Created in 2002, Flyleaf is a female led modern rock band from Temple, Texas. Their sound resembles modern bands Halestorm and Vedera. Associated acts include Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace. Flyleaf’s style is similar to the post-grunge Christian music that spawned in the early 2000s. Notable bands Creed, Evanescence, and 12 Stones also jumped on this genre bandwagon.
The group began when Lacey Sturm collaborated with James Culpepper, Jared Hartmann and Sameer Bhattacharya. With no particular direction, their writing reflected the different musical backgrounds of the individuals. Later, they added bassist Pat Seals and the band Flyleaf formed. They spent the next two years playing in the Texas area until finally attracting the attention of RCA Records. The label decided not to sign them; yet, Octone Records found their sound appealing. Afterwards the group inked their first deal and began recording their first EP.
In 2004, their self-titled single released and put Flyleaf on the musical map. They followed by touring with popular acts 3 Doors Down, Skillet, and many more. Afterwards, they returned to the studio to begin work on their first full length album. In 2005, with the help of Dave Navarro and other famous artist, Flyleaf dropped their debut record. The album featured four singles and opened the door for them to jump on the Family Values tour in 2006. They followed that tour, by heading to the UK to play at the Soundwave Festival with Stone Sour, Three Days Grace and others. They continued to support their album for the next 2 years until they headed to the studio for their follow-up record.
In 2009, they released their sophomore album, Memento Mori. The record scored mixed reviews; yet did well with their fan base. The band’s popularity began to rise, forcing members to make special appearances in support of their music. Again, Flyleaf followed by touring with Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin. The dropped their EP, Remember to Live in 2010, and then began work on their next album.
In 2012, the group released their single, “New Horizons” from their latest album. Soon afterwards, Sturm announced she was leaving the band to spend more time with her family. Flyleaf responded by formally accepting her departure and hiring new singer, Kristen May. The next year they recorded their first song featuring May and began work on a new album. In 2014, Flyleaf announced it will have a new album ready soon and they were currently under new label, Loud and Proud Records.