The Brave came onto the music scene in 1991, releasing 2 successful CDs with Pakaderm/Word records. The first, Battlecries, was met with critical success and yielded over 6 top ten CCM singles. The Brave became a crowd and radio favorite, touring over 32 states in 3 months in support of an album that has garnered fans the world over, even after 20 years since its release. The Brave had always been a five part vocal group, so after surviving personnel changes, The Brave were in need of a singer, so up to the plate came drummer Randy Roberts, who had never sang vocals in a band, much less a demo. What you hear on the sophomore record, Trust, was Roberts' first time ever in front of a microphone, but you would never know it.
Randy Roberts: Lead Vocals/Guitars
Stayce Roberts: Guitars/Vocals
Freddie Tierra: Guitars/Vocals
Steve Irwin: Bass Guitar/Vocals
~~A Brief History...
The Brave is an American Rock Band hailing from the greater Los Angeles Area in Southern California. Originally signed to Pakaderm/Word Records in the early 90's, the band released two critically acclaimed albums (Battle Cries and Trust) under the Grammy award winning production of John and Dino Elefante and yielded 7+ Top 10 CCM singles. The original lineup consisted of Stayce Roberts and Freddy Tierra on dual guitars, Randy Roberts on drums, Malcolm Paris on bass, and James Salters on vocals. The Brave produced a huge arena rock sound, laden with fiery guitars and Def Leppard type harmonies rich in melody and attitude. Battle Cries was mixed by none other than Neil Kernon (of Dokken and Queensryche fame), and together The Brave became a crowd and radio favorite.
After surviving their first personnel changes, the band found themselves searching for a new singer for their next album (Stryper's Oz Fox was even considered); up to the plate stepped drummer Randy Roberts. Though more bluesy in style, Trust solidified The Brave as a serious contender, specifically as the entire music landscape changed before their eyes when groups like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains began to turn the tides musically. While some fans didn't embrace the changes, a whole new group of listeners emerged, as well as new bassist Steve Irwin and drummer John Spittle. The band continued in its evolution and was just hitting its stride when their label, Pakaderm picked up and left for Nashville, and the group disbanded. Sadly, The Brave lost singer/drummer Randy Roberts in 2007.
In tribute to their fallen brother, remaining members and other friends put on a concert in his name, and certainly, his presence was felt. In fact, it was this very event that caused members to stir, and even consider reforming and working on something new. Now 20 years after the release of the Trust record, The Brave is back with Rise, a 12 song collection of new material and re-recorded Brave classics. Rise features the musical talents of Stayce Roberts on guitars, Brave-alumni Malcolm Paris and Steve Irwin on bass, on long time comrade Johnny Zimmerman on drums. Arguably, the greatest addition to the band is lead vocalist, Amanda Z. Her stellar vocal performances have taken The Brave to new heights on this powerful release from one of Christian Rock's premier groups.
Guitarist, Stayce Roberts states, "Yes, we are back! And I think the new record will be an amalgamation of everything our Brave fan base dug us for… melody, shredding and our genuine passion for our Lord and Creator, Jesus Christ."