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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.   I'm So Sick
  3.   All Around Me
  4.   Fully Alive
  5.   Again
  6.   Chasm
  7.   There for You
  8.   Set Me On Fire
  9.   Beautiful Bride
  10.   Call You Out
  11.   Thread
  12.   Cassie
  13.   Arise
  14.   Perfect
  15.   Breathe Today
  16.   New Horizons
  17.   Missing
  18.   What's This
  19.   Green Heart
  20.   So I Thought
  21.   Red Sam
  22.   Fire Fire
  23.   I'm Sorry
  24.   Justice & Mercy
  25.   Sorrow
  26.   Well of Lies
  27.   Broken Wings
  28.   Circle
  29.   Okay
  30.   Amy Says
  31.   Treasure
  32.   Platonic
  33.   Freedom
  34.   How He Loves
  35.   Break Your Knees
  36.   Bury Your Heart
  37.   Great Love
  38.   The Kind
  39.   Ship of Fools
  40.   Magnetic
  41.   Stand
  42.   Light in Your Eyes
  43.   Saving Grace
  44.   Sober Serenade
  45.   Tina
  46.   Something I Could Never Have
  47.   Home
  48.   City Kids
  49.   Traitor
  50.   Cage On The Ground
  51.   Dear My Closest Friend
  52.   Believe in Dreams
  53.   Tiny Heart
  54.   This Close
  55.   Swept Away
  56.   In the Dark
  57.   Pride (In the Name of Love) by Richard Patrick
  58.   Tied to the Broken
  59.   Avalanche
  60.   Blue Roses
  61.   Marionette
  62.   Head Under Water
  63.   Something Better
  64.   Melting (Interlude)
  65.   Set Apart This Dream
  66.   Ocean Waves
  67.   Something I Can Never Have
  68.   Something I Can Never Have
  69.   Bonus Material
  70.   Do You Hear What I Hear
  71.   Much Like Falling
  72.   Christmas Song
  73.   Enemy
  74.   Have We Lost
  75.   Who Am I
  76.   Uncle Bobby
  77.   Lead Me To The Cross by Chris and Conrad

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