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Vertical Horizon

Launched in 1991 as a folk-based acoustic duo, Vertical Horizon gradually molded itself into a slick pop/rock outfit, culminating in the band's brief (but significant) heyday at the turn of the 21st century. Matt Scannell and Keith Kane first performed together at Georgetown University, where the two undergraduates honed their harmonized vocals at parties and local coffeehouses. Shortly after graduation, they relocated to Boston to record a debut LP, 1992's There and Back Again, and returned to their native D.C. after the album's release. They later crossed paths with Jackopierce, another acoustic rock act, and the two groups soon launched a multi-week package tour that introduced Vertical Horizon to a wider audience. Backup musicians were hired to fill out Vertical Horizon's evolving sound, and a tour alongside the Dave Matthews Band proved to be especially fortuitous, as drummer Carter Beauford -- a newfound fan of the band -- agreed to handle percussion duties on the sophomore effort Running on Ice. Bassist Sean Hurley and drummer Ed Toth were added to the lineup in 1996, thus making Vertical Horizon a permanent four-piece, and 1997's Live Stages captured the quartet's strength in concert. Such momentum wasn't lost on the major labels, and RCA ultimately offered the group a contract as the '90s drew to a close. Vertical Horizon reissued its three previous LPs after signing with RCA, and the band's major-label debut, Everything You Want, followed in July 1999. The album went double platinum on the success of the title track (a number one hit) and three additional singles, and Vertical Horizon supported its release with a string of American and European tour dates. Although originally intending to issue a follow-up album in late 2002, the bandmates struggled with their representation at RCA, and ultimately left the label after Go's release in September 2003. A new contract was inked with Hybrid Recordings in 2005, but Toth left the band that same year, choosing to join the Doobie Brothers' touring lineup instead. The band continued to work on a new record in his absence, with famed Rush percussionist Neil Peart lending his help to several tracks. Burning the Days was ultimately released in 2009. A year later, Kane announced he had left the band to focus on his solo career. In 2013, Vertical Horizon returned with their fifth studio album, Echoes from the Underground, which once again featured Peart on two tracks. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Vertical Horizon

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Albums by
Vertical Horizon

Top Songs by
Vertical Horizon

  1.   Song
  2.   Everything You Want
  3.   You're a God
  4.   Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)
  5.   I'm Still Here
  6.   We Are
  7.   You Say
  8.   All of You
  9.   Finding Me
  10.   Send It Up
  11.   Miracle
  12.   Lovestruck
  13.   Broken Over You
  14.   Forever
  15.   Shackled
  16.   Give You Back
  17.   Carrying On
  18.   Instamatic
  19.   Half-Light
  20.   The Lucky One
  21.   I Free You
  22.   The Middle Ground
  23.   I Believe in You
  24.   Back to You
  25.   Underwater
  26.   It's Over
  27.   Echo
  28.   Goodbye Again
  29.   When You Cry
  30.   Children's Lullaby
  31.   South for the Winter
  32.   Frost
  33.   Song for Someone
  34.   Evermore
  35.   Welcome to the Bottom
  36.   Save Me from Myself
  37.   Here
  38.   Even Now
  39.   Can You Help Me
  40.   All Is Said and Done
  41.   Afterglow
  42.   Inside
  43.   Won't Go Away
  44.   One of You
  45.   Sunshine
  46.   Liberty
  47.   Willingly
  48.   On the Sea
  49.   Trying to Find Purpose
  50.   Footprints in the Snow
  51.   Love's Light
  52.   The Mountain Song
  53.   Prayer for an Innocent Man
  54.   Consolation
  55.   Lines Upon Your Face

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