Ace Enders
Ace Enders

BOULDER, Colo. –

Ace Enders and his band just scored one of the hottest opening slots of the year — touring with the All-American Rejects.

The emo-rock artist has sold more than a half-million CDs, but this tour will definitely help promote Enders’ brand-new record, When I Hit the Ground.

Modern music fans may recognize Enders from his first band The Early November. The musician had a long stint with the group, but went on to develop his new band, Ace Enders & A Million Different People.

“I started doing my music in Hammonton, N.J. — it’s the blueberry capital of the world,” said Enders, who plays at Denver’s Marquis Theater on Wednesday. “My dad had played in bar bands, but I taught myself guitar and started writing rock songs.

“I had a really good run with The Early November. We toured full-time for eight years and got to travel all over the world. That’s something I’ll never forget.”

Enders’ band toured with New Found Glory and the Warped Tour, so he knows his way around the rock business.

However, he wanted to do things a little bit differently with his new group.

“I sat back and thought about what I wanted to do this time,” Enders said. “I’ve learned a lot about the music industry and I have a better grasp on it this time around.

“I wanted to put together an alternative-rock band, but I wanted to do something with integrity. I wanted to use the music to help people. The lyrics talk about everyday life and they’re easy for people to relate to.”

Enders also made a couple of smart moves to promote his music.

First, the performer gave away free music on the Internet to say thanks to his fans.

Enders also helped out VH1’s Save the Music Foundation by recording a cover of the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.” As a special bonus, members of blink-182 and Chiodos participated on the recording.

“I really want people to know that I’m touring behind When I Hit the Ground for the right reasons,” Enders said. “The CD’s message is that you can do whatever you want to do. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box.”

Enders is playing Denver with Craig Owens from Chiodos. Sunday, the performer and his band join the All-American Rejects’ spring tour.

“We were lucky enough to be in the running for the All-American Rejects’ tour,” Enders said. “I can’t believe our luck.

“They’re a really cool band and it will be awesome touring with them. I’m hoping we can win over their fanbase — and that they’ll be able to relate to our music.”

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