Hanson drummer Zac Hanson, 22, and his wife Kate, 24, have welcomed their first child, a son. John Ira Shepherd Hanson arrived on Tuesday, May 27th in Tulsa, OK. Shepherd, as the baby will be called, weighed in at 8 lbs, 4 oz. Proud new dad Zac shared, “I am so overjoyed. There is not an audience or concert that could ever stand up to the feeling of meeting your baby for the first time.”
No, don’t stop reading yet. I know you’re seeing three blonde-haired teens singing their overplayed smash-hit Mmmbop and thinking, “Wasn’t one of them a girl?” And then, “They’re still around?”
Hanson, (guitarist Isaac, 27; pianist Taylor; 25; and drummer Zac, 22) are still alive and well. They’re touring with their new album, The Walk, as well as promoting TOMS Shoes (for every pair sold, a pair goes to a child in need from Africa: one for one).
But what got Hanson started on their passion for Africa? Zac took some time out of his day to talk to me a bit about the work their doing and their tour, which comes to Hamilton, December 3rd.
Make room for one more member of the band Hanson. Youngest brother Zac Hanson, 22, and his wife, Kate, 23, have announced that they are expecting their first child in May. Zac revealed, “I am utterly thrilled at the thought of becoming a father. I can’t wait to meet this person.”
Kate added that, “This is the most amazing time for us. It’s the most romantic thing we’ve ever done.”
Taylor Hanson, the middle brother in the band Hanson, and his wife, Natalie, have welcomed their third child, a son, the band announced on its official Web site.
River Samuel Hanson was born on Sept. 4, in Tulsa, Okla. “River is an incredible addition to our family,” the new dad says in the Web posting. “We could not be happier!”
Areyoulistening.com is a website dedicated to supporting independent artists and is designed to form an arena for artists and fans to connect and share their musical interests while staying away from the corporate nature of major labels. Some bands supporting the site include Broken Social Scene, Adam Green and David Garza.
The site was started by Hanson (yes, the blonde-haired boys who brought us “MmmBop” in 1997). While the band’s past success has no relevance to the nature of the beast that is “indie,” consider their situation and you’ll find a band who’s in a similar predicament as the most obscure band you know. Things have change for them too.
Hanson was at OSU to hold a screening of its new documentary in the Student Union Theater. The documentary, “Strong Enough to Break”, is a self-produced documentary that captures the creative music process of the band. The band said the ultimate goal of its visit was to empower and educate their peers about independent labels and the struggles many bands go through today.
Oklahoma State University is one of many college campuses Hanson is scheduled to visit this fall. The documentary will be shown at about 25 college campuses in conjunction with its “Live and Electric” tour as well as its opening band contest. Taylor Hanson said the documentary is being shown in the United States and in theaters in Europe and Mexico.
Taylor and Natalie Hanson welcomed their second child, a girl, Penelope Hanson on April 19th. Word is they will call her Ellie.
Their son, Ezra, is 2.
Can I just say how old this makes me feel, that the Hansons are reproducing already?
Brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac, as the boy band Hanson, shot to fame in 1997 with pop classic Mmm Bop. Now at the grand old ages of 19, 22 and 24 respectively, they’re back in the charts.
They talked to Sky about how that single changed their young lives, how Mmm Bop is one of Bono’s favourite songs, and how they’re getting on as adult musicians.
Former teen pop group Hanson has grown into a mature rock outfit capable of taking care of its own career. RIZAL JOHAN meets the band.
THEY were just teenagers when Hanson exploded into the music scene in 1997 with their infectious hit, MmmBop. Three albums later, the Hanson brothers – Isaac, Taylor and Zac – are young men and most importantly, musicians who have complete control over their career.
Hanson was in Malaysia for a one night acoustic show at Hard Rock Cafe, Kuala Lumpur last week to promote its latest album release, Underneath. It has been a long time coming for the band whose last release was 2000’s This Time Around. Much has changed since then as vocalist/keyboardist, Taylor, related in an interview last week.
The trio of brothers from Tulsa, Okla., scaled the pop heights in 1997 like few other acts in that decade, with global multiplatinum honors for the single “MMMBop” and album “Middle of Nowhere” (Mercury). Now, a combination of hard work, business savvy and an experienced new independent partner is creating an audience for Hanson beyond the top 40 format.
On the evidence of an acoustic London show Nov. 5 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire club, that audience comprises new admirers and original fans from the act’s teen-driven commercial heyday.
Hanson’s first album in four years, “Underneath,” was released last spring in the United States on the group’s 3CG label, distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance. It debuted on The Billboard 200 at No. 25, its peak position.