is a pop rock band that formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1990s
by brothers Clarke Isaac Hanson (born November 17,
1980), Jordan Taylor Hanson (born March 14, 1983) and
Zachary Walker Hanson (born October 22, 1985). They are
best known for their hit song "MMMBop".
were the first three children of parents Clarke Walker
("Walker") (June 1, 1954) and Diana Frances Hanson (nee.
Lawyer) (April 30, 1954). The Hanson family also includes
sisters and brother, Jessica Grace ("Jessie") (July 31, 1988),
Avery Laurel (November 4, 1990), Joshua Mackenzie ("Mac")
(January 7, 1994), and ZoŽ Genevieve (January 14, 1998).
which was originally called "The Hanson Brothers," started out
as three kids who sang a capella and recorded tapes with
oldies like "Rockin' Robin," "Splish Splash," and "Johnny B.
Goode," as well pieces of their very own material. Their first
performance as a professional group took place in 1992 at the
Mayfest arts festival in Tulsa.
fans of Hanson are also aware of their early video appearance
on Carman's "Yo Kidz The Vidz," which includes
cast as a young biblical David facing Goliath, Isaac cast as
an event announcer, and other members of the family, including
Zac, in the stands cheering on this "sporting event."
Isaac picked up a secondhand guitar, Zac borrowed an old set
of drums, and Taylor became the keyboard player of what turned
into a garage band. The band recorded two independent albums
in their hometown of
'Boomerang' (1994) and 'MMMBop' (1996). The latter featured
the original version of what would later become the runaway
single on their debut commercial record Middle of Nowhere.
The boys then found themselves at the South By Southwest music
festival for unsigned music bands. There, they were promptly
signed by manager Christopher Sabec. He shopped them to
several record companies, most of which dismissed the band as
either a novelty or fraud before Steve Greenberg, an A&R
representative for Mercury Records, heard them play a set at
the Kansas State Fair. This break resulted in the band being
signed almost immediately by Mercury. They soon became
worldwide sensations with the release of their first
major-label album, Middle of Nowhere.
was released in 1997. The album's first single, "MMMBop",
debuted at #16 in the United States, reaching #1 in both the
U.S. and the UK, reaching #2 in Canada, and staying over two
months in the top spot in
The group was heavily featured in teen magazines such as
Tiger Beat and found a wide following among teen and
pre-teen girls. The album's second single, "Where's the Love,"
followed "MMMBop" to the top of the charts. Their first
album's worldwide success was registered in
and The Middle of Nowhere,
an 82-minute videotape with home videos, interviews, video
clips, and live performances.
the summer of 1998, Hanson began a highly successful concert
tour, The Albertane Tour. They performed a string of shows
throughout stadiums and arenas in the U.S., targeting young
audiences with its playful and energetic theme. A live album,
titled Live From Albertane, was released the following fall.
then, follow up albums have failed to match the success of
Middle of Nowhere and Hanson has struggled against the
label of 'one hit wonder.' Hanson released their second album,
This Time Around, in May 2000 but due to lack of sales
the label pulled funding on their tour. They toured through
the summer and fall of 2000 on their own funds.
brothers left their record label, Island Records, due to
conflict with the producers who felt their material was
lacking quality and had refused over 80 songs from the band.
The band now works under their own independent label, 3CG
Records ("3 Car Garage Records"), named for the three-car
garage in which their studio lies today. The label has
distribution deals through ADA (Alternative Distribution
Alliance) in the
Sony BMG in Asia, and various other distributors throughout
toured during the summer and fall of 2003 in support of
Underneath Acoustic, which was composed of acoustic
versions of songs from their then-forthcoming release,
Underneath. The tour culminated on November 5, 2003 with a
performance at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
was released on April 20, 2004, and the following week debuted
at #1 on Billboardís Independent Album Chart and #25 on
the Billboard 200 album chart, making Underneath one of
the most successful independent albums of all time (only a few
artists, such as Prince and Ani DiFranco, have released a top
25 independent album).
single from Underneath was "Penny & Me;" its music
video featured The O.C.ís Samaire Armstrong and was
directed by Chris Applebaum ("Stacey's Mom" by Fountains of
Wayne). "Penny & Me" reached #2 on Billboardís Top 200
Singles Chart. The video for the album's second single, "Lost
Without Each Other," was directed by P.R. Brown and filmed in
Boston, and includes live footage from the concert played in
the city that coincided with the filming.
2005, Hanson toured the
and played at certain Canadian venues to support their
recently released live album,
The Best of Hanson: Live & Electric. They also
visited various colleges in order to showcase Strong Enough
to Break, their documentary chronicling their struggles
with Island Def Jam during the making of Underneath, as
well as their subsequent departure from the label. During the
college visits, the band also held question-and-answer
sessions about the problems that independent artists face in
music industry today.
November 2005, Hanson's old record label released "Mmmbop:
The Collection", a compilation of famous tracks from
the first two albums and the consequent B-sides of singles.
However the CD never charted as the band's strong fan base
refused to buy the CD as, not only was there nothing
previously-unreleased on it, but it was also an obvious
attempt by the record company to cash in on Hanson's early
success. All the tracks on the compilation had already been
made available in the form of the albums and singles, the
artwork was outdated and it suffered from poor distribution.
the spring of 2005, Hanson toured many countries in
South America and
Europe, and performed their first ever electric shows in
during their highly successful Live and Electric tour. Hanson
plans to release Strong Enough to Break on DVD in late
2006 and are currently working on their fourth studio album
set for release early 2007. This album, recently revealed to
be titled "The Walk", has been said by the band to be very
different from "Underneath". Zac recently posted on their
official website, saying that the band recorded a school choir
South Africa. This indicates that the new record will indeed
be different, but in a very interesting way.
8, 2002, middle brother Taylor Hanson married long-time
girlfriend, Natalie Anne Bryant (born
December 28, 1983).
The ceremony was held at the Ida Cason Memorial Chapel of
Callaway Gardens, located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The
couple have had two children, Jordan Ezra Hanson (born October
31, 2002) and Penelope Anne Hanson (born April 19, 2005). The
couple expects their third child very soon.
brother Zac married his girlfriend of 5 years, Kate Tucker, on
June 3, 2006 at a private ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia.
brother Isaac has confirmed his engagement to girlfriend Nikki
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