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Jordan Mark Witzigreuter (born November 14, 1989), known professionally as The Ready Set for more than a decade, is an American singer-songwriter from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the lead vocalist and sole member of the act, using a backup band while on tour. He has released five studio albums, Syntax and Bright Lights, Tantrum Castle, I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming, The Bad & The Better, and I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, six extended plays and seven singles. He is best known for the commercially successful single "Love Like Woe" from his major label debut I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming.

The Ready Set
The Ready Set - live 2009.jpg
The Ready Set in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJordan Mark Witzigreuter
Born (1989-11-14) November 14, 1989 (age 29)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitethereadyset.com

As of July 2019, Witzigreuter has begun a new project, now using the name Onlychild. He has released six singles and a four-track EP under this name.[4][5][6][7]

Witzigreuter is also a part of the synthpop band Nekokat, alongside Cameron Walker, and Jess Bown of The Summer Set.

Early lifeEdit

Witzigreeter was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a location he frequently mentions in his music. At the age of 10, his mother signed him up for drum lessons. This lead to him playing the drums in bands at the age of 14. After becoming acquainted with other instruments, he began touring with bands at the age of 16. As a seventeen-year-old, Witzigreuter participated in various bands, including the ska band Take Sides, the hardcore band Saints Never Surrender, and the acoustic band brideandgroom.

CareerEdit

In 2007, Witzigreuter began making music independently under the name "The Ready Set." His first two albums Syntax and Bright Lights and Tantrum Castle were recorded in the basement of his childhood home. Initially uploading his music to Myspace, Witzigreuter then began performing his music live. His first performances took place at The Mocha Lounge in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a coffee shop where he worked. His performances evolved to that of a live band, and he began performing for music festivals. These included The Bamboozle and Bamboozle Left, the Bamboozle Roadshow, and the MTV VMA Tour.[8] He also opened for bands like Boys Like Girls.[9]

The Ready Set has also made performances on MTV on multiple occasions, including an appearance on MTV's TJ Search Live Finale and being the "One to Watch" on MTV's 10 on Top. Witzigreuter has also been featured twice on MTV's Buzzworthy.

Pete Wentz signed Witzigreuter to his label Decaydance Records in 2009.[10] After leaving Decaydance following his second album, he subsequently signed with labels Razor & Tie and Hopeless Records, releasing The Bad & The Better on the former and I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love on the latter.[11][12] Following these albums, he begun to release music independently in 2018 with two extended plays: V1 and V2.[13]

In 2012, Witzigreuter featured in an episode of Disney Channel's So Random!.[14]

Band membersEdit

  • Jordan Witzigreuter- vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums

Touring musiciansEdit

  • Cameron Wright – guitar, backing vocals
  • Travis Rountree – drums, percussion
  • Matthew Shaughn – bass guitar

Former touring musiciansEdit

  • Mike Naran - guitar, backing vocals
  • Deryck Stanek - guitar, backing vocals
  • Keegan Weckler - guitar
  • Andy Snyder - bass guitar

DiscographyEdit

The Ready SetEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
US
[15]
US Heat
[16]
US Indie
[17]
2008 Syntax and Bright Lights
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Self-released
2009 Tantrum Castle
  • Released: March 27, 2009
  • Label: Self-released
2010 I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming 3
2014 The Bad & The Better 75
2016 I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love 24

Extended playsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
US
[15]
2009 Cascades
  • Released: April 29, 2009
  • Label: Self-released
2011 Feel Good Now
  • Released: October 8, 2011
  • Label: Sire
179
2013 I'll Be Waiting
  • Released: July 2013
  • Label: Self-released
2014 The Celebrity EP
2018 V1[18]
  • Released: March 16, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
2018 V2[19]
  • Released: August 10, 2018
  • Label: Self-released

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[20]
US
Adult

[21]
US
Pop

[22]
NZ
[23]
2010 "Love Like Woe" 27 35 15 I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming
"More Than Alive"
2011 "Young Forever" 39 Feel Good Now
"Hollywood Dream"
2012 "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)" 30 33 The Bad & The Better
2014 "Higher"
"Freakin' Me Out"
"Fangz"
2016 "Good Enough" I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love
"Disappearing Act"
2018 "Life in Pink" non-album single
2019 "Stitch" V2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

MiscellaneousEdit

  • regifted. (2010)
  • GMYH V.2 (2013)
  • Sorry, Sorry (2013)

As featured artistEdit

  • Down (feat. The Ready Set) (2017) by Streex

Other AppearancesEdit

- "Airplanes" (originally performed by B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore)

- "Roll Up" (originally performed by Wiz Khalifa)

- "I Don't Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You"

NeokokatEdit

OnlychildEdit

Extended playsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
US
[15]
2019 Solstice
  • Released: July 26, 2019
  • Label: Self-released

SinglesEdit

  • Phantom (2017)
  • February (2017)
  • War & Wildflowers (2017)
  • Lost (2019)
  • Teeth (2019)
  • Houston St (2019)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""I want it to feel like it comes out of nowhere" –The Ready Set sign to Hopeless, release new track". Alternative Press.
  2. ^ "The Ready Set on His New Album and Hitting the Road for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour". Zimbio.
  3. ^ "Album Review: The Ready Set – "The Bad & The Better"". New Noise Magazine.
  4. ^ "Onlychild". YouTube.com.
  5. ^ "onlyonlychild". Instagram.com.
  6. ^ "GONE FISHKIN Announcement". Twitter.com. Fish.
  7. ^ "iamonlychild". Twitter.com.
  8. ^ "The Ready Set - MTV VMA TOUR!!! (Episode 8) [NO SECOND CHANCES]". YouTube.com. The Ready Set.
  9. ^ "The Ready Set artist profile". last.fm.
  10. ^ "The Ready Set signs to Decaydance Records & Sire". Underthegunreview.net.
  11. ^ "THE READY SET SIGNS TO RAZOR & TIE : Razor & Tie". razorandtie.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "We Have a New Addition to the Family!". Decaydance.com. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  13. ^ Cihak, Lennon (August 9, 2018). "Electro-pop sensation The Ready Set talks creativity for 'V2' EP [Interview + Premiere]". EARMILK. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Ready set performs Young forever on So Random". YouTube.com. Disney.
  15. ^ a b c "The Ready Set – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Ready Set – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "The Ready Set – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/v1-ep/1354877058
  19. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/v1-ep/1354877058
  20. ^ "The Ready Set Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  21. ^ "The Ready Set Album & Song Chart History – Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  22. ^ "The Ready Set Album & Song Chart History – Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  23. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  24. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – November 29, 2010: The Ready Set certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 29, 2010.

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