Framing Hanley is a five-piece outfit from Nashville, Tennessee, USA and released their first studio album in August 2007. They are best known for their songs “Hear Me Now” and “Lollipop“, originally by Lil Wayne.
Formation and The Moment
Lead singer & songwriter Kenneth Nixon, guitarists Tim and Brandon, bassist Luke and drummer Chris came together to form Framing Hanley and quickly gained a large following in Nashville. First formed in 2005, the band posted some demos of their songs on the bands myspace page. In November 2006, these demos were discovered by Brett Hestla, former Creed bassist and frontman of Dark New Day. Hestla helped the young Nashville based quintet record a 2 song demo in his Florida studio which captured the attention of Jeff Hanson (Creed, Sevendust, Paramore) and his record label Silent Majority Group. In June 2008, Tim left the band due to recurring back problems and to pursue other endeavors in his life. He was immediately replaced by a friend of the band, guitarist Ryan Belcher. This was originally a temporary arrangement but Ryan soon became a permanent member of the band. The band recorded their debut album, The Moment, with Hestla in Orlando, Florida. The disc was released in August 2007 and includes the single “Hear Me Now”. In November 2008, Framing Hanley released The Moment Deluxe Edition which also includes a rock cover of Lil Wayne’s hit “Lollipop.” The band has since toured with Evans Blue, Red, and Cavo. Here is a recent live webcast the band did from Jacksonville Beach, Fl. http://app.synclive.com?show/30305 where the band played two new songs “Gameboy” and “Pretty Faces”. On September 27, 2009 it was announced during their performance at Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, Alabama that the band will be returning to the studio in November to work on their new album. According to their Twitter (@FramingHanley), once they reach 10,000 followers, they will release the name of the next album. On January 25th 2010, they got 10,000 followers and it was announced that the next album will be titled “A Promise To Burn” and will be released on 5/4/2010.
Name change and meaning
According to an interview with up until the end of 2006, the band was called a different name, Embers Fade. Nixon stated that “our drummer’s girlfriend Ashley Hanley passed away in October of 2006. She was a best friend of the rest of the band, and we wanted to do something to somewhat honor her. She used to take pictures for our band, hence ‘framing.’ Naming our band Framing Hanley was the least we could do for someone that means so much to us.”
- Kenneth Nixon: Vocals (2005 – present)
- Ryan Belcher: Guitar (2008 – present)
- Brandon Wootten: Guitar, Backing Vocals (2005 – present)
- Luke McDuffee: Bass, Backing Vocals (2005 – present)
- Chris Vest: Drums (2005 – present)
- Tim Huskinson: Guitar (2005-2008)