Reedy, Bunn and Miker first ventured out on their own as DecembeRadio after a stint as touring band for evangelist Billy Wayne Arrington. After a year of gigging, DecembeRadio released two independent albums in early 2005. Following their signing with Slanted Records and the addition of Daughdrill on drums, the band released DecembeRadio in June 2006. The album was nominated for "Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album" at the 49th Grammy Awards, and won the 2007 Dove Award for "Rock Album of the Year".
Musically, DecembeRadio is heavily influenced by hard rock and blues-rock from the 1970s, owing to early exposure to family members' record collections. Their sound has been compared to that of Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz, among others.
DecembeRadio's fourth album, Satisfied, was recorded during breaks between tours and is scheduled for release in August 2008.
After a performance opening for evangelist Billy Wayne Arrington in Dublin, Virginia, Arrington invited Bunn and Reedy to join his touring band. Bunn credits Arrington with helping to alter the band's focus: "We were playing music for God, but we didn't really know why we were doing it. It was more so to be 'rock stars', per se, and just use God as a way to get there. And so he really helped us flip-flop that and get it the way it should be."
Eric Miker started playing guitar at the age of sixteen when his father taught him a few chords. After two years at West Virginia University, Miker felt a calling to go into Christian ministry. He met Bunn and Reedy at a youth event in West Virginia, where he impressed the pair with the "Sweet Child o' Mine" guitar lick that he added to a worship song. Shortly thereafter, Miker joined the band full time, playing with Arrington for a few months before the trio ventured out on their own. The band came up with its name after Miker photographed an old radio with a calendar on top of it open to the month of December.
DecembeRadio played scattered dates for churches and youth groups in 2004 with Bunn as the lead singer. However, Bunn would contract a virus that paralyzed three-quarters of his vocal cords, and Reedy took over as lead singer. (Bunn regained most of his voice after therapy.) The band also found time to record two albums that would be released independently in early 2005. Noise was a self-produced album of praise and worship covers on which each band member contributed at least two lead vocals, and Dangerous contained nine original songs and a cover of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz. Dangerous was produced with Scotty Wilbanks, whom the band met through Arrington.
Mississippi native Boone Daughdrill joined the band in late 2005, having previously toured with Kimberly Perry, Jump5 and ZOEgirl. "We got Boone's phone number from [Wilbanks] about a year ago. We called him up and were like, 'We need a drummer for this stint of dates.' We met him at the airport and as soon as he walked off of the plane and gave us a big hug it was like we'd known him forever and we decided to keep him!" said Bunn. Wilbanks also arranged a showcase performance for DecembeRadio in front of record company executives, leading to the band’s signing with Slanted Records in December 2005.
DecembeRadio continued playing gigs and releasing singles from DecembeRadio to radio in early 2007, and then joined Superchick’s Generation Rising Tour for a string of dates in April and May. More accolades came the band’s way with their nomination for four Dove Awards ("New Artist of the Year", "Rock Album of the Year", "Dangerous" for "Rock Recorded Song of the Year", and "Drifter" for "Song of the Year"), though their only win would be for "Rock Album of the Year".
Recording of the band's fourth album continued in early 2008, but the sessions were again interrupted for a major tour, this time in support of Third Day in March and April. Soon after the tour ended, DecembeRadio finished recording the album, which is scheduled to be released on August 26. "It's got a real southern feeling, definitely 'Crowes-ish' and swampy," said Reedy of the new album, which is titled Satisfied.
The band members credit family members with introducing them to rock music through old collections of vinyl records. Boone Daughdrill cites "When the Levee Breaks" as his biggest influence. "When I heard that drum fill come in the intro...oh! I was a little kid and my uncle had all of the Zeppelin records. He was a drummer too and he would always be like, 'Man, check these guys out.' I was only three or four and I didn’t know what music was, but I knew that I loved that."
Brian Bunn and Eric Miker credit Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, respectively, with their interest in taking up guitar. Bassist Reedy started out on guitar, as well, stating that his inspiration was either "Crossfire" or "The House Is Rockin'" by Stevie Ray Vaughan. "I was really into blues before anything else," said Reedy.