Kendall Schmidt and Heffron Drive Announce Debut Album, 'Happy Mistakes'
Big Time Rush Star Kendall Schmidt is proud to announce the release of his band Heffron Drive's first full-length album, "Happy Mistakes." The album will be celebrated with an international, major-market tour kicking off August 30 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Ga., followed by a release date in early September.
"Happy Mistakes" features a complex blend of pop, rock and electro sounds, while tying in acoustic arrangements. One of the album's highlights is the band's first single, "Parallel," which premiered on PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" broadcast (America's Independence Day Celebration) to a live audience of 250,000 and millions more at home.
For the band's debut album, Schmidt and partner Dustin Belt collaborated with some of the music industry's biggest and brightest. Production and co-writing credits include friends Jimmy Adkins of Jimmy Eat World and Nick Hexum of 311, Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse, Sean Hamilton (Justin Bieber, Rihanna, B.O.B.) and the legendary DJ collective Rice and Peas, to name just a few.
"'Happy Mistakes' is a passion project many years in the making. We've worked really hard on our new album and are so thrilled to finally share our new music with our fans," said Schmidt. "While this is only the beginning, it's already been an incredible journey. We are so thankful for the support we've received, as well as the opportunity to have worked with some of the greatest artists out there to make it happen."
Handling the global release of the album is Schmidt's newly formed private record label, TOLbooth Records. Preliminary stops for "The Happy Mistakes Tour" are listed below:
· August 30 Variety Playhouse ---- Atlanta, GA
· September 6 Madison Theatre ---- Rockville Centre, NY
· September 7 TLA ---- Philadelphia, PA
· September 18 Radioshow ---- Burlington, VT
· October 4 El Plaza Condesa ---- Mexico City, MX
About Heffron Drive
Heffron Drive was founded by Kendall Schmidt prior to his joining Big Time Rush. In 2008, he met guitarist Dustin Belt at an industry event where the two realized they shared many things in common: both had been born in Wichita, Kansas (in the same hospital), and even lived on the same street - Heffron Drive. Aside from becoming instant friends, the duo formed the band. Thousands began streaming uploaded tunes via MySpace and the Internet was soon buzzing about the duo. However, shortly thereafter the Big Time Rush opportunity came along, bringing on Kendall and, eventually, Dustin as the touring guitarist for the group. The two never forgot about Heffron Drive though, stealing spare moments to write and plan. Now, an ever-growing entity in its own right, Heffron Drive is bracing for a big year. 2013 saw Schmidt and Heffron Drive both in the studio and on the road for much of the fourth quarter, selling out a headlining tour in more than 20 markets. Though Big Time Rush will always be a part of Schmidt's life - he recently finished up a South American tour with the record-setting group - he is looking forward to his continued radio success and a full length album release in the fall via his label, TOLbooth Records.