Hailing from central South Carolina, the female-fronted pop/rock quintet I Nine first appeared in 2005, having received a personal invitation from screenwriter/director Cameron Crowe to appear on the motion picture soundtrack for Elizabethtown.
The fresh-faced band -- comprised of vocalist Carmen Keigans, cellist/guitarist Bryan Gibson, guitarist Brian Whitman, and bassist Matt Heath -- had formed one year prior in Orangeburg, a sleepy town whose scant population required I Nine to play most of their early gigs in nearby Columbia. Seeking to pursue their craft in a more urban environment, the quintet soon relocated to Atlanta, GA, where they contributed to the Elizabethtown soundtrack and released their Live EP in 2005. Two years later, I Nine released the radio single "Seven Days of Lonely" to drum up support for their impending full-length debut, Heavy Weighs the King, scheduled for national release in 2008. ~ Andrew Leahey