Take Note Colorado is a new statewide initiative to provide access to musical instruments and instruction to every K-12 student in Colorado. Under the leadership of co-chairs Governor John Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade, lead singer of The Fray, Take Note Colorado will reach its goals by hosting signature music events that build community and raise funds to increase students’ access to music; by serving as a connector and convener to catalyze the efforts of musicians, music education providers, schools, citizens and businesses; by researching and better understanding the current state of music education in Colorado and working to provide tools and resources to help fill gaps; and ultimately, by helping to provide access to musical instruments and instruction for every K-12 student throughout the state. Take Note Colorado is built on the belief that we can all play a role in bringing music into the lives of students.
The fourth album Helios from critically acclaimed Denver-based foursome The Fray will be released February 25 on Epic Records. Of the new music, produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic), Isaac Slade (piano, vocals) notes, “Working with Stuart was the best of both worlds. We brought our organic instruments, and he brought his arsenal of electronic antiques. This record is all about running to the front lines of what we’ve done and pushing our borders even farther. Electronic instruments, drum samples, enormous backing vocals, opening up our writing to folks outside our camp.”
The band premiered the lead single “Love Don’t Die” on the “Today Show,” kicked off the first night of late night television sweeps performing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” rang in the New Year as part the global TV celebration “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” and recently performance on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The new music has received early critical acclaim from Denver Post as well as Billboard hailing its “bare emotion bolstered by echoing backing vocals and unexpected twang.” The video for “Love Don’t Die” is streaming now at Vevo: http://smarturl.it/LDDvid. Pre-order for the album is available now: http://smarturl.it/helios. The band will continue to tour in the new year, dates forthcoming.
The Fray is Slade, Joe King (guitar, vocals), Dave Welsh (guitar), and Ben Wysocki (drums). The Denver-based foursome formed in 2002 after high school friends Slade and King bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. The Fray achieved national success with their 2005 debut, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The band also earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for their self-titled release.