|Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor of He Is We performs at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.|
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Comprised of Rachel and Trevor Kelly, fans flocked to He Is We's wholesome music through word-of-mouth. Their songs, filled with infectious melodies and inspired lyrics made their demo's highly sought after and in 2009, they were named PureVolume's #1 unsigned band.
Back in 2010, in their first full U.S. tour, He Is We hobbled into Los Angeles. Battling fatigue and pneumonia, lead singer, Rachel Taylor, sang a shortened show, singing a doctor prescribed five-song set at The Troubadour. The Tacoma duo, had already endured the two month trek across the country as they got ready to release their debut album, My Forever that November from Universal Motown and FrameworkNY. Earlier that same year, He Is We again had to cancel a few shows in Los Angeles due to emergency health reasons. And now, as we find out more details about the troubles this band faced, there's news that Rachel is rejoining the band after an August announcement that vocalist Stevie Scott was brought in to replace her.
Rachel intros the video with "The reason things have not been out in the open lately is because there have been a lot of emotions at play. I have been fighting something I can't, in the end, control. I've been given an incredible blessing and a civil discussion took place. Here is what has happened..."
Check out the video with the attached transcript of the video below.
So, there’s been a lot been going on as far as the band goes and I have literally just been praying so much… and I know for some people that’s like, “Eewww, what are you going to get from praying?” But I actually get a lot from it.
Um…as things started to kind of crumble down, all of a sudden these opportunities were coming up and it was one of the most incredible things just to watch how everything played out. The confusion that has kind of erupted has been, you know, “What is happening with He Is We?” and this and that. It took me walking away and literally, like losing everything, at least in here, before I could really tell what was really important to me. Um, there were a lot of things that happened that I should have stopped or said something about that I didn’t and I needed that time to really collect myself and start writing things down rather than keeping them in and allowing them to just (explode).
Um, I guess the announcement is that I will be writing this next He Is We record and I will be singing it and I will be touring it...if that’s the way you say it. And I can honestly say that this has made me so much stronger and it's made me fall in complete and total love with you guys, as fans, and I would even say more so friends…you guys have been there for me like some of my friends haven’t been, so I can’t thank you enough for everything that you guys have done.
The big thing is, “When and when this happening is and this and that?" We are currently planning a writing trip. We being whoever is involved and I don’t know what the plans are for Trevor exactly. I know he he has found a project that he is absolutely in love with and believes in full heartedly and all I can do is support that and um...send all sorts of love and sometimes we are brought to people and we work together and then we’re off to our own journey and we find something that is even more incredible for us at that point in time. So I’m gonna ask that everyone just support Trevor and everything that he is doing. He is extremely talented, he is extremely gifted and I can’t help it but think that whatever he does in the future is just going to be amazing. But with that being said, I plan to continue with he is we and I don’t want to shelve it I don’t wanna push it off to the side. I feel like there’s so much more to be done. And all the politics and stuff aside, this could be incredible.
It’s taking a lot of conversation, a lot of people who have noticed that that y’know I’ve walked away and now it’s like well, now where’s the band at? And y’know, is he walking away? ..that’s not what it’s about it’s about the fact that we’re civil and we are able to talk about it and we are able to figure it out. And just like every, I guess, relationship at some point, y’know, you meet a person to become better and to learn about yourself, things that you never would have learned without them. And so that’s kind of where we’re at. Our job is to support each other completely and totally 100 percent regardless y’know if the project is with him without him with me or without me. He is We has been my dream. I came up with the name when I was in 11th grade and the idea of being able to just forget about it was unbearable and you guys really really really showed me that with all of your support and so I’m happy to say that I’m not going anywhere and as far as it’s going to be to just carry one with everything...no hate mail no bashing…we can't do that. We can't afford to do that. I’ve seen so many… like teams and stuff like that and I don’t want that to happen. It should just be team he is we. And that should be the end of it. He helped create this band in an incredible way and I’m feeling a lot of pressure right now to kind of make sure everything sounds… nice and that you guys like it. And so I am not making any compromises. I’m going to write from the heart and I’m nervous. I don’t like attention and I don’t’ enjoy pressure but this is what I’ve been called to do.
It’s pretty crazy so there’s the update. You guys will be hearing from me again soon and I hope you like my hair as it is. I got a little bored. I just noticed how red it looks. But anyways I love you guys and thank you so much for supporting me through the puffy face and the chopping-off-my-hair and going crazy and I don’t know…I really appreciate you guys and I’m excited to make some music and get it out there and hopefully you guys dig it. (Blows kiss to camera.)
"Blame It On The Rain" by He Is We
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