Hot Chelle Rae (/ˌhɒt ˌʃɛl ˈreɪ/ HOT SHEL RAY) is an American 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 Nash's childhood friend Ian Keaggy on bass and backing vocals and drums by McCoy Gibbs. Miracle Drug released the EP "Masquerade" featuring several of their demos. Ryan's younger brother Jamie replaced Gibbs in mid-2005. The band changed their name to Hot Chelle Rae and 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.
2011–2012: 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 featured a verse from the 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 mid-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.
2013–2014: Recklessly and hiatus
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 new EP 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. On October 1, 2014, Hot Chelle Rae released "Recklessly". The album contained "Hung Up", "Don't Say Goodnight", "Recklessly", and two other singles. On December, Hot Chelle Rae took a hiatus.
As of 2017, Hot Chelle Rae has been inactive, as members focus on their solo careers.
- Ryan Keith Follesé – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard (2005–present)
- Nash Linden Miller Overstreet – lead guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar, synthesizer (2005–present)
- Jamie Christopher Follesé – drums, percussion (2005–present)
- Robert McCoy Gibbs – drums (2005)
- Ian Sebastian Keaggy – bass guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (2005–2013)