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Fighting Instinct

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Fighting Instinct
OriginUnited States
Years active2004–2008
Past members
  • TJ Harris
  • Jason Weekly
  • Chris Burrow
  • Derek Drye
  • Dallas Farmer

Fighting Instinct was a Christian rock band formed in Winston-Salem/Greensboro, North Carolina. It was founded by TJ Harris and Dallas Farmer. They played together for several years before they met up with Jason Weekly in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area. Jason Weekly came up with the band's name.

They released their first CD, Fighting Instinct, in mid-2006. The first single off this album, "I Found Forever," was featured on both rock and Christian radio stations. "I Found Forever" rose to No. 31 on the active rock charts with virtually no touring. The band's Christian single, "Back to You", reached No. 5 on the Christian CHR charts. "Back to You" and "Just to Please You" were only released to Christian radio stations. In October 2008, the band announced on their MySpace that they were releasing a five-song EP, but also announced they were going to disband at the end of the year.

Their Lead Vocalist, TJ Harris, joined the band Decyfer Down in 2008.

Later, in 2016, Harris reported in an interview that he left Fighting Instinct because Decyfer Down had asked him to join them.[8]

Music history

The group were called "One to Watch" by CCM Magazine.[9] They have a mutual appreciation of the band Led Zeppelin.[10]

They released, Fighting Instinct, on July 27, 2006, with Gotee Records. Their first studio album, Fighting Instinct, was reviewed in AllMusic,[1] CCM Magazine,[2] Christian Broadcasting Network,[11] Christianity Today,[6] Cross Rhythms,[3] HM Magazine,[12] Jesus Freak Hideout,[4] New Release Today,[7] and The Phantom Tollbooth.[5] The song, "I Found Forever", charted on two Billboard magazine charts.[13]



Year Title Label
2006 Fighting Instinct Gotee
2008 Under the Gun Independent


Year Title Label
2008 Under the Gun - EP Independent


Year Title Contribution Label
2006[14] X 2006 Back to You
2006[15] Freaked! - a Gotee Tribute to DC Talk's Jesus Freak Like It, Love It, Need It (DC Talk cover)
2007[16] Gotee Hits Back to You
2007[17] Gotee Acoustic Back to You (Acoustic)
2007[18] Gotee Worship Just to Please You


Year Song Album
2006 I Found Forever Fighting Instinct
Back to You
2007 Just to Please You


Original lineup
TJ Harris - vocals and guitar
Jason Weekly - bass guitar
Dallas Farmer - drums
Second lineup
TJ Harris - lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Jason Weekly - bass guitar
Derek Dyre - lead guitar and backing vocals
Chris Burrow - drums


  1. ^ a b c d Anderson, Rick (June 27, 2006). "Fighting Instinct - Fighting Instinct : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Banister, Christa A. (June 1, 2006). "Fighting Instinct: Fighting Instinct (Gotee)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 57. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2016. (A-) "While the formula that Fighting Instinct has come up with isn’t exactly new, the songs are so well-conceived that you don’t care."
  3. ^ a b c Cummings, Tony (May 22, 2006). "Review: Fighting Instinct - Fighting Instinct". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Mabee, Justin (June 8, 2006). "Fighting Instinct, "Fighting Instinct" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Gangl, Bert (November 29, 2006). "Fighting Instinct - Fighting Instinct". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e Breimeier, Russ (June 26, 2006). "Fighting Instinct". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  7. ^ a b McNeese, Kevin (June 10, 2007). "This Debut Deserves Your Attention". New Release Today. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Decyfer Down Interview 2016, A Exclusive Interview". Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  9. ^ Coleman, Paul (July 1, 2006). "Fighting Instinct: Finding Forever" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 26. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  10. ^ Rimmer, Mike (July 22, 2006). "Fighting Instinct: From Led Zep To Bathing In The Presence". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  11. ^ Goodwyn, Hannah (June 27, 2006). "Fighting Instinct by Fighting Instinct". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  12. ^ MacIntosh, Dan. "Fighting Instinct - Fighting Instinct". HM Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  13. ^ Billboard. "Fighting Instinct : Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "various artists, "X 2006" Review". Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  15. ^ "Freaked! - a Gotee Tribute to DC Talk's Jesus Freak by Various Artists on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  16. ^ "Gotee Hits - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  17. ^ "Gotee Acoustic - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  18. ^ "Gotee Worship - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
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