Natives of Franklin, Tennessee, the band is composed of brothers Caleb Chapman (born October 2, 1989)[ (vocals) and Will Chapman (born February 6, 1991)[ (drums), guitarist Scott Mills, and bassist Parke Cottrell. Caleb and Will are the sons of contemporary Christian musician, Steven Curtis Chapman. The band began working together while in high school in 2009. They have described their sound as "rock n' roll" with "stripped-down instruments", influenced by U2 and Cold War Kids. Originally named Caleb, they changed the name to Colony House in 2013, after an apartment complex where they had lived. They self-released three EPs, before releasing their debut album, When I Was Younger, on July 22, 2014. The lead single from the album, "Silhouettes", received alternative rock radio airplay, and was the most downloaded song on SiriusXM Alt Nation. The band made their television debut on September 29, 2014 on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Colony House's second studio album, Only the Lonely, released on January 13, 2017. Singles released off the album "You Know It", "Lonely" and "You & I" and "This Beautiful Life". The album charted at No. 76 on the Billboard 200 charts. The band then went on a headlining tour in support of the album with guest Deep Sea Diver and Knox Hamilton. In addition, they opened for Switchfoot's Native Tongue tour in 2019, along with Tyson Motsenbocker.
On September 9, 2019, the group announced the title of their third album, Leave What's Lost Behind. Three singles were released in advance of the album: "Looking for Some Light," "Original Material," and "Where I'm From. "Leave What's Lost Behind was released on January 24, 2020. An acoustic version of the albums leading track "Looking for Some Light" was released a few months later on April 1, 2020. Shortly after the release of the album, Colony House announced a nationwide "Leave What's Lost Behind Tour," with Tyson Motsenbocker, scheduled to run through the end of March 2020. The tour was postponed halfway through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and later completely cancelled.
Over the course of 2020, Colony House released a number of music videos and acoustic performances all filmed in the midwest. "When the Walls Come Crashing Down" that featured Jon Foreman and Jillian Edwards was released on June 12, 2020. On October 10 and 11, 2020, they performed two back-to-back socially distanced drive-in concerts in their hometown of Franklin, Tennessee. At the drive-in concert, Colony House premiered their film Everybody is Looking for Some Light. The film was part live concert, part documentary, and part music video, was made available as a streaming event on March 20, 2021. A live album, Colony House Live, Vol. 1, was released on January 29, 2021. Colony House's film "Everybody is Looking For Some Light" was made available as a streaming event on March 20, 2021.
On April 20, 2021, Colony House released the single "O YA". A couple months later on June 1, 2021, Colony House Announced the "Back Before You Know It Tour" with special guest Fleurie, scheduled to run from September 10 to November 27, 2021 and cover almost the entirety of North America. The band released their long-anticipated single "Lights On" on June 18, 2021. On July 23, 2020, the band released "Automatic" featuring Fleurie which was their final single from Rotten Tomatoes, the bands first EP under the name Colony house. Rotten Tomatoes was released on September 10, 2020. The "Back Before You Know it Tour" began on September 10, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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