Singer/songwriter Quinn Erwin was at a crossroads. Having recently relocated to Nashville, he found himself surrounded by a series of losses in his own life and in the lives of those close to him. Compelled by a desire to comfort the mourning, Erwin suddenly found himself embarking on a new direction musically – one inspired by the notion that death is a homecoming, rather than a reason for grief.
“I couldn't recall if I had ever heard any songs about death that were triumphant and celebratory,” he explains. “So I made it my mission to write one.”
That initial inspiration became a verse. The verse became a song. The song would eventually take Erwin in an unexpected direction entirely, launching the creation of a band.
Afterlife Parade was born.
Erwin then began to focus on recording the songs that would become a two-part concept record titled Death & Rebirth. Death, produced by Jeremy McCoy (bass player for The Fray), was released in January 2011, and its companion Rebirth, produced by production team I Am The Actor (Jason Morant, Jeremy Lutito of Leagues, and Daniel James of Canon Blue), was released in August 2011.