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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. After four years with the band, May announced her departure in August 2016. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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  1.   Song
  2.   I'm So Sick
  3.   All Around Me
  4.   Fully Alive
  5.   Again
  6.   Home
  7.   Something Better
  8.   There for You
  9.   Chasm
  10.   Perfect
  11.   Justice & Mercy
  12.   Set Me On Fire
  13.   Beautiful Bride
  14.   Cassie
  15.   Something I Could Never Have
  16.   Sorrow
  17.   Call You Out
  18.   Tied to the Broken
  19.   I'm Sorry
  20.   Red Sam
  21.   Breathe Today
  22.   This Close
  23.   Arise
  24.   Marionette
  25.   Set Apart This Dream
  26.   So I Thought
  27.   Treasure
  28.   The Kind
  29.   What's This
  30.   Stand
  31.   Thread
  32.   Broken Wings
  33.   Circle
  34.   Platonic
  35.   Green Heart
  36.   Fire Fire
  37.   Tiny Heart
  38.   In the Dark
  39.   Blue Roses
  40.   Well of Lies
  41.   Sober Serenade
  42.   Traitor
  43.   Freedom
  44.   Bury Your Heart
  45.   Great Love
  46.   Okay
  47.   Light in Your Eyes
  48.   How He Loves
  49.   Dear My Closest Friend
  50.   Melting (Interlude)
  51.   Swept Away
  52.   Ship of Fools
  53.   City Kids
  54.   Saving Grace
  55.   Cage On The Ground
  56.   New Horizons
  57.   Believe in Dreams
  58.   Missing
  59.   Pride (In the Name of Love) by Richard Patrick
  60.   Avalanche
  61.   Head Under Water
  62.   Magnetic
  63.   Amy Says
  64.   Break Your Knees
  65.   Tina

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