Flyleaf Biography

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Lacey Mosley - vocals
Sameer Bhattacharya - guitar
Jared Hartmann - guitar
Pat Seals - bass
James Culpepper - drums

Heavy music and pained lyrics go together like cake and ice cream, and Belton, Texas quintet, Flyleaf, aren't about to break with tradition. But while many loud rockers reopen old wounds by singing about their broken homes and broken hearts, Flyleaf confront past traumas to heal old scars and prove in the process that hope shines brighter than despair.

"I used to be in a really negative band, and that seemed to almost fuel my emptiness because that's what the songs were about," says charismatic singer Lacey Mosley. "That's why I think what we're doing is important because there needs to be something heavy out there that has a positive message so people see that it's possible to get through the worst situations."

Flyleaf's self-titled debut album echoes with songs about abuse, neglect, addiction and dysfunction, and messages about overcoming adversity. And the band's wide array of brooding beats, atmospheric textures and lunging riffs compliment Mosley's emotionally revealing lyrics, which range from breathy and beautiful to scathing and aggressive.

"I'm So Sick," starts with a moody bass line throbbing over a haunting ethereal vocal before guitars crash in like a rock through a plate glass window. The track see-saws between rage and reflection, guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann providing textural flourishes and atmospheric touches that bridge the emotional shifts. "Cassie" layers stop-start guitars atop an urgent backbeat and builds to an exultant chorus. "All Around You" augments a wall of power chords with evocative jazzy licks and "Fully Alive" is a cinematic number with angry muted riffs that segue into another glorious refrain.

Flyleaf's infectiously heavy positivism is all the more surprising considering Mosley's struggles while growing up. "My mom was a young single mother of six," she explains. "We didn't have money and things were hard for all of us. We moved whenever we couldn't make ends meet in one place, and that happened pretty often so there was a lot of struggling, suffering and character building.

"It's easy to get depressed when you're dealing with that kind of stress," she continues, "especially when it looks like things will never get better. There was nothing constant in my life, and nothing to believe in. I got into some really bad stuff that I thought would make me feel more loved, or maybe just numb, but it cost me everything that was important to me, and literally almost took my life."

When you take a dive, sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can swim your way back to the top. For Mosley, writing songs about survival helped her reach the surface and breathe again. "I had to lose everything to look up and see that there is a truly constant hope of a happy ending and that's what we make music for," she says. "If my music helps one person, than it's worth having been through what I've experienced."

Five years ago, Mosley started playing music with drummer James Culpepper. The two joined up with Bhattacharya and Hartmann, who were in a local band that had just split up. "Our first practice together was awesome," Mosley says. "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." Bassist Pat Seals joined in 2002. "The doors were open and I just happened to walk through at the right time," Seals says.

Flyleaf played anywhere they could slowly but consistently increased their fan base with local bands and national acts like Riddlin Kids, Bowling for Soup, Fishbone, and Evanescence. Eventually they landed a show at Austin's legendary annual music convention South by Southwest in 2003.

Although their set started at the un-rock n' roll time of 5 p.m., they rocked the house, which lead to a showcase for various labels. After many meetings and much deliberation, Flyleaf signed with Octone.

Then in early 2005 the band's self-titled debut EP - produced by Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Blind Melon) and Brad Cook (Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age) - was released and listeners got a taste of the band's poignant song craft through tracks like "Breathe Today", "Cassie" and "I'm Sorry" which also appear on Flyleaf's full length. To support the EP, Flyleaf toured with Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, STAIND and Trust Company, though many of the audiences at these shows had no idea who Flyleaf were when they started playing, every night their spirited performances earned them new fans. To launch the LP, Flyleaf is touring with Cold, STAIND, POD and Taproot.

"We think about where we started and where we are and realize, 'wow, we are playing in front of 1000 people tonight.' And then we just can't be thankful enough to those bands who gave us a chance to play with them, even though we are sort of nobodies."

In spring 2005, Flyleaf recorded their full-length debut with acclaimed producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, POD and All American Rejects. Flyleaf stayed in Los Angeles for two months and worked on more than 20 songs with Benson at Bay 7 Studios. Together they decided on 12 of them to arrange, fine tune and shape so they best reflected the group's powerful messages and experiences.

"He really took an interest in what we had to say and helped put all the parts in the right places," Mosley says. "We were so used to recording with our friends and finishing whole EPs in a few hours. So it was great to spend 2 months with Howard having this surreal professional experience in every part of the process."

Flyleaf originally called itself Passerby, but another artist trademarked the name before they had the chance. Ultimately the group decided to change its name to something far more befitting of their personal, confessional songs.

"A flyleaf is the blank page at the front of a book," explains Mosley. "It's the dedication page, the place you write a message to someone you're giving a book to. And, that's kind of what our songs are -- personal messages that provide a few moments of clarity before the story begins."

With their tight knit chemistry, compassionate approach and songs that haunt the mind hours after they've stopped playing, Flyleaf are turning heads and leaving crowds wanting more. Indeed, their story has just begun.

Thanks to terry-rasea for submitting the biography.

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Inspiring! ^-^ <3 | Reviewer: Flyleaf forever <3 | 3/3/13

Flyleaf has changed my life forever. The music they make is just breathtaking and I never want it to stop! Flyleaf is my favorite band and Lacey is my favorite singer EVER, so when I found out that she was leaving I just died inside. I can't gelp but be selfishand want Lacey to stay and make more wonderful music. But, I'm glad she is leaving to take care of her son and her family. For that I hope she has a very happy life and I wish her the best. Lacet we will all miss you and I hope that someday, you will sing for us again. I wish I could've seen you in concert but I guess I let that chance slip away. We will all miss you and we love you Lacey. To the band, good luck with the rest of your music careers you are all fantastic! May all your days be full of inspiration and music of course ;)

Flyleaf rocks | Reviewer: Amy | 11/27/12

the more I read, the more AMAZED I become!!!!
Praying I see Lacey sing with flyleaf one last time.
Love, Love Love New Horizons. Such a song of Faith now matter how bad things are. Every time I go into work, I play this song for an upbeat feeling.
God Bless you-You make it ok to Rock out to God and our problems.

I LOVE FLYLEAF!!!!!!!(: | Reviewer: amber<3 | 9/22/12

WOW!!!!! just saw my other comment about you guys and gotta say i did mean everything i said and cant believe yall made it this far im so proud of you guys made keep rockin!!!!!!

awesome music!!!!!!(: | Reviewer: amber | 9/16/12

i just got to say im listing to my favorite song from you guy and its called " arise" and i keep playing it over and over again and im like WOW !!!!(: and its ao amazing to here lacys voice again and again in my head and for a twelve year old i love yalls music alot i wish i could get to go to one of yalls concerts when yall come back to san antonio okayyyy thanks bye!!!!(:

i <3 flyleaf | Reviewer: kenzie simon | 4/27/12

i love flyleaf and its a very deticated story on how you guys became a band. My favourite song(s) all around me, fully alive, im so sick, and missing ;) i love preety much all of them but those aremy favourites. i love playing im so sick on rock band i do all the time :D so much fun!! hope you guys keep playing and succeed along your journey to the top :D and good job lacey being voted one of the top 10 rock singers!! love you guys and keep on rockin!!

YOUTUBE | Reviewer: Romeena | 11/16/11

for those of you who are doubting that Lacey and her band is Christina, check it out on youtube! or google it (duh)!! no use blabbing about what you think is wrong or right when obviously you can find out yourself... LOVE YOU FLYLEAF! ALWAYS HAVE! AMAZING biography btw :D

in love | Reviewer: hannah | 10/7/11

i love flyleaf they have taught me alot even when i was down in the dumps i could listen to the song sorrwo and it would change my whole mood but even now im listening to again by them and its true what shes saying about only surrender can help you now b/c sometimes you have to surrender to get through whatever your facing and i think flyleaf does that perfectly

I can feel you all around me | Reviewer: Essence Benson | 9/22/11

For years I always wondered why Flyleaf's music was so empowering, why I lifted my hands to the sky. I Discovered that these songs were songs for God. Flyleaf's music is fueled by their faith, their worship. After 4 years of discovering flyleaf, I gave my live to God. :)

I can feel you all around me | Reviewer: Essence Benson | 9/22/11

For years I always wondered why Flyleaf's music was so empowering, why I lifted my hands to the sky. I Discovered that these songs were songs for God. Flyleaf's music is fueled by their faith, their worship. After 4 years of discovering flyleaf, I gave my live to God. :)

I love you guys! | Reviewer: Cecilia | 8/4/11

I love this band. This band has pulled me in to the genre of rock and I love how they are ministring to the non-christians without it being a full sermon. I admire that and I really would love to go to one of your concerts soon!

Flyleaf is the beat to my heart | Reviewer: Justin | 7/17/11

Flyleaf's music is just pure amazingness to me. A while back i heard one of their songs, and it was the first Flyleaf song I have heard which was " im so sick ". And after listening to that song a few times i could understand the message and really relate to it. i love all Flyleaf's songs and not just because its a catchy beat or anything like that... i love their songs because of those things but most of all the messages their songs give and on some acations they can make me from mad or sad to happy. Flyleaf, I cant live without u!!!

Flyleaf loves Jesus | Reviewer: Sally | 5/21/11

Whoever is concerned about Flyleaf not being fully for God, please go look up their lyrics and really listen to the awesome metaphors and stories they create. They bring real truths about walking with Christ to thier music, without always mentioning his name (besides a few songs) so that they can reach the people who are immediately turned off to bands labeled "Christian". This is purely my opinion, but I fully believe that their songs scream Jesus and His glory and beauty, and that they are reaching so many who would have never turned on a Christian song before this.

*** | Reviewer: cassie mosley | 4/26/11

i love ur music!but r u a christin band ive had people tell me 'all around me'was detacated 2 god i would lik 2 no , i like to thank u cause ur music has helped me a whole lot. i am also doing a paper on you at school just 2 say how inspirational u are... THANK YOU!!!!!!!

what?????? | Reviewer: aleiyna | 12/16/10

i have so many questions.First what is flyleafs message to the world? i have a good vibe about them but my sources are still curious. under comcast ondemand it has flylesf as a christian group, but not one time have i seen them mention this in this text, or even a sign and im really good at reading or hearing signs and my mind is obligated to know the truth. if this is a true statement i would really love to know. and if it is not i still would like the update. now i do like flyleaf but as you obviously comprehend i dont like false messages, so if they are a christian group it would leave me and my mind and your eyes at peace, because i only like to listen to this type of music. thanks

yall | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/10

y'all really have helped several people that ike that are close to me including myself i am a big fan. i am glad things played out the way it did seems you guys have been through a lot... but it took yall to were yall needed to be :] god bless you guys

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