Love and Theft are a country duo band comprised of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. With Brian Bandas, they initially worked as a trio. After playing a showcase for the performing rights organization ASCAP, several phone calls led to an audition which led them to sign with Carolwood Records, a sister label to the Disney-owned Lyric Street Records. In 2008, they opened several shows for Taylor Swift. In 2009, they released a Top 10 single "Runaway" and also their debut album, World Wide Open. Bandas left the band in 2011, and Gunderson and Liles continued their work in Love and Theft by signing to RCA Nashville later that same year.
Liles and Gunderson were born in 1984 and met each other through mutual friends in Nashville. Liles grew up in Palm Harbor, Fla., listening to early gospel and contemporary Christian music. He initially intended to be a college basketball coach prior to moving to Nashville. Gunderson was raised in Charlotte, N.C., and his family's musical tastes include Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, the Eagles, the Beatles and bluegrass.
Both are accomplished songwriters. Liles' credits include "Wrong Baby Wrong," a hit for Martina McBride in 2010.
The duo's self-titled album, released by RCA in July 2012, was produced by Josh Leo, whose credits include projects with Alabama and the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, among others. It includes the duo's first No. 1 single, "Angel Eyes," which Gunderson co-wrote with Eric Paslay and Jeff Coplan.
Love and Theft will be special guests during CMT on Tour Jake Owen: The Summer Never Ends 2012, a series of dates beginning Oct. 10 in New York City. The tour also features Florida Georgia Line.