Following their 08 tour with Taylor Swift, Love and Theft is red hot with the release of their new album "World Wide Open" featuring their smash hit "Runaway"
Their three-song showcase for representatives of the performing rights organization ASCAP ended with many in the room pulling out cell phones to tell friends at record labels, "You've got to hear this band before someone signs them!" The band performed a 3-song showcase in the offices of Lyric Street/Carolwood Records for A&R chief Doug Howard who immediately declared, "You should have never made it to my office...you should have already been signed! Please don't play for anyone else," and the label quickly moved to sign the band. After Taylor Swift heard the trio's music, she brought them on board as an opening act for her headlining concerts in '08. Audiences at those and other shows have been swept away at first listen by the trio's soaring harmonies and on-stage charisma.
In-depth Biography Pop-country trio Love and Theft fell into place in Nashville when singers and songwriters Eric Gunderson, Stephen Barker Liles, and Brian Bandas threw in together, taking turns singing lead while the other two sang gorgeous backing harmonies. Versatile, bright-sounding, and with a clear sense of pop-country arrangement, Love and Theft's live shows brought them an enthusiastic fan base. Working with producers Jeff Coplan and Robert Ellis Orrall, the trio released its debut album, World Wide Open, on CarolWood Records in mid-2009. Bandas left the band in 2011, and it was as a duo of Gunderson and Liles that Love and Theft was signed to RCA Nashville later that same year. A second album, simply called Love and Theft, then appeared from RCA in 2012. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi