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Beloved was a Christian Emo-core band from Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Band History

Beloved formed in the fall of 1999. The original members all attended East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC from 1996-2000. They played local shows in the surrounding areas of Kernersville where they grew in popularity almost immediately. In 2000, they independently released their first album, ...And So It Goes. The band toured the country with bands such as Underoath, Luti-Kriss/Norma Jean (band) and Cool Hand Luke, including a performance at the Cornerstone Festival.

They gained the attention of upstart label Vindicated Records, who released their next release, The Running, later that year. In 2002, the band was in the process of signing with Takehold Records. However, the owner of Takehold Records, Chad Johnson, was also negotiating the sale of the label to Tooth & Nail Records at the time.

Ultimately, Takehold was sold to Tooth & Nail and Beloved signed with Tooth & Nail's Solid State Records division. Solid State re-released their EP, The Running, for their performance at Cornerstone in the summer of 2002.

The following year, the band entered the studio with producer GGGarth to record their follow-up full-length album, Failure On. The band supported the album with extensive touring and another re-release of The Running with a previously recorded bonus track in 2004.

In the fall of 2004, drummer/vocalist Joe Musten got married and subsequently decided that his commitment to his family superseded his responsibilities with the band and would be unable to continue. Because he was such an integral part of the band, the rest of the members decided to end Beloved rather than replace him.

Their farewell show took place in Winston Salem, North Carolina on January 14, 2005. The show also featured Underoath, Classic Case, Glass Casket, and a special surprise appearance by Norma Jean. Footage of their farewell show was released as a DVD entitled Kiss it Goodbye. Ex-members of Beloved went on to play in bands such as Monday In London, Classic Case, Dead Poetic, and The Almost.

Joe Musten now plays drums at a local church band in Greensboro, NC. He is also the vocalist for the new Solid State band Advent.
Matt Harrison and Johnny Smrdel also play in Advent.
Josh Moore currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC and is working on his solo project.
Dusty Redmon currently resides in Philadelphia, PA and plays guitar in The Almost. The band was a musical guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show in August of '07; and has been featured on MTV and Fuse. Their album "Southern Weather" peaked at #39 on the Billboard Top 200 in April 2007.


John Brehm is a tattoo artist at Ink Well Tattoos in Winston-Salem, NC. He owns a clothing label called OMBIE. ( )
Shawn Dallas owns a clothing label catered exclusively to the "drifting" scene called Driftstar Apparel. ( )
Mitchell Britt resides in Winston-Salem, NC and runs an art gallery and screen printing studio called Espiritu Workshop ( Mitchell also manages an Art and Music space called the Werehouse.


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