Splender was a melodic rock band from New York. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Waymon Boone and bassist James Cruz formed the alternative pop/rock quartet Splender in 1997. The New York based group went through various incarnations, eventually choosing drummer Marc Slutsky after he responded to an advertisement in the Village Voice and lead guitarist Jonathan Svec. Boone is the son of an R&B singer, and toured with his mother in his youth. The group's first shows were on a European festival tour opening for nu-metal group Korn, as well as playing various shows around New York City. The band was signed to Columbia Records after winning a Battle of bands. Todd Rundgren produced their 1999 debut album, Halfway Down the Sky. The album spawned two hits in "Yeah, Whatever" and "I Think God Can Explain." In 2001, the band signed to Clive Davis' J Records. A year later, To Whom it May Concern was released which spawned the single "Save It For Later." Shortly following their second release, the group disbanded. Waymon Boone announced via Myspace that the band was starting to record its new album and going on a tour in 2009. The project eventually fell through. During a lengthy radio interview, Waymon Boone confirmed that while the band had discussed reforming, it never came together. Boone is currently operating a studio in Los Angeles, California called Boondock Films where he produces music videos and films. Boone worked on The Devil's in the Details starring Ray Liotta.