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Close Your Eyes Band

Close Your Eyes
Close Your Eyes Live.jpg
Close Your Eyes in 2013 with former vocalist Robinson
Background information
OriginAbilene, Texas, United States
GenresChristian hardcore, melodic hardcore post-hardcore, pop punk
Ben Clinard
Chris Coltman
Brian Escochea
J. Fisher
Tim Friesen
Sonny Vega
Mikey Sawyer
Sam Robinson
Andrew Rodriguez
Shane Raymond
Alex Whitten
Brett Callaway
Bobby VaLeu
Jordan Hatfield

Close Your Eyes was an American Christian hardcore band from Abilene, Texas.

Signed to Victory Records, the group released its debut album in 2010, We Will Overcome, and a second album Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts in October 2011. The third album, Line in the Sand was released on October 29, 2013. The video for the first track from it, "The End", was released on YouTube on October 8, 2013.[1]

The music video for their first music single, "Song for the Broken", became a viral internet video and gathered over two million views in a short time.[2]


The band began in 2005 at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, where Shane Raymond and Brett Callaway met and started searching for other musicians to join them. After several line-up changes, they recruited Andrew Rodriguez, Sonny Vega and David Fidler. In 2008, they released their self-titled EP independently and in 2009 were signed to Victory Records[3] to record their debut studio album.[]

In 2011, they played live two new songs from their upcoming album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, which released on October 24, 2011, through Victory Records. The label released a series of video previews of the upcoming album in their YouTube account.[4][5]

Their song "Valleys" was the theme song for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's 2011 Turning Point pay-per-view. A music video featuring TNA professional wrestler Jeff Hardy and centered around his redemption storyline has been released through the wrestling promotion's YouTube account.[6]

On March 2, 2012, it was announced on the band's Facebook page that long-time vocalist Shane Raymond had left the band due to personal reasons.[7] On May 17, 2012, Brett Callaway released a statement to "Alternative Press" announcing that Mikey Sawyer would be touring with the band as the new lead vocalist.[8] Just two months later, on July 10, 2012, Close Your Eyes announced via its official Twitter account that they would be parting ways with Sawyer, as they felt he was not a good fit for the band.[9] In November 2012, the band announced to their Facebook page that they had begun writing songs for their next album. On July 23, 2013, it was announced that the former vocalist of Blessed by a Broken Heart, Sam Robinson, would be joining the band as they began work on their upcoming album, Line in the Sand.[10]

Line in the Sand was released on October 29, 2013 on Victory Records. The band toured with Islander throughout the month of November in support of the release. Music videos for the songs "Frame and Glass" and "The End", along with a lyric video for "The End", have been produced in support of the release. On Record Store Day 2014, Close Your Eyes released Prepackaged Hope on a 7-inch vinyl.

On December 15, 2014 it was announced that lead vocalist Sam Robinson had decided to leave the band and to continue his music career with a different project. Later that day it was announced that Close Your Eyes would be attending South By So What festival 2015 with the return of their original lead vocalist Shane Raymond.

On July 16, 2015 the bassist Alex Whitten posted on Facebook "Shane and I are no longer a part of the headache that is Close Your Eyes. What Brett does with the band now is entirely up to him because it is his band and he has the right to do so, but after almost 10 years my hands are clean of it." Not long after their departure the band became inactive.[11]

Band members

Final Lineup
  • Brett Callaway - rhythm guitar (2006-2015), backing vocals (2005-2015), lead guitar (2005-2006)
  • Jordan Hatfield - drums (2012-2015)
  • Bobby VaLeu - lead guitar (2011-2012, 2013-2015)
  • Ben Clinard - bass (2005-2006)
  • Chris Coltman - drums (2005-2007)
  • David Fidler - drums (2007-2010)
  • Tim Friesen - drums (2010-2011)
  • Mikey Sawyer - lead vocals (2012)
  • Andrew Rodriguez - lead guitar (2006-2011, 2012-2013)
  • Sonny Vega - bass, backing vocals (2006-2014)
  • Sam Ryder Robinson - lead vocals (2013-2014)
  • Alex Whitten - bass, backing vocals (2014-2015)
  • Shane Raymond - lead vocals (2005-2012, 2014-2015)


Close Your Eyes discography
Studio albums3
Music videos10

Studio albums

Year Title Label Chart peaks
US Christian
US Hard Rock
US Indie
US Rock
US Sales
2010 We Will Overcome Victory 137 -- -- -- -- --
2011 Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts -- 7 7 31 29 137
2013 Line in the Sand -- 39 -- -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart


Year Title Label
2006 3-Track Demo Independent
2008 Close Your Eyes
2014 Prepackaged Hope Victory

Music videos

Year Song Director
2010 "Song for the Broken" Dan Dobi[18]
"The Body" Eric Richter[19][20][21]
2011 "Digging Graves"
"Keep the Lights On" Jonathan Calvert[22]
2012 "Carry You" Eric Richter[23]
"Erie" Dan Dobi[24]
2013 "Frame and Glass" David Kenney[25]
2014 "The End" Eric Richter[26]

See also


  1. ^ "CLOSE YOUR EYES DEBUT LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE END'". October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Song for the Broken on Youtube".
  3. ^ "Close Your Eyes". Victory Records.
  4. ^ "Close Your Eyes "Empty Hands & Heavy Hearts" Album Preview Pt. 1 of 3". Victory Records.
  5. ^ "Close Your Eyes "Empty Hands & Heavy Hearts" Album Preview Pt. 2 of 3". Victory Records (via YouTube).
  6. ^ "Turning Point Music Video Featuring Jeff Hardy". TNA/Impact Wrestling (via YouTube).
  7. ^ "Vocalist Shane Raymond no longer in Close Your Eyes".
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Close Your Eyes announce new vocalist and lineup changes".
  9. ^ "Close Your Eyes part ways with new singer".
  10. ^ "Close your eyes add new vocalist to team, european tour and new album on the way".
  11. ^ "Close Your Eyes part ways with two members". Lambgoat. July 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Close Your Eyes Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Close Your Eyes Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Close Your Eyes Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Close Your Eyes Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Close Your Eyes Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Close Your Eyes Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Song for the Broken". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Close Your Eyes - The Body". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Digging Graves". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Valleys". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Keep The Lights On". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Carry You". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Erie". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Close Your Eyes - Frame And Glass". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Close Your Eyes - The End (feat. Zoli)". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.

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