Zac Hanson and his brothers Isaac and Taylor Hanson performed their new hit single “I Was Born” on Good Morning America Monday, May 29. Fans from the “MMMBop” days were excited to see Isaac, Taylor, and Zac and hear the new song.
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson had one of the most adorable musical acts ever, back in 1996. Isaac was 16, Taylor was 14, and Zac was only 11 when the brothers recorded “MMMBop” according to NPR. That was hardly the beginning though. Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson had been performing professionally since the 1992 Mayfest Arts Festival in Tulsa.
Zac Hanson, the youngest, recalls what it was like in the early days. Zac told E News how it felt to be 11-years-old and have girls screaming over him. Isaac, Taylor, and Zac had an incredible hit in “MMMBop.” Their first album sold 10 million copies.
“The first girls we heard screaming were not at Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey when we did our first public performance after ‘MMMBop’ came out. Like, we had heard girls screaming like twice a week for several years—you know, the experience is the same, but then it’s multiplied by tenfold, one thousandfold, and so you have like a grasp on how to deal with it.”
Zac Hanson confided that the screaming reaction was still a little shocking, even though he, Isaac, and Taylor had a little bit of experience with screaming girls. At only 11 it must have been hard to understand getting that sort of reaction from a large and almost entirely female audience over “MMMBop.”
“It’s still shocking, right, because it’s just like, ‘Oh my God. Are they gonna eat me? Are they gonna kill me? Do they love me? Like, what is this?’ And so I think those things were helpful like it was a little bit of preparation that made it possible.”
Hanson is now 21 years older, and between the three of them, Isaac, Taylor, and Zack Hanson have 11 children who are featured on their new I was born music video. Zac is now the father of four. It is hard to imagine that much time has passed. Taylor has five children, and Isaac has two sons. Zac, Taylor, and Isaac, are totally amazing and so is Hanson’s new music.
The Hanson boys were raised sensibly, and today they live sensibly according to Zac Hanson. Despite the fact Zac is the youngest Hanson, he seems to have always been the spokesman. Zac told E News that he, Isaac, and Taylor had invested in a music studio to perpetuate their careers, rather than blow their money on extravagant lifestyles.
“We were lucky that I guess our parents were frugal enough that they instilled in us this idea of like invest in the things you wanna do…so we didn’t end up buying Ferraris or big mansions. We live in like nice houses, but not like crazy houses [with] crazy things. The things we ended up buying that were crazy were like microphones, and buying desks and building studios.”
Zac Hanson, Taylor, and Isaac are still together and still making music more than two decades after “MMMBop.” They have released four independent albums on their own label, after making three for the record company. Zac says he, Isaac, and Taylor “took control of the business.”
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Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson have continued to invest their money. Now they even own their own brewery, Hanson Brothers Beer Co. which produces MMMHops Pale Ale. Did anyone else think of KISS coffee? Branding is everything these days. Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson are diversifying their business, but it all started with “MMMBop.”
Zac, Taylor, and Isaac Hanson twenty-one years after “MMMBop” are still incredibly handsome young men, with a bright future in music.
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