Joining forces in Dallas, Texas in 2002 Ryan Parvis (vocals, lead guitar), Travis Behl (vocals, bass) and Brian Hughes (vocals, rhythm guitar) formed the Transcenders to focus on writing and playing songs whose heartfelt messages inspire creativity, positive-thinking and spirituality. Yearning to find cohesion and fluidity of lyric and music, the Transcenders in 2004 added Lionel "Bud" Lucchesi (drums) and Brian Girard (keyboard) to the mix infusing rock, blues, funk, country and jazz along with stylized, improvisational solos and duel jams that showcase the talents and variety of musical influences of each member. the Transcenders energy and musical prowess capture new listeners, thus adding to and enriching an already solid and loyal fan base.
In Spring of 2005, The Transcenders released "What It Is" containing 12 original songs. Following their huge CD Release party at the legendary Poor David's pub, the band grabbed hold of opportunities to play in Austin at Antone's, Jovitas, and the Flamingo Cantina. Other venues followed such as The Granada Theater,Gypsy Tea Room, Homebar and Lakewood Bar & Grill in Dallas: Ft. Worth at Fred's Café, The Wreck Room, The Moon and the Aardvark. The band traveled as far as Tulsa playing at Cronie's Bar and The Riverwalk in Jenks, OK They have shared the stage with the likes of New Orleans The Radiators, Larry, Macon Grayson, Chris Holt, Fishing For Comets, The Dirt Blazers, Moving Matter, Jayson Bales and the Revival, Rahim Quazi, Hurt Street, Dan Walker, American Zeros, Groovin Ground, Mellowship,Johnny Llyod Rollins,Chris McFarland and Collin Herring.