Audio Adrenaline Biography

Perhaps more so than any other time, quite a few rockers emerged during the 90s who were unafraid to allow their Christian beliefs to be reflected in their music and lyrics, as evidenced by the emergence of US outfits such as Jars Of Clay, Creed, and the Kentucky-based Audio Adrenaline. Mark Stuart (14 April 1968, Owensboro, Kentucky, USA; vocals/guitar), Barry Blair (guitar), David Stuart (keyboards) and Will McGinniss (bass) met in the late 80s when they were attending Kentucky Christian College. Originally known as A-180, the recruitment of songwriter and guitarist Bob Herdman helped shift the band’s focus towards a harder-edged rock sound and earned them a contract with the ForeFront label. At this point David Stuart left the band to concentrate on family life.

A string of releases followed that proved to be major hits on the US CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) charts. Audio Adrenaline averaged one new release per year from 1992 through 1997, including their self-titled debut (which immediately spawned a few hit singles), becoming one of the leading CCM artists in the process. Personnel changes during this period saw new members Tyler Burkum (guitar/keyboards) and Ben Cissell (drums) join the line-up. Herman left the band in 2000 to work for the Flicker Records label.

In the late 90s and early 00s, Audio Adrenaline’s music crossed over to the pop music charts on a few occasions, and earned several Dove awards and three Grammy nominations, testament to the band’s ability to carve a niche between a strong Christian commitment in their lyrics and the ability to sound like a full blooded rock ‘n’ roll band. They announced their retirement in January 2006.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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