Hot Chelle Rae performed at the Amp Your Campus concert on April 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Hosts T.J. Taormina and Loren Raye with Hot Chelle Rae at the Music Choice & Xfinity TV “Amp Your Campus” Social Media Challenge Event at Boston House of Blues on April 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hot Chelle Rae played at IPFW’s Rhinehart Music Center Saturday night, drawing an audience from across the midwest.
Several fans arrived for the show as early as 10 a.m., though the doors didn’t open until 6:30 p.m. Being this devoted had its perks, however, when those fans that had waited all day to be the first into Auer Performance Hall were given backstage passes to meet the band before the show.
Tori Smith, 14, traveling with her mom, Brandi, was one of those lucky girls who got to meet the band before the show, although it was not the first time she has done so. A native of Knoxsville, Tenn., Smith has traveled to four concerts, including the IPFW show, in the past several months, and plans to see Hot Chelle Rae play in Pennsylvania this coming Saturday.
Smith later found herself onstage, after members of the band encouraged the audience to climb up and join them. According to guitarist Nash Overstreet, the band likes to get the audience up into the show whenever possible.
“It depends on the venue and security, but when we’re allowed to, we do it whenever we can,” he said, pointing out that the worst a venue can do is tell the band to leave the stage, which holds little weight when they bring the audience onstage during the last song of their set.
Chicago fan Kirstin Krieger, 19, who got the chance to meet up with Hot Chelle Rae and take part in a film they were doing in Chicago earlier in the week, said she loves the atmosphere of their shows.
“All of their shows are really personal,” Krieger said, counting the number of their concert’s in which she had personally been on stage—IPFW making her fourth.
The band met with IPFW student government officials, some of their early-arriving fans and volunteer stage help from the university before their performance. They also stuck around for an impromptu meet and greet with fans after the show, where band members gave hugs, autographs and the occasional participation in piggy-back rides, proving to their fans that traveling to IPFW’s small performance was worth the mileage.
Hot Chelle Rae will be playing with Carly Rae Jepsen and Jason Derulo in New Jersey at the end of May, and are not slated to play the midwest area again until the Ohio State Fair on July 31.
By Dave Richards, Erie Times-News
It’s no longer odd to see sons or daughters of famous rockers carve out music careers: Jacob Dylan, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright, Hank Williams Jr., Roseanne Cash, Norah Jones.
It is unusual, though, to see them all in one band like Hot Chelle Rae, the Nashville-based pop group that broke through in 2011 with “Tonight Tonight” and “I Like It Like That.”
Guitarist Nash Overstreet is the son of country singer-songwriter Paul Overstreet. Ryan and Jamie Follesé are the sons of Keith Follesé, who’s written hits for Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Lonestar, Faith Hill and more.
Then there’s bassist Ian Keaggy, whose father Phil is a recording star in the Christian music world and started out decades ago in Glass Harp — a Youngstown, Ohio, band that developed an avid regional following.
“It’s been great having parents in the music business,” Ian Keaggy said. “Not only do they support us in our decision to pursue music as a career, but while growing up, they inspired us. They uplifted us and gave us encouragement.
“Really, it’s getting into this industry that is the difficult thing,” he added. “Being a songwriter is difficult; there’s so much competition. We get to go to our parents — ‘I have this idea’ — and play it and they’ll critique it and give us advice. It’s wonderful having that. To this day, they’re right on board with us.”
Keaggy remembers the best advice his dad ever gave him.
“He said, ‘Never compare yourself.’ That’s simple, but it’s so effective. In this world, what we do is art and it’s creative. You just have to just really love what you do personally in order for others to love it, too. You don’t want ever to be like, ‘I have this song, but is it as good as this song that some other guy did?’”
They knew “Tonight Tonight” was special after recording it for “Whatever.” The song cracked the Top 10 on Billboard and helped them land opening dates with The Script, We the Kings and, later on, Taylor Swift, who sang it with them at one of her shows.
“When we started writing for ‘Whatever,’ we were naturally moving into a more pop direction,” Keaggy said. “Once we wrote ‘Tonight Tonight’ and finished it, we were like, ‘Wow. This song is actually really good.’ You always hope for your song or your single to do what that did. You can’t know for sure. But it blew up all over the world and was so exciting for us.”
Hot Chelle Rae’s follow-up to “Whatever” should be out during the summer; the breezy lead single, “Hung Up,” is already on the radio. Any pressure to duplicate their previous success?
“I suppose there is. We’re not super worried about it,” Keaggy said. “I think we feel very confident with the music we’re writing right now; we’re all stoked about it. The people close to us have heard it and they all really love it. So, I don’t think there’s any negative pressure. We’re excited to get new material out.”
After a short college tour that includes Saturday’s concert in Edinboro, Hot Chelle Rae will tour with Carly Rae Jepsen. It’s the Rae-Rae tour! Keaggy laughed.
“It is! That is funny,” he said. “(We) should brand it.”
Hot Chelle Rae performed at the Peabody Rooftop Party on April 18, 2013 in Memphis, TN:
The Peabody’s rooftop parties have been a staple of Memphis’ spring and summer social life since 1939. They’re hugely popular – the rooftop can hold hundreds of people, and it’s one of the best places to see the sunset over the Mississippi River.
April 18: DJ Mark Anderson’s MATV and the Kaleidophonix with special guest Hot Chelle Rae ($15 cover)
Photos by The Q / See more photos here
Want to see how all the HCR guys fell in love with the same girl? Go behind the scenes of their “Hung Up” video on VEVO below. – Team HCR
Pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005, came to Doane College (Crete, Nebraska) as part of the 2013 Stop Day celebration. The band consists of Ryan Follesé, Nash Overstreet, Ian Keaggy, and Jamie Follesé.
DSM’s Tyler Weihe sat down with the pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae before they took the stage at the 2013 Stop Day concert.
Photos by: Nate Knobel | Staff Photographer
Like “One Life to Live” with its storyline integrated, or otherwise, celebrity appearances with the likes of Snoop Lion, Australian DJ sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley (Nikki; “Jersey Shore”), rapper Riff Raff, etc., The OnLine Network has announced that RCA recording artist and American Music Awards winner Hot Chelle Rae will appear in the Thursday, May 9 episode of “All My Children” as they perform their brand new single “Hung Up.”
Per the storyline, AJ Chandler (Eric Nelsen) asks the group to make a special stop in Pine Valley in order to sing their song as a surprise for his best friend Miranda Montgomery (Denyse Tontz).
“We’re pumped to be performing on ‘All My Children’. It’s such an iconic show that bridges our parent’s generation with ours. Now that the show is online, we can reach even more people with our music. All of our fans have been loving the song, and it’s cool for these characters on the show to represent our fans,” said lead singer/guitarist Ryan Follesé.