, take them in. Then, let me know what they mean to you. And, if you happen to be at a show, I may ask you to join us on stage and tell others what it means to you.

Here we go:

"Cold” from the album "Decay"
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Fear, I know your name. Secret’s out and now I hide
Tear my private shame, murdered soul - my shattered pride
Lust the victor king. Stolen heart denied to me
Rip my broken wing. Flesh my mind desires to see

You break my heart, you rape my soul
You burn my flesh and you left me out in the cold.

Hate this inner man. Vengeance now to rescue me
Lost, my life is damned. Tainted heart in silence bleeds
Fall upon my face. Forced the ground and now I bleed
Forged from my disgrace. Lie to life, my heart of need

You break my heart, you rape my soul
You burn my flesh and you left me out in the cold.

I, the blind, have been marked for death, insanity
Slave to unknown sin. Mirror breaking, blinding me
Why, reality, nuisance, insecurities
Kill this inner me, which has become my enemy

You break my heart, you rape my soul
You burn my flesh and you left me out in the cold.
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