Ashes Remain is from Baltimore, Maryland, where Josh Smith of Florida and Ryan Nalepa met at a summer youth camp during worship services. They prayed about forming a band, which they did when the opportunity arose for Smith to become worship leader at a church. The other members of the band, were not added until some years later. Ashes Remain released their first independent record in the summer of 2003, Lose the Alibis. Lose the Alibis was followed by Last Day Breathing on March 13, 2007 and the Red Devotion EP on July 22, 2009. Ashes Remain signed with Fair Trade Services In early 2010.
Much of their debut was written from the perspective of what it is like to feel as if there is no hope. Where you are your own worst enemy and ultimately what it looks like to go from that very real and dark place to one where there is hope and step into the light. That journey from dark to light isn’t always a swift one and sometimes has to be walked many times. But it is a journey that the band is familiar with and feels called to go on with their fans. As lead vocalist Josh Smith puts it, “We’re not role models. We’re just broken people who need Jesus.”