Pop/rock group Lifehouse recently participated in an installment of Homegrown, the GRAMMY Museum's spotlight series on Los Angeles-based artists. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the band, joined by producer Jude Cole, discussed being discovered and the songwriting and production for their latest album, 2012's Almería. Lifehouse also performed hits such as "You And Me" and "Hanging By A Moment," as well as "Between The Raindrops" from Almería.
"What we really wanted to do was just burn the blueprints, and go into the studio and kind of look at it as … a blank canvas," said lead vocalist Jason Wade. "We were using all of the different instruments as colors, and throwing a bunch of different textures down on tape until these songs would start to manifest and it made it really exciting again."
Initially named Blyss, Lifehouse was formed in Los Angeles in 1996 by Wade and bassist Sergio Andrade. After self-releasing the album Diff's Lucky Band and performing at a series of local shows, including church worship services, Lifehouse signed a deal with Dreamworks Records and added drummer Jon Palmer. They released their debut album, No Name Face, in 2000 and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the No. 2 single "Hanging By A Moment," which became the most-played radio track in 2001.
Stanley Climbfall, Lifehouse's sophomore album, was released in 2002 and climbed to No. 7 on the chart. Executive produced by Cole, 2005's Lifehouse peaked at No. 10 and featured the gold-certified hit "You And Me." Who We Are was issued in 2007, followed by 2010's Smoke & Mirrors, both of which peaked in the Top 20.
Released in December 2012, Almería peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart and features guest appearances by GRAMMY-nominated artist Natasha Bedingfield and GRAMMY winner Peter Frampton. Lifehouse's current lineup comprises guitarist Ben Carey, bassist Bryce Soderberg, Wade, and drummer Rick Woolstenhulme Jr.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With Joe Boyd (April 29), Elvis And The Birth Of Rock And Roll: A Discussion With Alfred Wertheimer (May 1), The Drop: Iron And Wine (May 6), and Live From The GRAMMY Museum: Richard Marx (May 8).