The Fray Tickets
The song that has lately hooked gen-Xers and teeny-boppers alike, is "How to Save a Life" by the fabulous newcomers The Fray. The song made it to the top three on the Billboard Hot Hundred soon after it came out, and eventually gained popular appeal internationally, making it to the top five on Singles charts in countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden and the UK. The Fray entered the realm of superstardom with their debut and their popularity has steadily spread across the globe. Their debut album How to save a Life was released in 2005 and was certified the double Platinum by the RIAA. It was also certified Platinum in Australia and New Zealand.
The Fray is a classy four-piece piano rock band. It was formed as recently as 2002 by former class-mates Isaac Slade and Joe King. Dave Welsh and Ben Wycocki joined the band later. Slade does vocals and piano, Joe King is on guitar and vocals, Dave Welsh is also on guitar and Ben Wysocki plays drums and percussion. Their song "Over my head" (Cable car) became a top ten hit in the United States and Canada. The Fray recently signed on for this year ('08/'09) as an ambassador for VH1's Save The Music Foundation. They performed at the American Music Awards in '08. As the song "Cable Car" rose on the charts, "How to Save a Life" was featured on Grey's Anatomy, and later, on an episode of Scrubs. ABC announced in 2008 that the song would be part of the advertisement used for promoting the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy. This prompted the song to become the band's second Top 40 hit in the U.S, selling over one million downloads.
The Fray's music has helped boost the appeal for many films and TV shows. Songs such as "Look After You," "Never Say Never," and "You Found Me" have been used in movies Jumper, Cold Case and episodes of TV series Journeyman and One Tree Hill.
This, in turn, has given them an incredible boost as a band. The spotlight it has cast on them in the music scene is well deserved because The Fray get it just right with well-composed lyrics and sophisticated, original music. They have been likened to U2 in their music style as well as the lead vocalist's style, which has caused them to be disregarded by some as a bad imitation, and embraced by others for refashioning a familiar sound. No matter what the secret of their success, The Fray has come to define the music of the present moment. Their work has touched and excited millions of music lovers across the world and will continue to do so for a long time to come.