Mormons Who Rock the Music Industry

Neon Trees

Mormons Who Rock the Music Industry: Neon Trees


Neon Trees, the spunky pop-rock band known for its bright clothing and danceable songs, consists of four Church members. In 2008, the band was the opening act for The Killers (whose lead singer is also LDS), and in 2010 their first single, "Animal," climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Alternative Rock chart. Two of the band's songs, "Animal" and "Everybody Talks," have been featured on the hit TV show Glee, and "Everybody Talks" was featured in a commercial for the 2012 Buick Verano.

Frontman Tyler Glenn made waves when he recently revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that he was gay. In the media frenzy that followed, Glenn told NPR, "I think I've definitely received some positivity, but there are also those comments: 'How can you say you're Mormon and also gay?' And maybe that's the thing that doesn't make sense to people. But to me it makes sense to say, 'I'm figuring it out.'"

Soon after Glenn's announcement, drummer Elaine Bradley was featured in an I'm a Mormon video (see below). She married her husband, Sebastian, in the Mt. Timpanogos Utah Temple in 2011 and is the mother of one child.

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