After gaining a brief taste of major-label success during the '80s and '90s -- particularly with Marvelous 3, whose single Freak of the Weak became a modern rock hit in 1999 -- singer/guitarist Butch Walker traded his bandmates for a solo career. Moreover, he also established himself as an in- demand producer by working with such marketable artists as Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, and Pink.
Raised in Cartersville, GA, Bradley Glenn Walker III launched his public career with the band SouthGang, which traveled to Los Angeles in 1988 and inked a contract with Virgin Records. The pop-metal group released two albums before splitting up, and Walker soon resurfaced with Marvelous 3. The band enjoyed moderate popularity as the '90s wound to a close, but Walker soon grew frustrated with the band's label, Elektra Records, and Marvelous 3 splintered soon after.