The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

It all started with two brothers and two acoustic guitars. This is the TRUE story, strap yourself in, it's quite a ride.

The Back Story...

Ronnie and Randy began playing music together when they were 7 and 8 years old. Grandpa Gene came home from a yard sale carrying two acoustic guitars and said, "Here ya go! Learn how to play these! It's fun." They started learning to play by ear and eventually formed a band called RAFM (Radio Active Fungus Monkeys) with Randy's friend Roger. They played together a couple of years but eventually split up. Ronnie met Jesse Carroll in driver's Ed and they became good friends over their love of punk rock. Ronnie joined Jesse's band called Burnout as their drummer. They played house shows and small concerts together for about a year then decided to start a fresh new band. They recruited Randy as lead singer and formed a Christian metal band called Dishonest. This band played shows all over the southeast for the next 4 years and developed a solid Florida fan base. Dishonest recorded 2 EPs. Ronnie began experimenting singing and writing songs in a more punk/post hardcore fashion; the first of which is a song called Kins and Carroll.

The birth of the Jumpsuit Apparatus...

Ronnie asked Randy and Jesse if they wanted to start a new project and they decided to pass so Ronnie recruited friends from his High School (Middleburg High School) to start playing his songs. Many friends came and went over the next year but Ronnie Winter and Duke Kitchens pushed through all the changes and finally settled down with Elias Reidy and Joey Westwood. At first Ronnie was still playing drums but then asked local drummer Jon Wilkes to play his parts so he could sing. The rest, as they say is History....

The Virgin Years

The RJA signed a deal with Virgin Records on October 27th 2005 and made their debut album with award winning producer David Bendeth entitled Don't You Fake It. They spent the next 2 years touring that album all over the world. They filmed 4 music videos and had 2 singles chart on the radio "Face Down" and "Gaurdian Angel". Things were good.

Lonley Road

Virgin records went through a phase of re-structuring and most of if not all of the people involved with DYFI were fired or quit. This left the band at a home that was empty to all things jumpsuit. They decided to record another record with Virgin and settled with Howard Benson as its producer. The album was finished and shortly after guitarist Elias Reidy left the band to be replaced by Duke's friend Matt Carter. The band filmed two videos and again toured the world with the single "You better Pray" charting on rock stations all over the US. Virgin records again went through another restructuring and this time the band had "finally had enough". The band was offered a new 360 deal by Virgin and respectfully declined thus making them Independent in February of 2010.

The Hell or High Water EP

Signaling their departure from Virgin the band released a self recorded EP produced by front-man Ronnie Winter that received great applause from old RJA fans and new alike. The band returned to their signature sound and style with no restraints crossing religious and sonic boundaries at will seamlessly integrating the fans to their new collective vision. Things were starting to look up again for the RJA.

Am I the Enemy

The band paired with The Collective Sounds to record and release their 3rd full length album "Am I the Enemy" produced by John Feldmann. It's debut in 2012 reached number 6 on the Independent charts and number 1 on the Christian rock charts in 2013. Ronnie's brother, Randy Winter took the helm on rhythm guitar (after Kitchen's departure) to properly recreate the guitars recorded with Feldmann.

ET TU, BRUTE?

March 2013 the band released their EP "Et Tu, Brute?" They recorded again with producer David Bendeth. It's single "Remember Me" reached number 1 on the Christian Rock Billboard charts. Shortly thereafter, their next single "Wide is the Gate" also hit number 1 under Christian Rock. The band began its 2013 world tour with long time friend and touring drummer John Hartman. Hartman quickly found his home with the band and has since been RJA's live drummer and is now writting / recording the bands percussion along side the Winter brothers. Up until now Winter had always written and recorded most the bands percussion.

"4"

The band's journey has proven to have only just begun. July 4th 2014 the band independently released their 4th full length record titled "4" produced by Lee Miles (their pre record label producer), Ronnie Winter, mixed by David Bendeth / Paul Lapinski, and mastered by Paul Lapinski. "4" and the rest of their entire digital catalog available digitally free at redjumpsuit.com via torrents. Visit redjumpsuit.com for news, tour dates, and links to other social media.
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