Post-grunge outfit Red first got their start in Pennsylvania playing contemporary Christian covers to area youth groups. They soon grew tired of pop songs, however, and began crafting their own hard-edged rock tunes that often confronted personal issues from their lives. According to lead singer Mike Barnes, the name Red was chosen as a symbol ”for the blood of Christ and what it represents: passion, pain, but ultimately, redemption.”
Spearheaded by the single ”Breathe into Me,” their first nationally distributed album, End of Silence, was released in June 2006 on Essential Records. Always wanting to directly connect with fans through their energetic live show, Red spent much time touring nationwide, including dates at multiple festivals.