Lifehouse

1996-
Jason WadeVocals, guitar1999-
Sergio AndradeBass1996-2004
Rick WoolstenhulmeDrums2000-
Ben CareyGuitar2009-2014
Sean WoolstenhulmeGuitar2002-2004
Bryce SoderbergBass2005-

Lifehouse Artistfacts

  • Both Andrade's and Wade's parents were Christian missionaries. Andrade lived in Guatemala with his parents; Wade traveled to such foreign locales as Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and California.
  • These boys were originally named Bliss, but after a fan confused it with the word piss, they changed to Lifehouse. They are not named after Pete Townshend's infamous, abandoned rock opera, Lifehouse.
  • They gained popularity by playing regularly with a church youth group called FKA (Formerly Known As) at the school of the Malibu Vineyard Church. They would also lead prayer services there.
  • Says Wade: "My music is spiritually based, but we don't want to be labeled as a 'Christian band.'"
  • Lifehouse has been compared to Pearl Jam and Creed, primarily because of Wade's low voice.
  • Wade is the creative force in the band and writes most of the songs himself. When DreamWorks offered him a record deal, it was as a solo artist, but Wade preferred being in a band.
  • In his teenage years, Wade got into bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, which shaped his sound musically. In terms of songwriting, his influences include The Beatles, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Elliott Smith.
  • When "Hanging By a Moment" took off, the band was in their early 20s, but their audience skewed much older. They got lots of airplay on VH1 and on radio stations with Adult Alternative or Adult Contemporary formats.
  • The band was rather inexperienced when they recorded their first album, No Name Face, in 2000, so a passel of session musicians were brought in to help out.
  • Wade was 20 years old when he married Braeden, whom he had been dating since he was 15. "A lot of people say that if your parents get divorced, you're going to get divorced," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. "So I just did it to rebel against everything that my parents did and to prove to myself that I'm not like them."
  • Speaking about how his Christian faith influenced his songs, Jason Wade said in a 2017 Songfacts interview: "I come from that world, so a lot of the earlier Lifehouse songs were spiritual in nature, but at the same time, we never wanted to be put in a box where it's like this is the only thing that we sing about. We like people to take the lyrics and make them their own."

Comments: 5

  • Hannah from Fargo, NdI love Lifehouse! Jason Wade's voice is amazing...and well he's not bad looking either ;)
  • Nimesh from Dubai, OtherI love the song 'Blind', and of course 'You and Me': Wade has an incredibly adorable voice. Is Lifehouse a successful band in the US?
  • Christine from Jaffrey, NhIF anyone actually did research, one would know that Bliss/Blyss (both spellings were used) became Lifehouse because when they went to COPYRIGHT the songs to the name, it was already taken by a European band. That and the "piss" comment are the truth. Ask the man yourself!
  • Hope from Florence, MtI love Lifehouse! I like the band Creed too. But anyways, I really like their old song "The Edge" that they performed when they were called Bliss, and I thought it was actually spelled Blyss. Anyways, I think that they are definitely an AWESOME band!!!
  • Aj from Dxb, United StatesAmazing band, yes i would say that wade's voice is pretty simillar to creed's and in confuses me, but however i like wade better, his sings smoothly you can almost feel the guitar stringin in ur heart when he plays it .. !!
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