Icon For Hire  Artist Profile | Biography And Discography | NewReleaseTuesday.com



Artist Links

  • MySpace Website
  • Facebook Website
  • Label Website

    Music Videos
  • "Get Well" from Scripted
    Views 2724 Views | Comments 0 Comments
  • "Make A Move" from Scripted
    Views 4127 Views | Comments 0 Comments
  • "Off With Her Head" from Scripted
    Views 2381 Views | Comments 0 Comments

    Upcoming Events In Your Area

    Latest Headlines
    Matt Maher Schedules Album Release For St. Patrick's Day
    (Friday, January 23, 2015)
    Music Ministers Coming to Warped Tour
    (Friday, June 13, 2014)
     Icon For Hire Artist Profile
    Return To Artist Database
    Views 20392  Views | Comments 22 Comments
    Artist Rank: # 69 | View Top 20
    Bookmark and Share

    With three-and-a-half years of pounding the pavement throughout the Midwest and a feverish social networking presence, heavy alternative rock/modern pop trio Icon For Hire signed the dotted line with Tooth & Nail Records. The ensuring Scripted serves as the Decatur, IL-bred player’s national debut disc, but between the immediately apparent chemistry amongst front woman Ariel, guitarist Shawn Jump and drummer Adam Kronshagen, coupled with powerhouse production from Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, The Almost, Acceptance) and Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Philmont), the group sounds nothing short of innovative, infectious and explosive. 
    “We started up as being a rock band, which is something that will never change, but we had the chance to put over the top production elements that we never had the budget or skill set to do before,” notes Sweden-born singer Ariel, who’s just as personable in conversation as she is ferocious behind the mic. “Throughout the sessions for Scripted, we found ourselves developing heavy and brutal in your face moments, but also a pop sensibility. There’s a tension really between heavy rock and pop, but never at the expense where it would overshadow the rock side. The pop part is like the sprinkles on top of a cake, but the actual cake is rich, dark and heavy.”
    Though it might be natural to make comparisons to current tastemakers like Paramore and Flyleaf because of their kinship of female leadership, the guys in the group add additional gasoline-induced instrumentation, while the more menacing elements suggest listeners shouldn’t necessarily judge gender before genre. In fact, Icon For Hire seeks to shatter stereotypes of every nature, ranging from its tongue-in-cheek moniker to the equally ironic album title Scripted.
    “We’re basically making fun of how our culture makes idols out of musicians, but at the same time, we have a responsibility to listeners to really make sure we’re living the best lifestyle we can live,” explains Ariel. “Even the album title has a bit of irony and sarcasm to it. It’s commenting on the fact that society seems to force us to conform to a certain way of saying things, almost like everything’s fake and polished, but what we did instead was make a record that’s really honest, raw and genuine.”
    A case in point can be traced throughout the lead single “Make A Move,” which uses monstrous hooks to convey an empowering call to action to shatter the chains of complacency. As a further extension of that concept, the group often shares at their merch table information about various social causes as diverse as the clean water crisis in Africa to the global epidemic of human trafficking. Adds Ariel: “It’s easy to have a passive self-pity party when things aren’t going your way, but when you see what people are struggling with in other places, it helps you realize things aren’t so bad in your life.”
    Even so, Icon For Hire is intent on giving fans going through rough patches an outlet to release their frustrations by offering up a slew of autobiographical lyrics chronicling members’ checkered pasts. “I’ve gone through depression and found in talking with listeners that at some point almost everyone has hated their lives,” continues Ariel, citing the anthem of affirmation “Get Well.” “It’s so easy to get stuck there, but we want to encourage people to quit letting the past ruin your life. So many people were molested, abused, have messed up home lives or are dealing with their parents getting divorced, but we’re trying to make a statement about getting over the past to the point of not just being healthy, but actually being happy.”
    In looking at each of Icon For Hire’s personal profiles, it appears as though everything’s finally falling into place. For Ariel, that includes balancing her band duties with a clothing line, making some of the group’s merch and holding everyone accountable to one another on the road. In addition to growling on the guitar, Shawn is the business-minded guy who helps the band balance the books and even sold his house and car to invest further in their dream. Besides keeping the beat, Adam spearheads the group’s booking efforts, also facilitating communication and networking aspects to further Icon For Hire’s reach. 
    “We’re a really tight knit group of friends and we put a lot of care into what we’re putting out there for people,” sums up Ariel. “We’re not the kind of people who want to hang out in the green room all day. We get out there to talk to our fans for hours before and after the show and we try to infuse a hopeful element in what we do and say."

    Entry lasted edited by NRTeamAdmin on 08.29.11

    Official Twitter Updates
    @petedov these are amazing! we'd love if you could please send some of your favorite shots and info to idaforhire@gmail.com.
    Posted by @iconforhire on 03.30.15 | View Tweet
    Love letter, for you: https://t.co/KNsp6QrDP7
    Posted by @iconforhire on 03.30.15 | View Tweet
    @KillerNarwhal warped tour!
    Posted by @iconforhire on 03.29.15 | View Tweet
    Not involved in our Task Force Yet yet? Sign Up Here ---> http://t.co/Dnh92ZQ2xi
    Posted by @iconforhire on 03.29.15 | View Tweet
    Icon Army: Our next Task Force Op is here! Check your inbox to learn how to get involved - this month's prize is a video chat with the band!
    Posted by @iconforhire on 03.29.15 | View Tweet

    Latest NRTeam Fans
    Icon For Hire Has 121 Fans | View All | Become A Fan
    NRTeam Fan Rank: #149 | View Top 20 Artists By Fans

    NRTeam Artist Comments (22)
    Add Your Review    Join The NRTeam
    This band will go far! | Posted August 26, 2011
    I sense that this band will one day become a hugely popular and celebrated band, just watch how this album explodes!

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    Very nice! :D | Posted August 24, 2011
    Wow. I'm hooked. :D Can't wait to see more from these guys!

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    :D | Posted August 24, 2011
    Loving their music! Their new album is awesome.

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    Make A Move | Posted August 23, 2011
    So far I have "Make A Move" on my ipod and have listened to it millions of times already and I listened to the preview of their new album on iTunes. I can't wait to buy it for myself. These guys already have me hooked.

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    Cool | Posted August 23, 2011

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    Icon for hire rocks! | Posted August 23, 2011
    so excited to listen to the preview!

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    A must have. | Posted August 23, 2011
    Listening through the album, I didn't hear a single song I wanted to skip. The music is driven, tight, and focused. The instrumentation is original, tasteful, and in some cases unexpected. Teaming with A.S. was a good move, everything is well mixed and soundly put together. I only dropped a half star for some auto-tune theatrics - I thought they were completely un-necessary, but it wasn't a huge detraction, or a constant thing. Fantastically done, overall.

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment

    bull42 (365)
    Hello | Posted August 23, 2011
    Your new CD is excellent !!!!

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    Good Sound | Posted August 23, 2011
    I'm normally not too enamored with female fronted bands, but in this case I like their sound. The vocals are very powerful and the music is solid. Also, they are about 25 minutes from my home town!

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    Awesome debut from ICON FOR HIRE! | Posted August 23, 2011
    I love what I'm hearing from SCRIPTED, guys! God bless and congrats on signing with Tooth and Nail!

    Comments(0)  |  Add Comment
    View Previous 10 Comments | Showing comments 11 through 20 of 22 | View Next 10 Comments
    Christian Music On YouTube Christian Music On Facebook Christian Music On MySpace Christian Music On Twitter Christian Music On Google+

    NewReleaseTuesday.com on Twitter NewReleaseTuesday.com On MySpace NewReleaseTuesday.com On FaceBook NewReleaseTuesday.com On YouTube

    Home | About NRT | NRT Radio | Advertising Information | Privacy & Site Terms | NRTeam Policies | Contact Us
    Become An NRTeam Member | Subscribe To Newsletter | Christian Music RSS Feeds
    ©2002-14 NewReleaseTuesday.com, A Division Of NRT Media Inc.

    Christian Music On Google+ Follow Us On Twitter Follow Us On Facebook Follow Us On YouTube Follow NRT On Shoutlife