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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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Physical CDs Now Available at our Online Store!

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So, the Ernie Ball Presents competition that we have been posting about, has been a great way for you to help us get our message out to people who might not otherwise hear it. We know we will never have the points other bands have. We know we will likely not come close to winning, but, that's not what makes this so special. Having you guys get excited, and reaching out to those around you is incredible to see. If even 1 person is impacted by one of these songs, it's worth it. You guys are not only supporting us, but you are helping others who may need to hear what we have to say. You guys are incredible.

We would also like to let you all know how humbled we are by a comment that we received on the "Fade Away" video on the page. Numbers are nice, but knowing that what we are doing is appreciated is far more worthwhile, and the following was posted by the contest sponsors:
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Cease and Christopher R. Bright-Owens listening to something pretty damn special.

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We would like to thank everyone who came out last night, those new family members that we made that appreciated what we are doing, and those who may not appreciate it. We want to thank those who support Original music, especially original music like ours that digs deep and isn't feel good or your typical "sex, drugs, rock-n-roll" commercial rock. We could not do this without you!

We want to thank the entire staff at The Warehouse Concert Lounge and Event Center for always making us feel at home, and Samantha Knight for always standing with us.

But, mostly, we want to thank the service members, active & inactive, who came out. You place your hearts, minds, souls, families and very lives on the line for us each and every day. You serve our country with absolute selflessness. Far too often when you come home, if you come home, you are met by people who treat you like you are simply a pawn. Too many times we take you for granted, we take away your benefits, your housing, your dignity. We watch you as you suffer through PTSD, and some will cut you down or write you off as weak because of the Hell that you have lived through, a hell that we could never understand. Some even have the gall to claim you didn't fight or sacrifice hard enough.

We, everyone in The Pleading family, want to thank you for all that you do, all that you have gone through and the sacrifices that you continue to make both abroad and here at home. You inspire, you protect. You are all a member of this family and we are honored to have you.
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