17th Sun, initially a cover band was formed in November of 2000 in Stevenson, Alabama. After performing covers in NE Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee for a couple of years, the band quickly opted to begin writing its own music and made multiple member changes. Vocalist Keith Hughes, the sole remaining original member, was soon joined by Chattanooga rock scene veterans Chip Ables (guitar/vocals), Shane Hartline (guitar), Brian Kelley (drums), and Jody Swygert (bass).
Since then, 17th Sun has emerged as one of the top acts in the Greater Chattanooga area and has Rocked shows all over Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. They have performed live with national recording artists such as Nonpoint, The Exies, Adema, Sponge, Audiovent, Double Drive, Injected, and Sunset Black, as well as nationally touring cover and tribute bands like Chris Jericho’s Fozzy and Mistress of Reality. In 2007, the band also performed at Chattanooga's largest musical event, "The Riverbend Festival".