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The Belton, Texas-based heavy rock quintet Flyleaf formed in 2000 when frontwoman Lacey Mosley played a string of the dark, hard-edged songs she consistently wrote as a brooding teen for drummer James Culpepper. After a brief period of playing together, they recruited guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, members of a local outfit that had recently called it quits. In 2002, bassist Pat Seals joined, and the band, initially known as Passerby, was born. The road to Flyleaf's 2005 self-titled debut on Octone Records was dotted with more green lights than red: the band played wherever they were invited around their home state at first, gradually building the kind of fan base that allowed them to open for acts such as Bowling for Soup, Fishbone, and Riddlin' Kids. By 2003, with word of Mosley's arsenic-laced lyrics and blowtorch-style delivery spreading through Texas and beyond, Flyleaf earned a spot at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference. A contract from Octone was rushed to the signing stages by 2004. An EP, issued in early 2005 and also called Flyleaf, benefited from the production team of Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Blind Melon) and Brad Cook (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). Key tracks such as the roiling "Cassie" and the emo-tinged "Breathe Today," both of which appear on the full-length, furthered Flyleaf's reputation, as did raging live shows alongside Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, and Staind. For the fall 2005 release, producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, the All-American Rejects) joined Flyleaf in Los Angeles. A batch of 20 songs was winnowed to 12, with Mosley's searing vocals and Bhattacharya's and Hartmann's storming guitars offsetting each other to affect a sound by turns morose, compassionate, hopeful, and bitter. Following the release of Flyleaf, the band toured heavily on the festival circuit. They hit the main stage on the 2006 and 2007 Family Values Tour, as well as the Soundwave festival and Disturbed's Music as a Weapon III tour. They also made a jump to the world of video games when their single "I'm So Sick" was put in the first installment of the Rock Band series and their single, "Tina," debuted in Guitar Hero 3. After taking some time out of their hectic touring schedule to record, Flyleaf released their sophomore album, Memento Mori, in 2009. In 2010 Flyleaf delivered the EP Remember to Live, featuring stripped-down, reworked versions of some of the band's early songs. In 2012 the band released its third studio album, the Howard Benson-produced New Horizons, after which Mosley (then going by the name Lacey Sturm) and the band amicably parted ways. Kristen May, former lead singer for the band Vedora, was recruited as a vocalist, and the May version of Flyleaf recorded a single, "Something Better" (again produced by Benson), which was part of the 2013 EP Who We Are. Between the Stars, the band's fourth long-player and first outing for Loud & Proud Records, arrived the following year. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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  1.   Song
  2.   All Around Me
  3.   I'm So Sick
  4.   Fully Alive
  5.   Again
  6.   Chasm
  7.   There for You
  8.   Beautiful Bride
  9.   Set Me on Fire
  10.   Call You Out
  11.   Thread
  12.   Cassie
  13.   Missing
  14.   Arise
  15.   Breathe Today
  16.   Something Better
  17.   Fire Fire
  18.   Sorrow
  19.   Red Sam
  20.   Perfect
  21.   Circle
  22.   I'm Sorry
  23.   In the Dark
  24.   Tiny Heart
  25.   New Horizons
  26.   Broken Wings
  27.   So I Thought
  28.   Marionette
  29.   The Kind
  30.   Set Apart This Dream
  31.   Well of Lies
  32.   What's This
  33.   Head Underwater
  34.   Amy Says
  35.   Justice & Mercy
  36.   Ship of Fools
  37.   Magnetic
  38.   Stand
  39.   Treasure
  40.   Tina
  41.   Sober Serenade
  42.   Traitor
  43.   Freedom
  44.   Cage On The Ground
  45.   Dear My Closest Friend
  46.   Believe in Dreams
  47.   Swept Away
  48.   Pride (In the Name of Love) by Richard Patrick
  49.   Blue Roses
  50.   City Kids
  51.   Platonic
  52.   Saving Grace
  53.   Bury Your Heart
  54.   Great Love
  55.   Okay
  56.   Break Your Knees
  57.   This Close
  58.   Melting (Interlude)
  59.   Green Heart
  60.   Avalanche
  61.   Home
  62.   Light in Your Eyes
  63.   Tied to the Broken
  64.   How He Loves
  65.   Ocean Waves
  66.   Something I Can Never Have
  67.   Something I Can Never Have
  68.   Bonus Material
  69.   Do You Hear What I Hear
  70.   Much Like Falling
  71.   Christmas Song
  72.   Enemy
  73.   Have We Lost
  74.   Who Am I
  75.   Uncle Bobby
  76.   Lead Me To The Cross by Chris and Conrad

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