Ever wonder how the band came to be about? Here's everything you need to know. 

Though "Waker" has only existed for a short amount of time, we can date back to 2003, the start of it all.


September, 2003

Chase and Conor meet at 10 years old in 5th grade after both moving to Colorado. The two start sharing their similar music interests & form a middle school band.

Conor Kelly Chase Bader Waker

September, 2012

After getting tired of sending each other music material back and forth through the internet, Conor moves to Nashville & joins Chase at Belmont University to reconstruct their musical ambitions & start a band.

Conor meets Ryan Ladd 

October, 2012

Bader, Kelly, & Ladd become a band named Koa

They begin recording their debut EP, "Cool It Down", with Chase on drums

Waker "Cool It Down" EP Koa

February, 2013

Will Youngclaus joins the band as the drummer

Waker Band Koa

Alex Mathews joins the band on saxophone

Waker Band Koa

February 11, 2013

Koa drops the first single "Cool It Down"

February 7, 2013

Koa plays their first show ever located at Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt  

Koa Waker Band Sweet CeCe's

February 25, 2013

The "Cool It Down" EP is released featuring 4 songs, including "Cool It Down" & "Turtles"

Koa Waker Band Turtles

September 8, 2013

Koa introduces "Karl" the elephant 

November 10, 2013

Koa plays their first out-of-state show in Tuscaloosa, AL

Waker Band Koa Tuscaloosa

January 2, 2014

Koa headlines Nashville's famous Exit/In for a free show, sponsored by Lightning 100

Waker Exit/In 2015 Koa Band

April 21, 2014

Koa hosts a Single-Release-Show at Mercy Lounge for their song "False Calls"

Ryan McClanahan plays his first show with Koa on percussion

Waker Koa Band Single Release False Calls
Koa Waker Band Single Release False Calls

 May 1, 2014

Koa embarks on their first tour ever, "The Maymester Tour", featuring 11 shows, starting with a trip down to Chase's hometown of Birmingham, AL

Koa Waker Band

May 7, 2014

Koa coins the fanbase as the "Koalition"

May 10, 2014

McClanahan officially joins the band

Waker Band McClanahan

August 22, 2014

Koa wins Belmont's Battle of the Bands

Dave Czuba sees the band live for the first time 

March 18-20, 2015

Koa plays in their first major music festival, SXSW, featuring 3 sets

Waker Koa Band

October 30, 2015

Koa releases their second EP, "This Is Koa", on CDs exclusively  

This is Waker Koa Waker Band This is Koa

November, 2015

Koa opens a few shows for Moon Taxi in Colorado

Waker Band Live Moon Taxi

November 20, 2015

"This Is Koa" is released to the digital world on iTunes & Spotify

February 28, 2016

Crutcher plays his first show with Koa during a special Lightning 100 show at 3rd & Lindlsey in Nashville, TN

March 20, 2016

Youngclaus departs from the band

April 16, 2016

Czuba plays his first show with Koa as a sub


April 27, 2016

Crutcher officially joins the band. This marked the first time Koa had a keyboardist as an official member.

Waker Band Koa

May 2, 2016

The band embarks on their 2016 Summer Tour

Waker Summer Tour 2016 Koa

May 14, 2016

The band plays live for the first time together with Czuba, Crutcher, McClanahan, Mathews, Ladd, Kelly, & Bader all present in the lineup

Waker Band New Lineup

May 17, 2016

Czuba officially joins the band, solidifying the lineup

May 20, 2016

Koa plays the Hangout Music Festival with the official new lineup

Waker Band Hangout Music Festival Koa

July 1-2, 2016

Koa headlines two back-to-back theatre shows in Colorado at Fox & The Bluebird

Waker Band The Bluebird Theater Live Koa

July 20, 2016

In the middle of their 2016 Summer Tour, Koa stops by the Audiotree Studio in Chicago, IL to record a 5-song live session and interview

Waker Band Audiotree Live Session Koa

August 15, 2016

The band officially changes its name from Koa to Waker

The Audiotree Session is released

Waker Band Logo

August 27, 2016

Waker returns to Belmont to headline Battle of the Bands as the Alumni Band

October, 2016

Waker hits the road, opening for the legendary act, Blues Traveler

Waker & Blues Traveler

Waker & Blues Traveler

November 10, 2016

Waker headlines a sold out show at Exit/In in Nashville, TN

January, 2017

Waker heads to the studio with producer Teddy Morgan, demoing a handful of new songs, with the anticipation & intention of recording a full-length album

April 28, 2017

Waker releases the single "Wake Me Up" after an exclusive debut on Nashville's Lightning 100 two days prior

April 29, 2017

Waker plays their biggest show in Nashville to date at Marathon Music Works, hosted by Lightning 100

June 2, 2017

Waker releases the single "Pike" 

June 10, 2017

Waker plays the Who Stage at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

August 31, 2017

Waker releases their first music video ever. The band took their song,"Pike", and journeyed up 14,115 feet to the summit of Pike's Peak. 


September 9, 2017

Waker embarks on the "Wake Me Up Tour"

Wake Me Up Tour 2017 Poster Waker

October 7, 2017

Waker opens up for JJ Grey & Mofro at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN

Waker at Marathon Music Works

February 2, 2018

Waker embarks on "The Pike Tour"

Waker Spring Tour Poster

March 14-16, 2018

Waker returns to SXSW Festival to play three shows including The Nashville House, Red Gorilla Music Fest, & the New Nashville Riverboat

Waker SXSW New Nashville River Boat 2018

June 25, 2018

Waker announces David Crutcher's departure from the band

June 26, 2018

Waker announces Bobby Steinfeld will join the band on keyboards for the West Coast Tour

Bobby Steinfeld

July 5 , 2018

Waker embarks on the West Coast Tour spanning from Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, & Idaho

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July 30 , 2018

Waker announces Bobby Steinfeld officially joined the band on keyboards as the 7th member of Waker

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September - November, 2018

Waker heads into the studio with producer Lincoln Parish to finish recording their debut album

Lincoln Parish Waker Recording Debut Album

November 30, 2018

Waker releases the B-Side “Easy Tiger”

Easy Tiger Single Art

January 11, 2019

Waker releases the B-Side “False Calls”

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January - March, 2019

Waker goes on tour with Ripe. The tour went through a Polar Vortex and featured Waker’s first international show in Toronto, ON Canada.

Waker Ripe Bluebird Theater Denver

March 29, 2019

Waker releases “Already On The Ground”, the first single on their debut record

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April 17, 2019

Bobby Steinfeld quits the band