He Is We Biography
Trevor and Rachel met while working at Ted Brown Music Company, a music store in their home town of Tacoma, Washington. He Is We initially relied on social networking, using websites such as myspace and Facebook. In 2009, they were named PureVolume's number one unsigned band of the year This online presence and the release of an album of old demos in February 2010 led to their signing with Universal Motown Records. Prior to the release of My Forever, He Is We toured with The Rocket Summer. Their debut album My Forever hit number 6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts. On their website, He Is We says that the start of the band came from "the idea that someone who you pass everyday can influence the rest of your life...and you would never know."
"Trevor and I would see these local bands with these cocky auras about them. They didn't want to communicate with fans or acknowledge them in any way. He Is We gets its meaning from us wanting to be like everyone else. We are so blessed and want to stand with the crowd and make someone go, 'Dude, she was standing right next to me earlier, and now she's on stage.'"
Rachel and Trevor were the founding duo that comprised He Is We. The touring members initially included Harrison Allen (drums), Carman Kubanda (guitar), and Aaron Campbell (keyboard/guitar). Later, Jake Randle (bass guitar) replaced Aaron Campbell.
In early 2012, Rachel was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and Stevie Scott filled in for the remainder of the tour. Despite being officially replaced by Scott in August, and having stated "Walking away from the label would mean that I would be walking away from the He Is We name but I would regain my freedom to be me. I would regain my ability to connect with you fans 100% with my words. I wouldn’t feel like I can only release what THEY want me to. I could be the soul that longs to escape this dreary vessel.", she returned to the band at the end of October 2012, whilst Kelly departed to form his own band.
After Kelly left with Stevie Scott in 2012, Rachel continued to pursue the project herself. She has said that she plans to release new music and tour in 2013. Despite rumors surfaced of her changing the name of He Is We and moving in a new direction, she insisted that the rumors were completely untrue and she would do no such thing.