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Issue Date: February 1, 2009
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SoundBites: Isaac Slade of The Fray

Hear a new track from The Fray along with a special USA WEEKEND video introduction from the band at USA WEEKEND's Who's News blog.

Why do you feel your songs connect so well with people?
That is such a hard question to answer because it is like asking a painter why people buy their paintings. I honestly don't know why, but I am glad that they do.

The single You Found Me debuted in a Lost promo during "Grey's Anatomy." That used to be considered selling out. Is that still the case?
No, I don't think so. It is important to try and stay ahead of the curve and still keep your credibility. We try to keep a finger on the pulse of changing media, and TV is the new radio.

"And I would have stayed up with you all night had I known how to save a life."

Is it hard balancing touring and family life?
We did research on Bruce Springsteen, and he said three weeks was the limit [for touring]. As soon as he got over 21 days, he became a stranger to his children and had to reintroduce himself to his wife. It helps going home, having kids and dogs and trash to take out and normal family functions.

How do faith and pop music intersect for you?
Faith is hard to talk about, but for me there is a coherency that I find in faith. There is a pull toward living and believing the same thing. There is no room for thinking one thing and then living another.

Does it bother you that people recognize your songs more than your faces?
We don't want to be known as anything else other than musicians. We aren't trying to be reality stars.

How do you stay grounded with the success?
I still pay my cellphone bill. Wait a second -- I don't pay my cellphone, but I fill my own gas.

-- T.J. Walter

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The Fray's debut album, "How to Save a Life," was the top-selling album on iTunes in 2006, and the band has sold more than 6 million digital tracks.

The song "How to Save a Life" has sold more than 2.5 million downloads and was a top-five single in eight countries.

"Over My Head (Cable Car)" was written about a rift between Isaac Slade and his little brother, Caleb -- whose nickname is Cable Car.

For the new self-titled album, in stores Tuesday, the band filmed a documentary, "Fair Fight," which was culled from 175 hours of footage shot over 14 months.

Slade is related to baronet Sir Benjamin Slade and is among many Slades worldwide who may be the rightful heir to a 1,300-acre, nine-bedroom estate in Somerset, England.

Hear a new track from The Fray along with a special USA WEEKEND video introduction from the band at USA WEEKEND's Who's News blog.

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