He Is We
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He Is We

He Is We
OriginTacoma, Washington
GenresIndie pop
2008-2014, 2016-present
MembersRachel Taylor
Trevor Kelly

Stevie Scott (tour only)
Wes Chamberlain (bass guitar) (touring)
Ben McBride (drums) (touring)

Adamm Mitchell (guitar) (touring)

He Is We is an indie pop band from Tacoma, Washington, fronted by lead singer Rachel Taylor.[1]


2008-2011: Formation and early years

Trevor and I would see these local bands with these cocky auras about them. They didn't want to communicate with fans or acknowledge them in any way. He Is We gets its meaning from us wanting to be like everyone else. We are so blessed and want to stand with the crowd and make someone go, 'Dude, she was standing right next to me earlier, and now she's on stage.'[2]

Rachel Taylor

Taylor and Trevor Kelly met while working at Ted Brown Music Company, a music store in their hometown of Tacoma, Washington.[3] Rachel and Trevor were the founding duo that comprised He Is We. The touring members initially included Harrison Allen (drums), Carman Kubanda (guitar), and Aaron Campbell (keyboard/guitar). Later, Jake Randle (bass guitar) replaced Aaron Campbell.[4][better source needed] He Is We initially relied on social networking, using websites such as Myspace and Facebook. In 2009, they were named PureVolume's number one unsigned band of the year.[5] This online presence and the release of an album of old demos in February 2010 led to their signing with Universal Motown Records. Prior to the release of My Forever, He Is We toured with The Rocket Summer.[6] Their debut album My Forever hit number 6 on Billboards Heatseekers Album Charts.[7] On their website, He Is We says that the start of the band came from "the idea that someone who you pass everyday can influence the rest of your life ... and you would never know."[8]

2012-present: Lineup changes, She Is We, and other releases

In early 2012, Rachel Taylor was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, and Stevie Scott filled in for the remainder of the tour.[9] Despite being officially replaced by Scott in August,[10][11] and having stated "Walking away from the label would mean that I would be walking away from the He Is We name but I would regain my freedom to be me. I would regain my ability to connect with you fans 100% with my words. I wouldn't feel like I can only release what THEY want me to. I could be the soul that longs to escape this dreary vessel.",[12] she returned to the band at the end of October 2012,[13] while Trevor Kelly departed to form his own band.[14]

After Kelly left with Stevie Scott in 2012, Rachel continued to pursue the project herself. She said that she planned to release new music and tour in 2013. In 2013, their song "All About Us", with Aaron Gillespie, was included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Despite rumors surfaced of her changing the name of He Is We and moving in a new direction, she insisted that the rumors were completely untrue and she would do no such thing. However, on June 23, 2014, Rachel Taylor broke away as a solo artist with her debut EP, Come Alive.[15]

In August 2015, Taylor announced she was launching "a He Is We 2.0" with Adamm Mitchell entitled She Is We. On October 22, 2015, She Is We released their first single "Boomerang" and announced that their debut album War would be available for pre-order on October 23, 2015.[16] It was released by Vanguard Records on March 18, 2016. War was made available to stream prior to release on Billboard's website on March 11, 2016.[17]

In August 2016, Taylor announced that she had reunited with bandmate Trevor Kelly and that they were writing new songs.[18] In September 2016, Taylor and Kelly announced that they would be touring together.[19][20]

In August 2017, touring members McBride, Mitchell and Chamberlain left the band and in September 2017, touring guitarist Macy Santa Maria accused Taylor of sexually assaulting her.[21] Taylor responded with her own statement, denying that a sexual assault had occurred and alleging that Santa Maria's statement mischaracterized her actions and the nature of sexual assault.[22] Following Santa Maria's allegations, He Is We were removed as support for Secondhand Serenade's fall 2017 tour.[23]

In March 2017, He is We released Fall out of Line to iTunes, which contains old demos and re-released songs. The band's "For the Runaways" tour (March and April 2017) promoted the album by focusing on older He Is We songs. Trevor Kelly did not tour with the band during the "For the Runaways" tour, with Hans Hessburg filling in on acoustic guitar.[]

2018-present: He Is We Chapter One and Hold My Heart

In March 2018, He is We released He Is We Chapter One digitally, which contains re-released songs. Rachel Taylor announced in February 2018 that she was back in studio and that she would release a new He Is We EP in March or April 2018.

He Is We announced they would be touring with Vendetta Red in March 2018.[24]

He Is We's new EP, Hold My Heart, was released on April 10, 2018.[25][26]


  • A Mess it Grows (2009)
  • Old Demos (2009)
Track list:
  1. I Wouldn't Mind
  2. Blame It On The Rain (Acoustic Guitar)
  3. Breathe
  4. Pardon Me (Acoustic Guitar)
  5. Blame It on the Rain (Acoustic)
  6. Give It All
  7. Happily Ever After (Acoustic)
  8. Light A Way
  9. Pardon Me
  10. Pour Me Out
  11. Too Beautiful
  12. Radio
Note: Only studio recorded demos listed.
Track list:
  1. And Run (acoustic/live)
  2. Happily Ever After (acoustic/live)
  3. Everything You Do (acoustic/live)
  4. Blame It on the Rain (acoustic/live)
  5. All About Us (acoustic/live)
  6. Prove You Wrong (acoustic/live)
  7. Fall (acoustic/live)
  8. Forever and Ever (acoustic Live)
  • Skip To the Good Part - EP (2011)
Track list:
  1. All About Us (feat. Adam Young from Owl City)[28]
  2. Our July In the Rain
  3. Tell Me
  4. Skip to the Good Part
  5. Our July In the Rain (Stripped Version)
  6. Prove You Wrong (Alternative Version)
  • Fall Out Of Line - EP (2017)
Track list:
  1. I Wouldn't Mind
  2. Breathe
  3. Pour Me Out
  4. Give It All
  5. Radio
  6. A Mess It Grows
  7. His Name
  8. The One About Indifference
  9. Pardon Me
  • He Is We Chapter One - EP (2017)
Track list:
  1. Light A Way
  2. Happily Ever After Acoustic
  3. Blame It On The Rain Acoustic
  4. Pardon Me Acoustic
  5. Too Beautiful
  • Hold My Heart - EP (2018)[29]
Track list:
  1. Dear Adam
  2. Every Other Man
  3. All I Need
  4. To Infinity and Beyond
  5. Hold My Heart

Compilation Appearances

Rockin' Romance 2 - Replay (Iyaz Cover)


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  2. ^ Monroe, Charlee (March 15, 2010). "He Is We Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Apar, Corey. "He Is We". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Optimism Encounters Frustration". The New York Times. July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "He Is We". iTunes Preview. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Boyer, Travis. "He Is We Interview: SXSW 2010". AOL Music. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "THE WORKING GROUP PRESENTS: THE LOVE IS ALL AROUND US TOUR W/ THE SCENE AESTHETIC ..." Alt sounds. Archived from the original on January 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Story". He Is We. Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "He Is We Lead Singer No Longer Able To Tour; Bringing In Touring Replacement". Property Of Zack. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "He Is We announces new singer". indiependentmusic. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "He Is We Announce New Vocalist, Comment On Rachel Taylor's Departure". Under the Gun Review.
  12. ^ "Rachel Taylor Blogs About Leaving He Is We, Discusses Future Plans". Under the Gun Review.
  13. ^ "Rachel Taylor rejoins He Is We". Alternative Press.
  14. ^ "Rachel Taylor Is Back In He Is We; Trevor Kelly Is ..." propertyofzack.com.
  15. ^ "Rachel Taylor (He Is We) announces new EP, 'Come Alive'". Alternative Press.
  16. ^ "She Is We (formerly He Is We) premieres new single, "Boomerang" (exclusive)". Alternative Press.
  17. ^ "Former He Is We Singer Rachel Taylor Debuts New She Is We Project With 'WAR' Album: Exclusive Premiere".
  18. ^ "He Is We". www.facebook.com.
  19. ^ "He Is We". www.facebook.com.
  20. ^ "He Is We". www.facebook.com.
  21. ^ "He Is We sexual assault allegations: Macy Santa Maria, Rachel Taylor release statements - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press.
  22. ^ "It disgusts me that the true allegation is "poking her butt while you were asleep in the hotel bed" and the words being used, imply sexual assault. ... I would not and did not do anything illegal and nothing was ever communicated implying anything like this." Exclusive: He Is We's Rachel Taylor further comments on sexual assault allegations. Substream Magazine, September 23, 2007.
  23. ^ He Is We removed from Secondhand Serenade tour following assault allegations. Substream Magazine, September 29, 2017.
  24. ^ "He Is We Launch US Tour with Vendetta Red". www.sidestagemagazine.com.
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/HeIsWE/status/982388836146675712
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hold-my-heart-ep/1366355856
  27. ^ "HE IS WE on PureVolume". PureVolume.
  28. ^ "He Is We Collaborate With Owl City". SPIN Music Group. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  29. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hold-my-heart-ep/1366355856

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