Singer/guitarist Jason Wade spent much of his youth in the Far East with his family before returning to the states with stops in Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. When his parent's marriage bit the dust, Wade and his mom headed for L.A. There, Wade met Guatemalan-born bass player, Sergio Andrade. Adding a drummer, Lifehouse began playing every Friday at a local school auditorium. Soon these performances were attracting a few hundred teens. Eventually, Rick Woolstenhulme replaced the original drummer.
Word of mouth caught the attention of producer Ron Aniello who introduced Lifehouse to '80s recording artist Jude Cole. Cole was so impressed he became the group's manager.
Lifehouse, with the aid of guitarist Stuart Mathis (who also joined the group on stage), began recording demos that Cole brought to Dreamworks Records. Attempts to re-record some of the demos didn't work. The new versions didn't sound as real or vibrant, so several "demo" versions were used on "No Name Face." The success of the single, "Hanging By The Moment" (which garnered the most radio airplay of any song in '01) put them on the road opening for Pearl Jam, among others. Releases in '02 ("Stanley Climbfall") and '05 ("Lifehouse" with the hit, "You And Me") rolled out. Prior to the release of their third album Bryce Soderbeg became the group's bassist.
'07 release, "Who We Are," was recorded at the studio owned by actor Kiefer Sutherland and Cole. According to a band statement, the CD "Rock(s) a little harder" than their last effort. As the album hit, Lifehouse headed out on a North American trek with the Goo Goo Dolls.
Lead single, "First Time," peaked at #3 on the Hot Adult Top 40 chart. After "Whatever It Takes" had run its course, a third single seemed to go straight to TV. "Broken" was heard on Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, One Tree Hill and even the daytime soap General Hospital. The song also landed on VH1's Top 20 Countdown (more TV). Hardly surprising, given all the exposure, "Who We Are" went gold.
In April, '09, guitarist Ben Carey, who had been touring with the band since '04, became an official member. Ben is "family to us" said the band announcement.
Lifehouse's fifth album, "Smoke & Mirrors" was originally scheduled for a December, '09, release but that was pushed to February, '10. Then the set was delayed again, finally landing in March.
2000 No Name Face
2002 Stanley Climbfall
2007 Who We Are
2010 Smoke & Mirrors
2015 Out Of The Wasteland
With 7,813 bands operating in the post-Grunge "gruff voiced-angst ridden-singer/searing guitars" mode it can be extremely difficult to separate from the pack.
"Hanging By The Moment" gave Lifehouse a leg up and "No Name Face" was a good start.
And though Lifehouse doesn't break any new ground, they are very accessible.