Ever wonder how the band you know and love today came to be about? Here's everything you need to know.
Though "Waker" has only existed for one year, we can date back to 2003, the start of it all.
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.
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
Bader, Kelly, & Ladd become a band named Koa
They begin recording their debut EP, "Cool It Down", with Chase on drums
Will Youngclaus joins the band as the drummer
Alex Mathews joins the band on saxophone
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
February 25, 2013
The "Cool It Down" EP is released featuring 4 songs, including "Cool It Down" & "Turtles"
September 8, 2013
Koa introduces "Karl" the elephant
November 10, 2013
Koa plays their first out-of-state show in Tuscaloosa, AL
January 2, 2014
Koa headlines Nashville's famous Exit/In for a free show, sponsored by Lightning 100
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
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
May 7, 2014
Koa coins the fanbase as the "Koalition"
May 10, 2014
McClanahan officially joins the band
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
October 30, 2015
Koa releases their second EP, "This Is Koa", on CDs exclusively
Koa opens a few shows for Moon Taxi in Colorado
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.
May 2, 2016
The band embarks on their 2016 Summer Tour
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
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
July 1-2, 2016
Koa headlines two back-to-back theatre shows in Colorado at Fox & The Bluebird
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
August 15, 2016
The band officially changes its name from Koa to Waker
The Audiotree Session is released
August 27, 2016
Waker returns to Belmont to headline Battle of the Bands as the Alumni Band
Waker hits the road, opening for the legendary act, Blues Traveler
November 10, 2016
Waker headlines a sold out show at Exit/In in Nashville, TN
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"
October 7, 2017
Waker opens up for JJ Grey & Mofro at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
February 2, 2018
Waker embarks on "The Pike Tour"
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