Ballas Hough Band

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Ballas Hough Band
Also known as Almost Amy
Origin London, England
Genres Pop rock
Years active 2005–10
Labels Hollywood Records (2008–10)
Morey Management (2010–present)
Associated acts Julianne Hough
Website Official site
Members Mark Ballas
Derek Hough
Emily Grace
Sam Marder
Harry Sullivan

The Ballas Hough Band was an American pop rock band fronted by Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, both of whom play lead guitar and sing lead vocals. The band's other members are Sam Marder (bass guitar), Harry Sullivan (drums) and Emily Grace (keyboards, background vocals). Both Ballas and Hough are Dancing with the Stars champions.

They released their debut album, BHB, on March 10, 2009, via Hollywood Records. The album debuted and peaked at No. 98 on the U.S. Billboard 200. On November 3, 2009, the group performed for the first time on Dancing with the Stars. They performed their single, "Move", the lead-off single to their upcoming untitled second studio album.


Before the band's foundation, Derek Hough and sister Julianne performed as professional dancers. They and Mark Ballas competed on the ABC television series Dancing with the Stars.[1] Before joining the roster of professional dancers of Dancing With The Stars, Derek Hough and Mark Ballas were living in Great Britain, as was Derek's sister Julianne. The three had previously been members of the musical team 2B1G, whose name stood for "Two Boys, One Girl." After Julianne left this team, Mark and Derek formed another band, which they called Almost Amy, and which also included Sam Marder, Harry Sullivan and Emily Grace.[1] This band was renamed Ballas Hough Band a short while after its members relocated to Los Angeles, California. Although they did not disclose it to their fans, Ballas Hough Band broke up. Mark Ballas has been focusing on his solo career, Emily Grace has been touring with Demi Lovato, Sam Marder has joined Dublin based band Keywest. Harry Sullivan had been drumming for Westar but in 2012 he joined Marder in Dublin to play for Keywest. They both play in this band today and are gathering fame and recognition throughout Ireland and Europe.

Debut album: BHB (2008-2009)[edit]

Ballas Hough Band was signed to Hollywood Records in 2008 and released its debut album, BHB, on March 10, 2009. The album spent one week on the U.S. Billboard 200, peaking at No. 98 on that chart. But its two singles, "Do It for You" and "Do You Love Me," both failed to chart. On June 21, 2009, the band announced on their MySpace page that they are now currently signed with Morey Management.

Departure from Hollywood: (2009)[edit]

The band appeared on the November 3, 2009 episode of Dancing With The Stars results show, on which they performed their new single, "Move." The song was intended to be the lead-off single to a second studio album. However, after the single failed to chart, they parted ways with Hollywood Records in March 2010, and the planned new album was never released. No news of any plans for another new album were available as of late June 2012.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
BHB 98


Year Single Album
2009 "Do It for You" BHB
"Do You Love Me"
"Move" Non-album song


  1. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Ballas Hough Band biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Ballas Hough Band Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 

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