"We aren't afraid to be vulnerable...for people to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of who we are. It's taken us a while to get there, but we are..." Since originating back in the fall of 1999, Slingshot57 has evolved into an intense yet melodic rock group. Through several line-up changes, constant touring, and all the obstacles that life brings, Slingshot57 has truly matured to be a band with purpose. Based out of Champaign, IL and led by front man Benjamin Woods, Slingshot57 has challenged complacency with their passionate lyrics, energetic live shows, and humble approach. "We refuse to settle for the here and now. Life is meant to be lived for the eternal...we want to impact that eternity by loving people. We want to leave a lasting mark on the hearts of those that hear us, reminding them they are worth it." This authenticity and transparency has garnered them a loyal following and with such extensive and rigorous touring, that following is sure to grow. "We believe that doing something that matters, starts with a choice to love someone the way they are. You can't love, if you never allow yourself to be vulnerable. We want to be the band that loves people enough to invest into them without thinking about what it gets us." The guys passionately pursue the dream that the world can change if we chose to love beyond beliefs, race, social, economic standing, or any of the countless things that divide. "Music is a language that transcends all others. We want to make that connection, find the starting point, and help move someone one step closer to the Truth that has changed our lives." In the spring of 2004, Slingshot57 teamed up with Bridge Street Artist Agency to help manage their demanding schedule, and by the close of 2006 the band's busy touring regimen has taken them to most of the country while surpassing the 700 show mark. They have opened for several label acts, played festivals large and small, and sold a combined total of over 15,000 copies of their 3 independent releases. The past has brought them 4 charting radio singles on the national R&R charts along with clips of their music on 3 consecutive seasons of MTV's The Real World. With their diligent work ethic and unswerving commitment to earn the right to be heard, Benjamin Woods, Paul Stewart, Nash Bruce, Daniel Bishop, and Tim Wilson are not living in the past, but looking to the future. "Legacies live beyond music. Life is a journey and that is what we want to write songs about...where we have been, where we are, and definitely where we are going..." With new music set for release in 2007, Slingshot57 is poised to continue reaching new audiences and bridging their way into the hearts of those willing to listen. As always, the band's proven commitment and work ethic will pay off, but their faith in someone greater than themselves will be what carries them through all their failures and short comings as well as all their victories and accomplishments.