BORN & RAISED is the product of Dane Ernst, Jon Meneley, and Carlos Pulido. During the fall of 2008, Dane was asked to get some people together to open up a show for Corey Posey. Dane called Jon and Carlos, who did not know each other at the time, and picked up the bassist from Corey Posey's band and proceeded to play a 45 min set. The show was received very well by the audience and the chemistry between the 3 band members encouraged them to continue their musical ambitions.
Over the next couple of months, Dane, Carlos, and Jon started writing and recording song ideas, while looking for a stable bassist to complete their quartet. The logical choice came when bassist Vinay Badhiwala joined the group shortly before the winter of 2008. From there, Born & Raised began playing open mic night at The Garage in Denton, and after a few Monday nights with good feedback, they were moved to the weekend. Over the course of the 2009 year, Born & Raised played several shows and were encouraged to pick up a singer. After playing without a singer for about 8 months, Born & Raised picked up their first singer and proceeded to play in Fort Worth, Greenville, and Downtown Dallas. At the beginning of the school year in 2009, Vinay chose to go to medical school in Aruba, which forced the band to find another bassist. Luckily, Miles Norton stepped in for Vinay and brought a funky, blues influence to the band. Unfortunately, band parted ways with their first singer at the end of 2009 and Born & Raised picked up Kenny Hada, cousin of Carlos. Then, in April of 2010, Born & Raised picked up seasoned singer Jason Webb, who had been singing in bands for over 10 years. During this time, the band recorded their first full-length 13 track album called "Ghosts of Tomorrow" in the Nomad Recording Studio who mastered such acts as Pantera, King Diamond, Damageplan, Izzy Stradlin, and Mercyful Fate. Regretfully, after 2 1/2 years of service, the band and Miles decided to part ways due to unforeseen complications, however, Vinay Badhiwala was accepted back into the band after moving back from Aruba to pursue his education at UNT.
At the beginning of 2014, the band and singer Jason Webb mutually parted ways and the search for a new voice began. After a grueling audition process in which 35 applicants were considered, the band decided on hiring ex-New Voodoo vocalist Nate Miller to join the family. With the new singer came a new evolution and perspective on the music.
After opening up for such national acts as Texas Hippie Coalition, King Diamond, The Heroine, and Hemlock, the band completed their newest EP called "The Epic Prologue" which is a 6 track album released in the fall of 2015. They have opened for Dave Lombardo, Chris Poland, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Nick Menza's respective bands Philm and Ohm in Long Beach, CA at the Metal Before Dishonor Tour.
In late 2015 dummer Dane Ernst decided to leave the band to move out of state and pursue other opportunies. After a nearly year long search the band welcomed Eric Fox as its new drummer.
Born & Raised is currently in the studio recording the follow up to The Epic Prologue, set for release in the Summer of 2017.