Hot Chelle Rae members were inevitably born to sing because their parents were musical pedigrees who inherit their love of music to their children. Brothers Ryan and Jamie Follese are the descendants of Nashville songwriters Keith and Adrienne Follese. Nash Overstreet is the son of five-time BMI songwriter of the year, Paul Overstreet, while Ian Keaggy's dad is Grammy-nominated guitarist and multiple Dove Award recipient, Phil Keaggy.
The band were formed under the name Miracle Drug in 2005 when Ryan and Nash met. But they soon changed the moniker to Hot Chelle Rae after drawing inspiration from MySpace. "There was a girl on Myspace whose profile name was 'Chelle Rae' and her pictures were hot, but she was stealing a model's pictures and putting them on her profile," Ryan said. They began their career by doing numerous shows and writing a lot of songs.
From 60 songs that they created, they picked the best 11 and recorded it for "Lovesick Electric" in 2009 after they got signed by Jive a year before. "It's a great representation of the music we love to write and create. It's fairly diverse, with dance tracks, to ballads, and few rock songs in the midst," Nash said. The album spawned two singles, "I Like to Dance" and "Bleed", but their big break was yet to come.
In the first quarter of 2011, the band released "Tonight Tonight" which quickly climbed up the Billboard Hot 100 chart to number 7. Its music video, which features Nash's actor brother Chord Overstreet, was viewed for more than 20 millions. The single was followed by "I Like It Like That" feat. New Boyz in September that year. A month later, the band were dropped from Jive but quickly signed to RCA Records.
They won New Artist category at the 2011 American Music Awards. Their second album "Whatever" was released on November 29, 2011.