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HANSON: A Musical Triple Threat!

Get The Low-Down On The Boys Behind "MMMBop!"


If you've been zoning into the radio lately, you've definitely heard the cool and catchy "MMMbop". And if you find yourself humming and singing along, you've probably got it bad for the boys with those sweetly "bopping" voices. That's Isaac, Taylor, and Zachary- also known as the brothers HANSON. 16 figured you'd want to be the first in line to get all the need-to-knows.

HANSON FACTS!

*HOW THEY GOT IT TOGETHER!
About five years ago, the three brothers sang acapella (that's without any music backin' 'em) at a local festival, (they're from Tulsa, OK). Three years later they started playing instruments as well as singing.

*WHO INFLUENCED THEM!
It was definitely their 'rents, who sang in a gospel band.

*HOW IT ALL GOT STARTED!
The Hanson brothers, all of whom write songs as well as sing 'em, began performing live at various events all over the country. They were discovered at the South By Southwest Music Conference by their manager, who got them their record deal.

*BEFORE THAT...
The guys made plenty of "homemade" recordings- all the guys agree those first songs sound really "interesting."

*THE SKY'S THE LIMIT!
Don't think the guys are satisfied with just singing (although they sure do it well!) Isaac, Taylor and Zach are interested in all avenues of the entertainment biz- that means they'd love to give acting a try, as well as produce music for other artists.

*THERE'S MORE AT HOME!
There are three more Hanson sibs- Jessica, Avery and Mackenzie. Mmm, maybe they'll be a Hanson II comin' your way one day!

ON GUITAR IT'S ISAAC!
*Isaac is the eldest Hanson bro- He's 16, and he celebrates his birthday on November 17th.
*He's a sophomore in high school. (All the brothers are home schooled.)
*He's definitely single, but he's kind of putting the girlfriend thing on hold these days. "We can date, but I don't think a girl would want to deal with our schedule," he says.
*Isaac's very athletic- he's into rollerblading, speed hockey, and basketball.
*"I started writing songs in the third grade, and very soon after, I started playing," he says.

ON KEYBOARDS IT'S TAYLOR!
*Middle brother Taylor (nicknamed "Tay") was born on March 14, 1983.
*He's in eighth grade.
*Taylor loves listening to Counting Crows, Spin Doctors and Billy Joel. He also admits, "Being from Oklahoma, we listen to a little country too."
*Soulful Taylor loves drawing, and he's girlfriend-less at the moment.
*"Sometimes the fans are really shy. Once, there was a girl who reached out her hand, then got too shy, so we went into the crowd brought her up on the stage," he says.

ON DRUMS IT'S ZACHARY!
*Zach was born on October 22, 1985- he's 11.
*He's in fifth grade.
*Zach's fave color is blue.
*He's definitely the wild man of the bunch!
*One of his fave things to do is hang in the treehouse they built in the backyard!
*"I bang on things," says drummer Zach.