Flyleaf (band)

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Flyleaf in 2013. From left to right: Pat Seals, Jared Hartmann, Kristen May, Sameer Bhattacharya, James Culpepper.
Background information
Origin Belton[1] and Temple, Texas[2]
Genres Alternative metal,[1] hard rock,[3] post-grunge[4]
Years active 2002[5] –present
Labels A&M/Octone, GUN, INO
Associated acts Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace

  • Kristen May
  • Sameer Bhattacharya
  • Jared Hartmann
  • Pat Seals
  • James Culpepper

Past members

Flyleaf is an American hard rock band, formed in the Belton[1] and Temple, Texas[2] regions in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres. They performed around the United States in 2003 until releasing their eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005. The album went platinum after selling more than one million copies.[6] The band won an online poll on and was named Yahoo!'s Who's Next band of the month in March 2006 and they were named MTV's artist of the week on December 24, 2007.[7][8] Flyleaf released their second album Memento Mori on November 10, 2009 which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard charts.

Flyleaf's third album New Horizons was revealed in October 30, 2012. At the same time, lead singer Lacey Sturm announced her departure and the band announced the new lead singer for the band, Kristen May.

Band history

Early on Lacey Sturm started playing with James Culpepper. Guitarists Jared Hartmann and Sameer Bhattacharya were later recruited. "Sameer and Jared are really experimental with melodies and pedals, and we all had different influences that were all blending together with the same passionate and hopeful heart, and that brought out this beautiful feeling. It was magical," said Sturm.[9] Bassist Pat Seals joined after leaving his previous band The Grove.

As Passerby, the band released three EPs and played over 100 shows in Texas alone over the span of two years under the booking and promotion company Runt Entertainment.[citation needed] In 2004, Passerby played a showcase for RCA Records in New York City in hopes of getting signed. RCA passed on the band, but the president of Octone Records was very interested. They waited for two days in their van at a truck stop for a phone call about an Octone showcase. They were signed after the showcase, and on January 7, 2004, Octone Record's website announced their arrival to the label.

In March 2004, Flyleaf traveled to Seattle, Washington to record an EP with Rick Parashar. Afterwards, they toured with Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, Staind and 3 Doors Down to promote their self-titled EP. Due to legal reasons, they renamed themselves Flyleaf in June 2004.[10] In October, the EP was released to stores (as Flyleaf), spawning their first official single and video for the EP version of "Breathe Today".

Debut album (2005–08)

In 2005, the band recorded their first full-length album with Howard Benson. On October 4, 2005, the record was released under the title Flyleaf. Appearances on the album include Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Ryan White of Resident Hero. The first mainstream single from their debut album was "I'm So Sick", "Fully Alive" was the second, "All Around Me" was the third, and "Sorrow" was the fourth.

In the summer of 2006, the band played on the mainstage of the Family Values Tour 2006 and in late 2006, Flyleaf toured with Disturbed, Stone Sour and Nonpoint on the Music As A Weapon III Tour. The band issued an exclusive EP, which was sold at the tour called Music As A Weapon EP which features an acoustic version of "Fully Alive", and three previously unreleased tracks: "Much Like Falling", "Justice And Mercy", and "Christmas Song" (Much Like Falling and Justice and Mercy later appeared on Much Like Falling EP). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the EP went to World Vision.[11]

In 2007 Flyleaf toured with Three Days Grace and throughout Australia with the Soundwave festival, and also toured Europe with Stone Sour and Forever Never. In the spring of 2007, Flyleaf headlined their Justice & Mercy Tour which first featured Skillet and Dropping Daylight. Later on they did a second leg of the tour which featured Sick Puppies, Kill Hannah and Resident Hero. Flyleaf again joined the Family Values Tour in 2007.[12] The music video for "I'm So Sick" appeared briefly in the 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard. Also a remix of the song "I'm So Sick" is on the Soundtrack to the movie Resident Evil: Extinction. "Perfect" was also released as a single in late 2007 to Christian radio stations. Released on November 5, 2007, the The Sims 2 expansion pack Teen Style Stuff featured the band's song "Cassie" recorded in Simlish.

Flyleaf at Beale Street Music Festival on May 2, 2008.

Flyleaf also released a song entitled "Tina" which was the first song that they debuted in the release of Guitar Hero 3 as part of the Companion Disk Set. Also, the song "I'm So Sick" appears in Rock Band. On October 30, Flyleaf also released a digital EP titled Much Like Falling EP. The songs included on this EP were "Much Like Falling", an acoustic version of "Supernatural", the limited release song "Tina", and The EP is available on iTunes along with the expanded edition of their debut album. On April 26, 2008, the band released their fourth video "Sorrow" from their debut album on MTV2.[13] The band toured with Seether in late spring, but had to cancel five shows due to a problem with Sturm's voice. The members of Flyleaf took the fall off to write new music, hoping to begin recording by January.

Flyleaf also contributed a cover of the song, "What's This?" from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack for its cover album, Nightmare Revisited.

Memento Mori (2009–2010)

When the band finished recording their second album, The band had selected 14 songs out of the 30 already written. Some of these songs, such as "Again", "Have We Lost", and "Beautiful Bride" have been performed live. The band reunited with producer Howard Benson and enlisted the mixing services of Chris Lord-Alge[14] It was released on November 10, 2009.[15] The album has been titled Memento Mori. It features songs such as "Beautiful Bride", "Arise", "Missing", "Again" and "Set Apart This Dream" which was inspired by the Christian book Wild at Heart.[16] Flyleaf has debuted an additional two songs live during a small acoustic tour the band did in Afghanistan for United States Armed Forces called "Chasm" and "Circle".[17] As they published on their MySpace page, Flyleaf's first single "Again" was released on iTunes and also played on the radio. Meiert Avis directed the single's music video titled "Again".

Sturm performing in Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan in 2009.

The group, starting in Seattle, Washington on September 28, 2009, held VIP listening parties throughout the country inviting fans to be the first to hear a selection of songs from the new record and view brand new music videos before they aired nationwide. By partnering with Eventful, fans were given the opportunity to demand that their city get routed into the "Road to Memento Mori" using Eventful's "Demand It!" service.

Based on overwhelming demand there were over 10 events. Fans saw Sturm, Sameer Bhattacharya, and Jared Hartmann, who made special appearances at these intimate gatherings across the country.[18]

On November 2, 2009, the band released a short Webisode for their new album.[19]

Flyleaf's other video, "Beautiful Bride," was shot in early August 2009 by director Don Tyler. The video was originally released at the Memento Mori listening events, but was later featured on Yahoo! the day Memento Mori came out. The video features James' sister/Sameer's wife, April, as the bride and Joshua Sturm, Lacey's husband, as the groom. Like "Again," this video features Pat's artwork throughout the video. Future singles are set to include "Chasm" for rock stations and "Missing" for alternative.

Flyleaf toured throughout the United States with Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace that lasted from January to March 2010. They embarked on a headlining tour called the "Unite & Fight Tour" with 10 Years and Fair to Midland. The tour began on April 28, 2010 and ended on June 6, 2010. June 11, 2010 the group has acted on MUZ TV Award 2010(Премия МУЗ-ТВ) in Russia with songs: "I'm So Sick", "Again" and a song: "All Around Me". They are one of many bands that performed at Download Festival on June 12, 2010. The band encouraged fans to donate to stop human trafficking in other countries.

Flyleaf performing in 2010.

The band was scheduled to continue with the second leg of the "Unite & Fight" tour from September 10, 2010 to October 23, 2010, with Story of the Year, and performed at various festivals through the end of the year. They also released an animated music video for "Chasm" on September 22, which was directed/animated/illustrated by Giles Timms. At the end of the Unite and Fight tour in early November, Lacey collaborated with band Apocalyptica on the song "Broken Pieces", as well as with Australian singer Orianthi in her new song "Courage".[20] Soon after they released "Arise" as the next single from Memento Mori.

On November 6, 2010, the band performed at Rock the Hood, a festival at Fort Hood in memory of all the soldiers who have died, especially the 13 who died at the November 2009 shooting.

On November 15, 2010, Lacey publicly shared her pregnancy with the fans. Lacey said via Facebook that she and her husband Joshua would be expecting a baby boy in early 2011.[21]

On December 7, 2010, Flyleaf released an EP titled Remember to Live, then released a cover of the John Mark McMillan song "How He Loves" on December 21, 2010.[22][23]

New Horizons and change in vocalists (2011–2013)

On January 22, 2011, Hartmann announced that he and Culpepper were building a recording studio and preparing to record demos for their next album.[24] In February 2011, the band started pre-production for their next album at Treelady Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.[25]

On June 1, 2012, the band confirmed via Twitter that the album and first single will be called "New Horizons".[26] The single premiered on South East Michigan's 89X Radio on August 1, 2012,[27] and released through iTunes on August 21, 2012.[28]

On September 4, 2012, Lacey Sturm's birthday,[citation needed] Flyleaf released the official video for "New Horizons" on Fuse. The video included a picture in the background as a tribute to Rich Caldwell and footage of Lacey and Joshua Sturm's son, Joshua "Jack" Sturm.[29]

Flyleaf also released an additional single, entitled "Call You Out", on September 25, 2012.[citation needed] The album was released on October 30, 2012.[30]

On October 22, 2012, the band announced that Lacey Sturm was stepping down as the band's lead vocalist. In a statement written by Pat Seals, Kristen May, formerly of Vedera, was announced as Sturm's replacement. Sturm expressed that with the birth of her son, Jack, and the death of one of the band's lead audio engineers, Rich Caldwell, that she knew the true meaning of "Memento Mori" (the title of their second full-length album).[31]

Guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya stated in an interview that they will write new music with their new lead vocalist Kristen May.[32]

Who We Are EP (2013–present)

Flyleaf released a new single on June 18, 2013 with May on vocals, "Something Better" featuring P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval. A new EP, Who We Are, was released on July 9, 2013.[33]


The band's style has been identified as alternative metal,[34] hard rock,[35][32] heavy metal,[34] nu metal,[36] post-grunge,[4] alternative rock,[37] post-hardcore[38] and "emo-metal".[39] Because of the many religious references in Flyleaf's music, they are also considered as Christian rock and Christian metal band.[40][41]

Christian faith

The five original members of the band are Christians. Their faith influences their music, but former lead singer Sturm doesn't believe that necessarily makes Flyleaf strictly a Christian band. The band says they are Christians who play in a rock band, and their faith is heard within their music.[42] "We all share the same faith." In 2005 Flyleaf performed a free concert at Los Angeles Pierce College for a Christian group at the college, which was a three-day event.

In a May 2010 interview, lead singer Sturm was asked how it felt to be in a Christian rock band and play in Las Vegas:

Well, you know what? I don't know what you mean by a "Christian rock band." It's hard to say that because people all have a different definition of what that means. If it means that we're Christians, then yeah, we're Christians, but if a plumber's a Christian, does that make him a "Christian plumber?" I mean we're not playing for Christians. We're just playing honestly and that's going to come out.[43]

Band members

Current members
  • Sameer Bhattacharya – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • Jared Hartmann – rhythm guitar (2002–present)
  • Pat Seals – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • James Culpepper – drums, percussion (2002–present)
  • Kristen May – lead vocals (2012–present)
Former members



Title Award Nominated work Result
Golden Gods Awards Hottest Chick in Metal[44] Lacey Sturm Nominated
"AMTV" Favorite Music Video "Missing" Won
BMI 2009 Pop Song Award "All Around Me" Won[45]
Dove Awards 2011 Rock Album of the Year Memento Mori Nominated[46]


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