Skillet Has Quietly Become One Of The Most Successful Rock Bands In The World
By: Piet Levy
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The music industry's success stories often surprise — witness the unstoppable "Old Town Road."
But who would have imagined one of the most accomplished rock bands of the 21st century would be based in Wisconsin and share a name with a menu section at Denny's?
But such is the story of Skillet, the Christian rock band featuring three Kenosha-based members: frontman John Cooper on vocals and bass, wife (and Kenosha) native Korey on guitar and synthesizers, and Jen Ledger on drums and vocals. Also in the band: Nashville-based lead guitarist Seth Morrison.
Skillet has sold more than 12 million albums. The band's past four releases — from "Comatose" in 2006 to "Unleashed" in 2016 — have been certified gold (at a minimum) by the Recording Industry Association of America. The 2009 album "Awake," featuring breakout single "Monster," has gone double platinum. This year, Skillet joined music service Pandora's "Billionaires Club," crossing the 2 billion streams mark.
The winning streak is bound to continue with the band's 10th album "Victorious," out on Friday (followed by Skillet's first graphic novel, "Eden," out Aug. 27).