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What The Fray Sounded Like Before They Sold 1.5 Million Records

In Music Business on December 27, 2006 at 1:00 pm

It’s a little known fact that in August 2004 Epic Records/Sony talent scout Daniel Davis downloaded The Fray’s Vienna MP3 (demo version) on my old website DemoDiaries. He emailed me asking for the band’s contact. Three months later Epic signed The Fray to a recording contract. Now two years later, their debut CD has sold 1.5 million (on its way to 2x platinum in the U.S. alone). They are currently nominated for two Grammy awards. Joe King, The Fray’s guitarist, wrote me a letter back in the old days:

Gary, One of the [Epic] scouts in NY came across ‘Vienna’ on your site. He then played in a meeting in NY with the president. They loved it, and sent Mike [Flynn] out to the show. They didn’t have a press kit or CD it was just off that one song. – Joe King, August 18, 2004

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