HALL OF FAMERS: Hanson, who will be celebrating 25 years of playing music together locally, nationally and globally, has reached another milestone when the group was added to the roster at this year’s Hop Jam in Tulsa, where they were recently induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Jim Blair, executive director for the OMHOF, presented brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac with their award after a tributary video bio is shown to the audience. In the photo from left are Angelina Villegas-Cummings with OMHOF, Jim Blair, executive director of OMHOF, and Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson.
Blair says, “We’ve been wanting to get these guys inducted for some time now, and we thought how fitting it would be to happen on the band’s 25th anniversary as well as the Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival established by Hanson in 2014.”
Founded in 1992 at ages, 11, nine and six, the brothers spent the first five years building a fan base in their hometown of Tulsa. Influenced by 1950’s and 1960’s music, the band cites some of their inspiration coming from greats, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Beatles, Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry which contributed greatly in developing their signature sound which incorporated strong melodies and songcraft as well as a reverence for their musical forefathers.
In 1997, Hanson soared to popularity internationally with their smash hit single “Mmmbop” from the album Middle of Nowhere that earned the band multiple Grammy nominations. Since that time HANSON has had over 40 Top-40 singles, and have released five more albums, selling over 16 million albums to date.
In 2013, the group diversified its brand with the founding of their Hanson Brothers Beer Company and in 2014 established the Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival in Tulsa, which brings artists and brewers from all over the world to one of the country’s leading Craft Beer and Music Festivals.
This induction precedes the June 14th OMHOF induction that will kick of the 2017 G-Fest festival June 15-17 in Muskogee.