Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band
Eli Young Band

Mike Eli
Background information
Origin Denton, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 2000-present[1]
Labels Carnival
Universal South
Republic Nashville
Website http://www.eliyoung.net
Mike Eli
James Young
Jon Jones
Chris Thompson
Past members
Bryan Tyler
Mark Sims

Eli Young Band is an American country music band based in Denton, Texas. The band is composed of Mike Eli (vocals, guitar), James Young (guitar), Jon Jones (bass guitar), and Chris Thompson (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 2002, followed by the Carnival records release Level in 2005. Their third album, Jet Black & Jealous, was released in 2008 by Universal South Records. A second major-label album, Life at Best, was released in 2011 by Republic Nashville; it includes their first #1 hit, "Crazy Girl".



Mike Eli and James Young met each at the University of North Texas when they became dorm roommates their freshman year. They played guitar and eventually began writing and singing songs together; they formed the acoustic duo, Eli & Young, while attending the University of North Texas.[1] Chris Thompson and Jon Jones joined them later on and they became the Eli Young Band.[2]

They released their first album in 2002, self-titled "Eli Young Band". In 2005 they released "Level" on Carnival Records and opened shows for Miranda Lambert.[2] National exposure on CMT and GAC helped them begin to build a following well outside of their touring base. They sold as many as 2,000 tickets a night in multiple markets. In late 2006 they released Eli Young Band Live At the Jolly Fox located in Huntsville, Texas. Early in 2007, they signed a management deal with George Couri and C3 Management. Their plans included a rigorous tour schedule and key opening spots with Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, and Jack Ingram, as well as a spot on the 2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

While touring, they were also making songwriting a top priority and made time for writing trips and retreats at the Young family ranch. Energized with new songs, they were ready to begin working on a new album in late 2007. Working with producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke (who have also produced for Lambert), they took time off from touring to record at Omni Studios in Nashville. Their third album, Jet Black & Jealous, was released in 2008. Its lead-off single, "When It Rains", spent thirty-seven weeks on the country charts and peaked at #34.[3] A second chart single, "Always the Love Songs" (co-written by David Lee Murphy and George Ducas), scored the Eli Young Band their first top 15 hit, making #11. ("Radio Waves" also made top 40, while "Guinevere" peaked at #45.)

They were nominated for an Academy of Country Music award as the Top New Vocal Group or Duo, an award that is based on the number of fan entries on the GAC website. They lost to the Zac Brown Band. They were then nominated for the 2010 Top New Vocal Group for the 45th ACM Awards, but lost to Gloriana.

They appeared as part of the pregame ceremonies for an NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on December 5, 2010. Mike Eli forgot the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and was promptly booed. He attempted to sing the song again, but forgot a considerable amount of the lyrics in his second try.[4]

In 2011, the Eli Young Band moved to Republic Nashville and released their fifth overall single, "Crazy Girl" as the lead single off "Life at Best". It became the band's first gold-selling digital single [5], as well as their first #1 single.

Band members


  • Mike Eli (lead vocals, guitars)
  • James Young (lead guitar, backing vocals)
  • Jon Jones (bass guitar, backing vocals)
  • Chris Thompson (drums)


  • Mark Sims (guitar)
  • Bryan Tyler (guitar)


  • Blu Sanders (guitars, backing vocals)
  • Allen Huff (organ)


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Eli Young Band
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Carnival Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Release date: April 5, 2005
  • Label: Carnival Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Jet Black & Jealous 5 30
Life at Best
  • Release date: August 16, 2011
  • Label: Republic Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
3 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Crazy Girl
  • Release date: May 3, 2011
  • Label: Republic Nashville
  • Formats: music download
24 128

Live albums

Title Album details
Live at the Jolly Fox
  • Release date: November 14, 2006
  • Label: Carnival Records
  • Formats: CD, music download


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
2007 "When It Rains" 34 Jet Black & Jealous
2008 "Always the Love Songs" 11 69
2009 "Radio Waves" 35
2010 "Guinevere" 45
2011 "Crazy Girl" 1 30 66 Life at Best
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Songs charted from unsolicited airplay.

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2009 "Guinevere" 60 Jet Black & Jealous


Music videos

Year Video Director
2006 "When It Rains"
2008 "When It Rains" (version two) The Brads
2009 "Always the Love Songs" Eli Young Band
2010 "Guinevere" Brian Lazzaro
2011 "Crazy Girl"
"Crazy Girl" (live)[10] Mason Dixon


  1. ^ a b "Who's New: Eli Young Band". Country Weekly 15 (14): 58. 2008-07-14. 
  2. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Eli Young Band biography". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p697650. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Eli Young Band Billboard Country Songs Chart History", Billboard (magazine), New York City, 16 August 2008. Retrieved on 21 October 2010.
  4. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/06/chiefs-fans-destroy-guy-who-destroys-national-anthem/
  5. ^ http://countrymusictattletale.com/2011/07/29/eli-young-bands-crazy-girl-goes-gold/
  6. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/eli-young-band/chart-history/652009?f=357&g=Singles. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/eli-young-band/chart-history/652009. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/eli-young-band/chart-history/652009?f=357&g=Singles. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Crazy+Girl%22.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eli Young Band : Crazy Girl (Live)". Country Music Television. http://www.cmt.com/videos/eli-young-band/688991/crazy-girl-live.jhtml. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 

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