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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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Saturday night in Clarksville we will be performing at Mike's B&G from 9:30pm until 1:30am. This will be a great night to just come hang out with us, and have a good time. Hope to see some of you there! ... See MoreSee Less

The Pleading live at Mike's

June 24, 2017, 9:30pm - June 25, 2017, 1:30pm

On Saturday night June 24th The Pleading will be performing their first full night of music at Mike's Bar & Grill in Clarksville, TN. We hit the stage at 9:30pm, and will be holding things down until...

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On Saturday night June 24th The Pleading will be performing their first full night of music at Mike's Bar & Grill in Clarksville, TN. We hit the stage at 9:30pm, and will be holding things down until about 1:30.

This is a 21+ show, and we believe there will be a $5 cover at the door.

Come out and hang with us! This should be a fun night!
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The Pleading live at Mike's

June 24, 2017, 9:30pm - June 25, 2017, 1:30pm

On Saturday night June 24th The Pleading will be performing their first full night of music at Mike's Bar & Grill in Clarksville, TN. We hit the stage at 9:30pm, and will be holding things down until...

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We would like to thank The Radiomen for allowing us to come out and play last night, and all who came out to the show! It was a great night at a cool venue. If you are in or near Murfreesboro and haven't been out to a show at Autograph Rehearsal Studio, check it out. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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Special $2 off promotion is on once again. If you purchase tickets between now the June 7th from one of our band members, you can pick them up for only $9/each. That's $5 off the door price. What are you waiting for? ... 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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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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