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By pitching their music somewhere between the arena-friendly style of U2 and the mature pop/rock of bands like Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, the Fray rose to commercial prominence with their 2005 debut, How to Save a Life. The Denver-based band had formed three years prior, when former schoolmates Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals) unexpectedly bumped into each other at a local music store. The pair began a series of two-man jam sessions and soon expanded their lineup with two of Slade's former bandmates, drummer Ben Wysocki and guitarist David Welsh. Slade's younger brother, Caleb, also joined the band for a stint but was ultimately asked to leave; the resulting rift between the two siblings would later inspire the band's first hit single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)." After issuing the Movement EP in 2002, the quartet gained the support of Denver's KTCL radio station with a follow-up release, 2003's Reason EP. As the Fray's airplay increased alongside their local profile (Westword, a Denver alternative weekly publication, deemed them Best New Band in 2004), they began attracting attention from Epic Records. The label ultimately signed the band in December 2004, and the Fray toured alongside Weezer and Ben Folds the following summer. How to Save a Life was released in September 2005, and "Over My Head (Cable Car)" found a quick home on modern rock radio. By early 2006, it had crossed over to Top 40 chart status, peaking at number eight and whetting the public's appetite for another hit. The Fray responded by releasing the album's title track, which was heavily used in a promotional campaign for the TV series Grey's Anatomy and quickly became one of 2006's biggest singles. "How to Save a Life" was a worldwide smash, reaching the Top Ten in the U.S. (where it continued to chart for 58 consecutive weeks) and peaking at number one in Bulgaria, Ireland, Canada, and Spain. By the time the smoke had cleared, the Fray's debut had been certified double-platinum in the U.S. and was declared the best-selling digital album of all time. As How to Save a Life continued to enjoy worldwide chart success, the live album Live at the Electric Factory was released in selected independent stores in July 2006. The Fray re-released their Reason EP the following year while continuing to tour, occasionally playing new material at their high-profile shows. The band also found time to return to the recording studio, and 2009 saw the release of their self-titled sophomore effort, The Fray. The Fray’s third studio outing was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was inspired by the group's trips to Rwanda and Germany. The resulting Scars and Stories, which was named after an unused B-side, was preceded by the single "Heartbeat" and released on February 7, 2012. At the end of the year frontman Isaac Slade confirmed the band was starting work on its fourth record in 2013, and the Fray subsequently headed into the studio with producer Stuart Price (the Killers, Madonna, Keane). Titled Helios, the album was issued in February 2014 and was preceded by the upbeat single "Love Don't Die." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
The Fray

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    Singing Low

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    Helios

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    Scars & Stories

    10 songs

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    The Fray

    12 songs

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    How to Save a Life

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    Covers

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    Acoustic In Nashville - Bootleg No. 2

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    Over My Head (Cable Car)

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    Love Don't Die

    13 songs

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    Live at the Electric Factory: Bootleg No. 1

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    Live From Soho

    29 songs

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    The Collection

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    How to Save a Life [Bonus Track]

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    Hurricane

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    Heartbeat

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    Heartless

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    How To Save A Life

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    Over My Head (Cable Car)

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    Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)

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    You Found Me

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    Reason EP

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    Through the Years: The Best of the Fray

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    Fray [Bonus DVD]

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    How to Save a Life [CD/DVD]

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Top Songs by
The Fray

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    Popularity
  2.   Over My Head (Cable Car)
  3.   You Found Me
  4.   How To Save A Life
  5.   Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)
  6.   Never Say Never
  7.   Syndicate
  8.   Heartbeat
  9.   Singing Low
  10.   All at Once
  11.   Heartless (Swinghouse Session)
  12.   Look After You
  13.   Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World
  14.   Happiness
  15.   Run for Your Life
  16.   Enough For Now
  17.   She Is
  18.   Little House
  19.   Vienna
  20.   Love Don't Die
  21.   Break Your Plans
  22.   Absolute
  23.   Heaven Forbid
  24.   Be Still
  25.   Hold My Hand
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