Ryan Follesé announced on June 15th that he’s going country!
— BigMachine (@BigMachine) June 15, 2016
The Hot Chelle Rae front man took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to announce that he had signed with Big Machine Records. His first single “Float Your Boat” was released Friday, June 17 and could easily become a summer anthem with its playful lyrics and strong beat. It has the lyrical strength of his former band’s, but it’s paired with a more country sound.
17 on the country chart… 70 on the main chart.. 😝 Happy Friday!
— Ryan Keith Follese’ (@RyanFollese) June 17, 2016
Some fans may recognize Follesé from his years as the front man for the Nashville based Pop band Hot Chelle Rae. The band shot to fame when their song “Tonight Tonight” became a summertime hit in 2011. The band put their music on hold when Ian Keaggy left the group in the fall of 2013.
Hot Chelle Rae also toured with Taylor Swift during the Australian and New Zealand leg of her Speak Now Tour. Follesé and his former band mate Nash Overstreet teamed up with Swift on her parody “A Thug Story” for the 2009 CMT awards.
Follesé has a couple other ties to Nashville and country music. His parents are respected songwriters and his father Keith Follesé has penned hits such as Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” and his mother Adrienne Follesé wrote Lady Antebellum “Long Gone” among other songs. It’s no surprise that Follesé is following in their country music footsteps.
No word yet on when Follesé’s country album will drop, but he did let fans know that he’s been working on it for almost a year.
Hot Chelle Rae took to Facebook Live to announce that the band is still together but that they are all working on different projects right now. No word on when they will put out music together as a band.
LISTEN TO “FLOAT YOUR BOAT”