Catch of the Day – Ryan Follese – “Put A Label On It” [AUDIO]
Today we focus on a second-generation singer and songwriter, who first gained attention as one half of the duo Hot Chelle Rae. This performer is the son of the founder of Midas Records Nashville, who in his own right was named songwriter of the year in 2001 by the American Society of Composers.
Keith Follese had a very successful career as a songwriter, writing #1 hits for Randy Travis, Little Texas, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and many others. In 2005, along with Brad Allen, he founded Midas Records Nashville. His other great contribution to music, along with his wife Adrienne, were his sons Ryan and Jamie, who founded and respectively sang and played drums for the pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae, formed in Nashville in 2005. The group had a double-platinum hit single in 2011, "Tonight, Tonight".
Ryan Follese founded his first band, Miracle Drug, in 2005 with guitarist Nash Overstreet (the son of songwriter Paul Overstreet), later adding bass player Ian Keaggy (son of guitarist Phil Keaggy) and Follese's younger brother Jamie on drums. With the two additions, the group also changed its name to Hot Chelle Rae, signing with Jive Records in 2008.
The quartet released its debut album Lovesick Electric in 2009, which spawned two singles that failed to crack the top-30 on Billboard Magazine's Hot100 chart. The band's breakthrough came with their second album, 2011's Whatever, which two platinum, top-10 singles, "Tonight, Tonight" (which hit number one) and "I Like It Like That". The group returned to the studio to record their follow-up album Reckless, which has been held back for over 2-years without explanation. It has produced two singles that are reported to be on the album, but the project seems to have been place on hold with the departure of Keaggy and Overstreet from the group.
In the interim, Ryan Follese has ventured out from the group on his own, following in his father's country footsteps, signing with Big Machine Records in June, releasing a selt-titled country EP. The first single from the project, "Float Your Boat", climbed to #17 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and received significant airplay on satellite radio. The second single from the project is in our spotlight today. Ryan Follese and "Put A Label On It" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll wanna hear it again.