Skillet is an American Christian rock band originally formed in Memphis, Tennessee. The band consists of John Cooper (lead vocalist, bassist), his wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist), Ben Kasica (lead guitarist), and Jen Ledger (drummer, vocalist). Skillet has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: "Collide" and "Comatose."
Over the past 15 years, Skillet has spanned many different genres, including hard rock, industrial rock, and symphonic rock. As of March 2010 they have sold 1.6 million albums worldwide. Skillet was only together for a month when they received interest from major Christian record label ForeFront Records.
In 1996 they released a self-titled debut "Skillet." Skillet recorded their follow-up album throughout 1997, titled "Hey You, I Love Your Soul," which was released in April 1998. Their second effort was a change in style from the band's first release. With this release, Skillet would abandon their post-grunge approach for a lighter alternative rock and a style.
Shortly before the band began recording for their third album, "Invincible," Steorts left the band to be with his family, and Kevin Haaland joined the band as their new guitarist. Korey Cooper joined the band permanently and played keyboards for the recording of "Invincible." Because of this change, the musical style on "Invincible" changed to a more electronic sound.
Soon after the release of "Invincible" in early 2000, Trey McClurkin parted ways with Skillet, and Lori Peters filled the drummer's position. "Invincible" would be Skillet's best selling record to date.
The band released their first worship album, and fourth album overall, "Ardent Worship" in Fall 2000. The band kept much of their sound from "Invincible" on their next album "Alien Youth." Before the release of "Alien Youth," Haaland left the band, and Ben Kasica took over on guitar. In 2003, "Collide" was released by Ardent Records. On May 25, 2004, "Collide" was re-released under Lava Records, with an added track, "Open Wounds."
Skillet's album "Comatose" was released on October 3, 2006. It features the singles "Rebirthing," "Whispers in the Dark," "Comatose," "The Older I Get," "Those Nights," and "The Last Night". The album debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the US Top Christian Albums chart. In January 2008, Skillet announced that their drummer, Lori Peters, was retiring from the band. She took the time to train Skillet's next drummer, Jen Ledger.
Skillet's most recent studio album is "Awake." The album contains twelve songs and was released on August 25, 2009. It charted at #2 on the Billboard top 200 selling around 68,000 units in its first week.