In 2007, Mae released their first and only major label album entitled SINGULARITY. Shortly thereafter, the band announced the departure of longtime keyboardist, ROB SWEITZER and bassist, MARK PADGETT. After three full length albums, both critical and fan acclaim, worldwide touring, and over a half million album sales, the music world breathed a collective gasp — as for the first time ever the future of the band lay in question.
Embattled, the remaining three members, lead vocalist DAVE ELKINS, guitarist ZACH GEHRING, AND, drummer JACOB MARSHALL soldiered on as determined as ever with a newfound purpose, new hope, and a new set of goals. The start of 2009 marked the beginning of the band’s “12 SONGS. 12 MONTHS. 1 GOAL. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.” campaign and over the course of the year, the band embarked on a year-long journey to help those less fortunate and raise awareness about important humanitarian issues. Giving away all profits from digital downloads on the band’s website–WHATISMAE.COM, the band raised over $65,000 in donations to fully fund the construction of a home for a family in need in Newport News, VA in conjunction with Habitat For Humanity and partnered with DonorsChoose.org to fund educational projects in all 50 states.