The Fray

The Fray



The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The Fray achieved national success with their first single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)", which became a top ten hit in the United States. The release of their second single, "How to Save a Life", brought the band worldwide fame. The song charted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 5 single in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The group's self-titled, second album, released in 2009, debuted at number-one on the Billboard charts[4] and was certified gold in the United States, Australia and Canada. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010.[5] While both the albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed. The Fray was ranked No. 84 on Billboard's "Artists of the Decade" list.[6] Their third album Scars & Stories, released in 2012, achieved moderate commercial success; debuting and peaking at number four on the Billboard 200. The album again received mixed reviews from critics. The band's fourth album, Helios, was released in February 2014. The band's fifth and latest album, Through the Years: The Best of the Fray, was released in November 2016.

The Fray's use of the piano as the lead instrument in their music has led critics to compare the band with English piano-driven bands such as Coldplay and Keane.[7][8][9] However, the band lists its influences as the Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Better Than Ezra and U2.[10]



Through the Years: The Best of the Fray
Through the Years: The Best of the Fray is an album by musical group The Fray, released on November 4, 2016.
Changing Tides
Changing Tides is a song by musical group The Fray, released on October 28, 2016.
Singing Low
Singing Low is a song by musical group The Fray, released on September 9, 2016.
How to Save a Life
"How to Save a Life" is a song by American pop rock band The Fray.

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News Articles6

INTERVIEW: The Fray’s Dave Welsh talks greatest hits album and tour
Daily Free Press  –  October 30, 2016
The Fray is a timeless band. Their soft, yet energetic, ballads attract fans of all ages, and their continued success has kept long-time listeners waiting for more. The award-winning group is currently on tour with pop-rock group American Authors for ...
Q&A: The Fray member Joe King discusses current tour, band origins
Daily Bruin  –  October 24, 2016
King, guitarist and vocalist of the Denver-originated rock group the Fray, fondly recalls the band’s performance a decade ago at the Wiltern when it played its debut album “How to Save a Life” at the intimate Los Angeles venue, he said. On Monday ...
REVIEW: The Fray transports audiences with classic hits
Daily Free Press  –  November 6, 2016
The Fray sang a new song called “Corners.” It was a spectacular performance that, without completely altering their pop-rock roots, presented a different, refreshing sound. Halfway through the performance, The Fray switched up their set as the ...
The Fray performs hits for enthusiastic crowd at casino
Citizen's Voice  –  November 6, 2016
“(The Fray) is like the Venn diagram of our music tastes,” said ... Prior to the Denver band taking the stage, Brooklyn-based pop rock band American Authors warmed up the audience. Lead singer Zac Barnett took the stage with gusto, clad in typical ...
The Fray at House of Blues Nov. 6
The News-Herald  –  November 3, 2016
That creative aspect for The Fray included venturing off the well-worn pop-rock path that defined the band early in its career. Included on “Through the Years: The Best of the Fray” are three new songs. One of the tracks is the haunting “Singing Low ...
The Fray wrestles with identity at the Masonic
The Daily Californian  –  October 24, 2016
The Fray’s show at the Masonic on Oct. 18 was not only a celebration of its classic hits but a testing ground for its newest tracks; the resulting show was a mix of the lyrical theatrics of its past work, acoustic experimentation and rhythmic pop rock.


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