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Love and Theft Unveil New Single on Special Day

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For Love and Theft members Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles, Nov. 14 has always been a special day, but this year, there was extra reason to celebrate.

Monday (Nov. 14) marked the official radio add date of ‘Angel Eyes,’ the duo’s debut single on RCA Records Nashville. The group signed with the label earlier this year, following the closing of their previous label home, Lyric Street Records, and the departure of bandmate Brian Bandas.

Hearing ‘Angel Eyes’ on the radio might make a nice present for Stephen and Eric’s mothers, who share not only the same Nov. 14 birthday, but also the same birth year.

“You can’t make this up,” says RCA’s Keith Gale. “When Stephen and Eric told me that Nov. 14 was the birthday for both of their moms, I thought that was cool. But when they told me their moms were also born the same year, I thought, ‘This is a really cool and authentic story.’”

Stephen is no stranger to coincidence. Back in 2008, he learned that he and Taylor Swift had unknowingly penned songs for each other. While his, ‘Try to Make It Anyway,’ has yet to see official release, Taylor included hers, ‘Hey Stephen,’ on ‘Fearless,’ her multi-platinum sophomore album.

That album’s 2008 release date? Nov. 11. Close enough.


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