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Flyleaf (pictured with former lead vocalist, Lacey Sturm)

Flyleaf is an American rock band, formed in the Belton and Temple, Texas regions in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres. They performed around the United States in 2003 until releasing their eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005. The album went platinum after selling more than one million copies. The band won an online poll on and was named Yahoo!'s Who's Next band of the month in March 2006 and they were named MTV's artist of the week on December 24, 2007. Flyleaf released their second album Memento Mori on November 10, 2009, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard charts. Flyleaf's third album New Horizons was released on October 30, 2012. Shortly before the album's release, lead vocalist Lacey Sturm announced her departure. Kristen May subsequently became the new lead vocalist. May sang with the band until August 2016, when she announced her departure from the band.

They toured with Evanescence during the Family Values Tour 2007. In an interview with News Times in July 2007, ex-lead singer, Lacey Sturm, talks about how they opened a show for Evanescence back in 2003, when Flyleaf were formerly known as Passerby:[1]

Vin1.jpg I didn't know a lot about (them), but I'd heard a lot of talk, like 'There's this really amazing metal band and they have a girl singer.' And I'm into metal. It's not really metal to me. But when I saw it, I was really excited because it did a lot for what we do and what we're trying to do. They're really different from us. They have their own thing going. And I think it's awesome for her to pave the way for, 'Hey, we're cool and I'm a female and we've done our thing and we're on active rock radio.' It's almost like saying, 'You can too'. Ben (Moody) was in the band at the time. He actually saw our set and wrote on their Web site about our band, that he thought we were really great. And then we got all these fans from the Evanescence message board because of what he said. Vin2.jpg

Band Members


  • James Culpepper – drums, percussion (2002–present)
  • Sameer Bhattacharya – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • Jared Hartmann – rhythm guitar (2002–present)
  • Pat Seals – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)


  • Lacey Sturm – lead vocals (2002–2012)
  • Kristen May – lead vocals (2012–2016)


  • Flyleaf (2005)
  • Memento Mori (2009)
  • New Horizons (2012)
  • Between the Stars (2014)