Hot Chelle Rae
|Hot Chelle Rae|
Hot Chelle Rae performing in 2010
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Years active||2005–2015 (hiatus)|
|Associated acts||Keith Follesé, Paul Overstreet, Phil Keaggy, New Boyz, Chord Overstreet, Demi Lovato, Titanium, 5 Seconds of Summer|
Hot Chelle Rae (/ / HOT SHEL RAY) is an American dance-rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. The band consists of Ryan Follesé (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nash Overstreet (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jamie Follesé (drums). Their debut album, Lovesick Electric, was released on October 27, 2009. They gained widespread attention for their 2011 double platinum single, "Tonight Tonight".
2005–2011: Early years/Miracle Drug
In 2005, childhood friends Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet formed a band. Dubbing themselves Miracle Drug, they began releasing songs and playing shows with Ryan's brother Jamie on drums. Jamie soon became the band's drummer along with bassist Ian Keaggy joining later. After encountering a stalker fan on MySpace named Chelle Rae, the band changed their name to Hot Chelle Rae. In 2008, they signed to Jive Records. The following year, the band released their debut single "I Like To Dance". In October 2009, the band's first album "Lovesick Electric" was released, with the band going on a world tour to support it during 2010 and 2011.
2011–12: Whatever and touring
In 2011, the band released their single "Tonight Tonight" which hit the Billboard Top 10. Their second single "I Like It Like That" was released in November, 2011 and had vocal duties from rapper duo New Boyz. They released their second studio album, Whatever on November 29, 2011. It reached number 48 on the US Billboard 200, 25 in Australia and 21 in New Zealand. "Honestly" was released as the third and final single from the album in March 2012. In March 2012, the band supported Taylor Swift on the Australian and New Zealand legs of her "Speak Now World Tour". In the summer of 2012, the band toured with Demi Lovato. The band toured Australia and New Zealand through October to November with their "Whatever World Tour". British singer Cher Lloyd supported the band on this leg of the tour, along with Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer and New Zealand boyband Titanium. In November 2012, they released their cover of "Jingle Bell Rock" with some material added to it.
Hot Chelle Rae premiered a new single, "Hung Up" on January 25, 2013. It was officially released on February 12, 2013. The band also announced that their third studio album would be released in early 2014 as well as a new single. On October 31, 2013, Ian Keaggy announced that he would no longer be a part of Hot Chelle Rae. That same day, Hot Chelle Rae released the unofficial version of "Recklessly" for the fans. On February 7, 2014, the band released their new single, "Don't Say Goodnight". Hot Chelle Rae have continued to tour the US throughout the year. After Keaggy left the band, the remaining trio enlisted McCoy Gibbs as touring bassist.
On October 1, 2014, Hot Chelle Rae released "Recklessly". The album contained "Hung Up", "Don't Say Goodnight", "Recklessly", and 2 other singles.
2015-present: Hiatus and Solo Careers
In 2015, Hot Chelle Rae took an unexpected, unannounced hiatus. This gave all members of the band a chance at a solo career. In 2016, Ryan Follese became the first member to embark on a solo career. He signed to Big Machine in June of that year and began work on a debut studio recording. His self-titled EP was released in September, 2016 and found Follese going back to his country roots. In January, 2017, HCR lead guitarist Nash Overstreet released his debut EP "U Don't Get 2 Do That" with the title track having an accompanying music video to it. Jamie hasn't pursued any solo career, instead staying at home waiting for Hot Chelle Rae's reunion.
- Ryan Follesé – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, keyboard (2005–present) acoustic guitar (2010)
- Nash Overstreet – lead guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, acoustic guitar (2005-present)
- Jamie Follesé – drums, percussion (2005–present)
- Ian Keaggy – bass guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (2005–2013)
- McCoy Gibbs - bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion (2013-present)
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