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January 14, 2009

Mae After three full-length albums between both independent and major record labels and over 500,000 in worldwide sales, MAE have a new purpose and a new partner - their fans. With the help of the band's international community, MAE --lead vocalist DAVE ELKINS, guitarist ZACH GEHRING, AND, drummer JACOB MARSHALL, have embarked on a year-long journey to help those less fortunate and raise awareness about important humanitarian issues. Absent a label and management, the band is seizing the opportunity to redefine their success, change the lives of those in need, and spread their message through music and the MAE community.

As a part of a year-long campaign, MAE will release a new song exclusively on their website every month during 2009. When fans visit the band's website--WHATISMAE.COM, they will be able to hear the music for free. Every song will be available as a digital download for a minimum donation of $1. For the duration of 2009, MAE will commit all of the profits from digital downloads to fund humanitarian projects that the band and their fans will be a part of all year long. MAE's first project is in conjunction with Habitat For Humanity International. The band's goal is to raise $65,000 in donations to fully fund the construction of a home for Rhonda Floyd and her three children in Newport News, VA. Throughout the course of the project, MAE will document their progress as a home for Rhonda and her family is built.

On January 1st, MAE released the first of the year's twelve songs, THE HOUSE THAT FIRE BUILT, exclusively on their website. THE HOUSE THAT FIRE BUILT is a bombastic call to arms; a mission statement about how the band intends to work with their fans to build a greater community and a better world. Produced by Dave Elkins and engineered and mixed by MAE's former bassist MARK PADGETT at Earthsound Studios in Chesapeake, VA, the song finds the band returning to their roots; the same studio where they recorded their 2003 breakthrough debut album, DESTINATION: BEAUTIFUL.

The band will be joining Habitat For Humanity and Rhonda Floyd and her family at the groundbreaking ceremony for the family's new Habitat home on Monday, January 26th at 10:30 am and will perform an acoustic song to signify their commitment and partnership in the "MAE house."

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