|Origin||Whitby, Ontario, Canada|
Hello Beautiful is a Canadian band from Whitby. They are known primarily for their hybrid sound of pop-rock and hip hop. They were formed by vocalist/guitarist Cole Kidd and drummer Kevin Walsh, who were later joined by vocalist Charlie Royal. They are currently in the studio recording new tracks, which have been compared to a mixture of Fun. with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Hello Beautiful really knows how to ignite an audience, as noted by Toronto's Exclaim Magazine; "Their set caused a dance floor eruption and a constant interchange between the crowd and band made for an endearing set. HB got enough love from the crowd to play an encore and left the stage while the crowed [sic] raged." (Recently Reviewed, Exclaim Magazine, Nov/08). During the aftermath of a show at Toronto's legendary live venue, The Horseshoe Tavern, the establishment’s co-owner, Jeff Cohen said "The last time I saw someone play like that on this stage, it was Billy Talent, and that was like four years ago!".
While some bands have blended genres before, none have created this particular blend of Punk, Hip Hop and Pop Rock, in essence creating their style of popular music. This unique dynamic is easily noticed on their full-length debut, Soundtrack For Scenario, which has received high praise: "Sheer noise can result from fusing Hip Hop, Rock and Punk instead of a euphonic harmony" however, "Hello Beautiful have managed to successfully mix the three types of music into one" (ChartAttack.com Aug/08). After having two singles, Virginia Symphony and Saint Andrew's Bridge, in MuchMusic’s Top 5, performances on MTV and Breakfast Television, and ample national touring experience (supporting such acts as; Hedley, Snoop Dogg, illScarlett, Akon, Alexisonfire, Down With Webster, etc. along the way), the quintet with the relentless work ethic headed into the legendary Vespa Studio to record their second album. Produced by International music industry veterans; Harry Hess and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Muse), Hello Beautiful created a hard-hitting 10-track album - still based on their impressive fusion, but full of new twists.
Soundtrack for Scenario
In late April 2007, Hello Beautiful recorded their full-length debut, Soundtrack for Scenario, with the help of Canadian music industry veteran, Murray Daigle. The album was subsequently released a year later through a distribution deal with the independent label Bent Penny Records via the distribution company, Fontana North. Two singles were released from Soundtrack for Scenario, Virginia Symphony, and Saint Andrew's Bridge. Due to large fan support via request lines and internet media, the first single, Virginia Symphony, was in heavy rotation on MuchMusic for the summer/early fall of 2008, and peaked at No. 2 on Much On Demand’s Daily Top 10. Their second video, Saint Andrew's Bridge, peaked at No. 5. Hello Beautiful was the only unsigned artist to chart that year, while all other charting artists were affiliated with a major and/or major independent label.
I Wanna Die Like This!
In Winter 2009/10, Hello Beautiful recorded a new album titled I Wanna Die Like This!. Tracks include Black & White, Tick Tock, Heart Beats and Some Days - which received radio airplay and is garnered significant attention. This album is more rock based, but also has some powerful piano driven songs - which differs from the last album's base of blues and funk.
- Cole Kidd (rhythm guitar / lead vocals)
- Charlie Royal (lead vocals)
- Kevin Walsh (drums / backing vocals)
- Steven Parker (bass guitar / piano / backing vocals)
- Adam Till (lead guitar / backing vocals)