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The best kept secret in music


"Local Christian Band to release debut CD soon"

Thanksgiving Day Front Page:

God works in mysterious ways. That may have been said a lot, but for local band fiveshadesred, it's been proven true - in only nine months, the band has evolved from nonexistence into a 5 member troupe with and independent reord of 12 original songs.

Fiveshadesred is made up of Adam Marcus of Clanton (lead vocals, guitar), Bubba Smith of Thorsby (sound technician), Matt Carroll of Clanton (drums, vocals), Heath Scott of Isabella (bass guitar) and Michael Carroll of Mississippi (lead guitar, vocals).

Before fiveshadesred got its name, however, it started as a two-member praise band made up of Marcus(vocals,guitar) and Nicole Littleton of Isabella (keyboard,vocals). They toured the area playing at different churches.

Littleton was instrumental in introducing the band members to each other but later decided that the band wasn't her calling.

"Basically, we all met through Nicole, and then she wanted to pursue her career in photography. God kind of put us together in a real weird kind of way," Marucs said.

The same goes for how the bands was discovered by Christian singer/songwriter and producer Kevin Derryberry. Marcus explains:

"One night we had cancelled practice because of something off the wall we shouldn't have cancelled practice for. I walked into a Subway, got in line, and Kevin Derryberry was right in front of me."

The two talked for about 30 minutes about the band's plans to do a recording demo. Once Derryberry heard the band, he liked what he heard and became their manager. Marcus even had the opportunity to co-write a song with Derryberry.

"Our genre goes from East Coast to West Coast," Carroll said. "Our lyrics are like that too, actually. All of our lyrics do have a spiritual backing to them, whether it be worship or spiritual experiences we've gone through or other people have gone through."

The band's name came off the top of Marcus' head druing a band Bible study. Everyone thought up a name and they drew straws, and Marcus got the long straw.

As for the meaning of "fiveshadesred," Carroll explains:

"There are five things Christ went through on the way to the Cross - he was flogged, and after he was flogged, he was struck with the cat of nine tails, followed by the crown of thorns, the nails, and the spear in his side, Christ bled five shades red for us."

The band members are dedicated to their ministry through music. They practice every night and pray together before every performance. Carroll says they're "like brothers."

"We never go on stage without praying and asking that God's will be done," he said. In 10 years of playing in bands, Carroll said something is different about this one. That's why he feels it's his calling.

"Everybody has their calling," he said. "If I don't feel like it's my calling, I'm not even going to pursue doesn't matter what we're doing, whether it's the mainstream or just youth events, as long as we're praising God and returning our talents to him."

The band estimates that their new CD, "In Regrets of Starting Over," will be available sometime next month from The cost will be approximately $15 per copy. - The Clanton Advertiser


"In Regrets of Starting Over" EP
"In Regrets of Starting OVer" LP
Songs that stream and on airplay include
--All I Need
--Sunday's Best
--Bombs & Rockets
--Lead Ons & Let Downs
--Butterfly with Broken Wings


Feeling a bit camera shy


At the young ages of 20 to 22, the boys of fiveshadesred have developed a startlingly mature sound with a penchant for melody, heady arrangements, and emotionally charged vocals from lead singer Adam Jack Marcus. Go to their page or page to listen to their single "All I Need."

Coming Straight out of Clanton, Al and from having no songs to an EP within a month or so.....fiveshadesred is very extraordinary. With already an EP and a Full Length CD, fiveshadesred is garnering a lot of attention. None of this is possible without their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These guys are a Christian/Alternative Rock band with a fanbase stretching from all across the United States. These guys have made a name for themselves with the help of Kevin Derryberry, their manager and also a contemporary Christian Recording artist, and Jesus Christ.

fiveshadesred recently put out a six song EP titled, "In Regrets of Starting Over". After they got done recording the EP, Kevin was absolutely amazed and pushed them to start writing new songs to begin work on a Full Length. Through several weeks of writing and praying, these guys wrote some extraordinary songs about how we live everyday, our relationships with others and with Christ, and mainly praising God for all he has done. Adam, Heath, Matt, and Michael are passionate about their relationships with God and are stongminded about getting their music and God's word out to everybody. In completing the Full Length CD, In Regrets of Starting Over, these guys are getting ready to storm the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest in support of it. They blend all of their musical tastes and influences in their music and songwriting and put on an energetic and exciting show with lots of energy and stage performance that is exciting and interesting to watch. fiveshadesred is Adam Marcus(Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt Carroll(Drums, Percussion), Heath Scott(Bass), and Michael Carroll(Lead Guitar, B.G. Vocals).

Coming a long way so quickly helped define fiveshadesred and the band is poised to redefine and reinvent the realm of Christian/Alternative Rock. fiveshadesred are the new voice of the talent-packed Alabama scene and these boys are ready to make the whole world fall in love with "In Regrets of Starting Over" on January 10, 2006.

So who are our influences?
--Jesus Christ our personal Lord and Savior
--Our parents
--And a list of bands that could go on and on for days!

And, what is different about us from any other band?
--First off, we're not out here to become rock-stars...we want to be servants in doing God's will and getting the name of Christ out to people who may have not heard it in a way we do it before. We are all very passionate about our relationships with Christ and how we minister to people through songs of everyday life and our daily struggles. And last but not least, our live performance will blow you away..we sound just like we do on the CD, if not better! We jump and move around A LOT...probably a little too much...nah...

Contact us:
-Adam - 205-389-4070 or 205-755-6933
-Michael - 601-917-2392 or 662-615-9990
-Matt - 601-917-2687
-Heath - 205-389-3395 or 205-646-2026

For Booking Right Away: Email our manager Kevin Derryberry from his website he does all of our booking! We look forward to working with you in furthering Christs' kingdom!