Out of Dallas, Texas was a Christian rock band that song a bit of success, including a Dove award nomination for “New Artist of the Year” in 2009. They toured with the likes of Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, Hawk Nelson, and Tenth Avenue North. In 2012, lead singer Jenny Simmons confirmed that they were no longer a band and they haven’t made music since. Let’s have a look at their career highlights and review a bit of their music.
After linking up with Chuck Dennie of the band By The Tree to produce them, Addison Road independently released a couple of albums entitled “Not What You Think” in 2002 and “Some Kind of Spark” in 2006. Based upon their pop sensibilities, Christian messages in their music, and catchy alternative rock hooks, Christian label INO Records took notice and signed Addison Road to a record deal. In 2008, they released their self-titled album and it would peak at No. 182 on the Billboard 200. The single “All That Matters” made it on Napster’s playlist in 2008, in which they would become the first Christian band/recording artist to accomplish that feat. The album would also peak at No. 8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and No. 11 on the Billboard Christian albums charts. Check out the video below!
The other single “Sticking With You” would be placed at No. 15 on the “R & R Magazine’s Christian HDR Chart” for 2008.
After touring with Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, Hawk Nelson, and Tenth Avenue North, Jenny Simmons would have a child. During this tour, Addison Road was only able to perform one song at each tour stop due to the pregnancy. In 2010, Addison Road would release their final album entitled “Stories”, and it would garner mixed reviews. The album would peak at No. 4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and No. 13 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. “This Little Light Of Mine” was the single released and a lyric video of it(unofficial) has over one million hits on YouTube. Check it out below!
Madness To Creation’s take: The Christian music industry will always what could’ve been with Addison Road. They were Christian music’s answer to Avril Lavigne and Paramore, with their infectious hooks and their Christian messages. Their messages were universal as they incorporated more positivism and storytelling in the music. I did enjoy Jenny Simmons’ voice as I thought her voice was the strength of the band. Overall, it’s some quality pop rock music that could be played on mainstream radio and Christian radio alike. Madness To Creation gives Addison Road an 8 out of 10 stars. We shall see if Addison Road decides to reunite one day!