Royal Tailor

Blending pop, rock, and R&B with worship, Royal Tailor offer energetic melodies that inspire audiences to dance as well as pray. The members -- vocalist Tauren Wells, guitarist DJ Cox, bassist Blake Hubbard, and drummer Jarrod Ingram -- met in Indianapolis, Indiana at Indiana Bible College in the mid-2000s, forming the band to celebrate their Christian identity and call their peers to action. Wanting to give back to the community, the band spent a year mentoring youth in music and worship at the university’s Granite City, Illinois church. Soon after, the foursome began touring, performing over 300 shows in under two years and self-releasing the Royal Tailor EP in 2009. With the help of progressive worship band Leeland, Royal Tailor parlayed the EP into a record deal with Provident Music, relocated to Nashville, and began working on their full-length debut. The result was 2011’s hopeful, bright Black & White. Leadoff single “Hold Me Together” further boosted the band’s profile, landing on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

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