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The Fray’s Isaac Slade first told me last October of the song, “Run For Your Life.” He fought his band-mates for it to be the first single from Scars and Stories.

“There’s another song called, ‘Run for Your Life’ that I think is probably my favorite song on the record,” said Slade during the phone interview. “It’s real ballad-y, beautiful, and heart wrenching and kind of like, whatever you think of The Fray to be, kind of our cliché.”

Then when the lead singer and I met in person last December, I revisited the subject.

“It could be one of two songs,” Slade revealed of the possible second single during out sit-down. “But one of them is (‘Run For Your Life’), yeah.”

Despite completing the album last year, Slade said The Fray wanted to release Scars and Stories around Valentine’s Day. The LP hit stores February 7.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I recapped my interview with Jeremih, explained why The Fray’s Isaac Slade had to move a holiday party due to NBC’s “Today,”, and talked about David Archuleta’s announcement that he is taking a two-year break from music to go on a Mormon mission.

The life of a rock star is not all fun and games, especially around the holiday season. Just ask The Fray lead singer Isaac Slade.

“We’re doing a big Christmas party that we had to switch the date on because of the ‘Today’ show,” the front man revealed recently on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “I called the family and everybody moved the date, sent out a new e-mail, and they were really sweet about it.”

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The Fray will be making the national media rounds over the next two months, leading up to the release of the band’s third studio album, Scars and Stories, due out February 7, 2012. Despite the success of the LP’s first single, “Heartbeat,” Slade insisted that the release date will not be pushed up.

“The (music) industry is a funny thing. You want to give the single enough chance, and give it some air, and then we’ll go to a second single when the album comes out,” Slade said of the thought process behind the later release. “It’s a really sexy record for us, and Valentine’s Day seems like the good time to put out a sexy record.”

Slade is already lobbying the band to tab “Run For Your Life” as the second single – a song that he thought could have been the lead track. In an interview last month on the show, the front man characterized the song as more of a “cliché Fray” production.

“That’s just a song that came together towards the end of the record,” he explained. “We kind of had the whole thing recorded and it felt like one was missing.”

A studio session deep in the backwoods of Tennessee yielded the track. Slade had also revealed in that earlier interview that the new album is completely finished and ready to go.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked about his interviews with The Fray’s Isaac Slade and Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Stump, who just released his solo album, ‘Soul Punk.’ I also talked about my interview last year with former “Hannah Montana” star Mitchel Musso. The actor was picked up last weekend in Burbank, CA on suspicion of DUI.

I appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

The Fray has released three live albums, and lead singer Isaac Slade admits there is a sense of vulnerability that needs to be overlooked in order to allow the masses to hear your work live and raw. Yet, it was that same feeling of vulnerability that Slade thinks prohibited the band from meeting its expectations on The Fray’s second, self-titled album.

“We wanted to swing for the ball as hard as we could on (The Fray) and I feel like we were a little afraid to,” admitted Slade on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “Maybe the pressure to do a ‘How to Save a Life’ number two or to not really own up to who we actually are… it is a little bit of, I think, an embarrassment that we’re like so mainstream, commercial, yunno, on TV shows and stuff, and all of our friends are like, Indie Rock bands.”

The “sophomore slump” feelings only motivated the Denver-based band to work harder on its third studio album, Scars & Stories. The Fray teamed up with producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) and Slade said it was a learning experience.

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“He kicked our ass a little bit,” the front man said of O’Brien. “I’d get in to these artistic, self-doubt tail spins and he’d just kind of slap me across the face and be like, ‘Just get in there and do it the best you can because that’s all you can do!’”

In addition to the figurative sparring between the producer and the band, there was some argument amongst The Fray themselves, particularly on the choice for the first single from Scars.

“There’s another song called, ‘Run for Your Life’ that I think is probably my favorite song on the record,” said Slade. “It’s real ballad-y, beautiful, and heart wrenching and kind of like, whatever you think of The Fray to be, kind of our cliché.”

Slade is confident that the song will elicit tears from listeners and that it will be “exciting to release to the public,” but ultimately the band decided to go in a more upbeat direction with “Heartbeat” – a track inspired by the real life events of the genocide and exile in Rwanda.

Scars & Stories is scheduled for a February 7, 2012 release.