FireHouse is a hard rock, glam metal, and American rock band from North Carolina. Formed in 1989, the band became famous during the 1990s with singles like Do not Treat Me Bad , Reach for the Sky and All She Wrote as well as with ballads like I Live My Life for You, Love of a Lifetime and When I Look Into Your Eyes . At the 1992 American Music Awards, FireHouse won the best new hard rock / metal band award in front of Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
During the 1990s, the group remains very popular in Asia, mainly in Japan, Thailand, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. It also remains popular in South America and Europe. FireHouse continues to release new albums until the late 1990s and early 2000s, and most succeed in the charts in Japan. The group also continues to tour internationally from 2007, after two appearances on the Rock Never Stops Tour with other bands from the 1980s. Since their debut, the number of FireHouse albums sold has been estimated at over seven million albums worldwide>.
Originally composed of guitarist Bill Leverty's singer CJ Snare, drummer Michael Foster and bassist Perry Richardson, the band has retained its original formation, with the exception of Perry Richardson's departure in 2000. The latter is replaced three times before recruiting current bassist Allen McKenzie who joined FireHouse in 2004>.
Firehouse's beginnings date back to 1984, when Bill Leverty's band, White Heat, needed a drummer. After more than 20 auditions, FireHouse drummer Michael Foster responds to the announcement and, impressive Bill Leverty by his talent, is quickly engaged. Outside touring with the group, Bill Leverty and Michael Foster often went to rock clubs, and it was in one of these clubs that they saw a group called Maxx Warrior. The singer and bassist of this group are, respectively, C.J. Snare and Perry Richardson. Leverty and Foster are impressed by C.J. Snare's vocal ability, which has been instrumental for her arrival in the band. After the separation of Maxx Warrior, Bill Leverty sends C.J. Snare some of his songs and asks him to sing in their band. Michael Foster and Bill Leverty, again impressed, bring in C.J. Snare to be the band singer for a show in Virginia a few weeks later.