Framing Hanley

Framing Hanley

Framing Hanley live
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, post-hardcore, emo[1]
Years active 2005–2015
Labels Imagen Records, East-West Records, Independent Label Group[2]
Past members Kenneth Nixon
Ryan Belcher
Brandon Wootten
Chris Vest
Jonathan Stoye
Tim Huskinson
Luke McDuffee

Framing Hanley was an American rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. They released their first studio album in August 2007 entitled The Moment.


Formation and The Moment (2005-2009)

Lead singer & songwriter Kenneth Nixon, guitarists Tim Huskinson and Brandon Wooten, bassist Luke McDuffee and drummer Chris Vest came together to form Framing Hanley and quickly gained a large following in Nashville. First formed in 2005 (Under the name Embers Fade) 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.[3] Hestla helped the young Nashville based quintet record a 2 song demo in his Florida studio which he showed to Jeff Hanson (Creed, Sevendust, Paramore) and his record label Silent Majority Group. In an interview with HitQuarters Hanson said he "flipped out" when he heard the song "Hear Me Now" and decided immediately he wanted to sign them.[4] The following day he went to see the band play in Nashville and claims that in his rush to secure the band's signatures he wrote up their deal on a napkin. Hanson became not only their label boss but also their manager, says the band.[4]

In June 2008, Tim left the band due to recurring back problems and to pursue other endeavors in his life.[5] He was 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.

A Promise to Burn (2009-2011)

In early November 2009, Framing Hanley entered the studio to start working on the sophomore record, "A Promise to Burn." In an interview with, lead singer Kenneth Nixon stated that “The album tells a story that a lot of us have been through, where you have to have everything taken away from you before you can be humbled and know how lucky you are, it’s sad that it’s like that, but it’s true in a lot of people’s cases." Nixon says the band has a lot to prove with the new album, foremost that the band is more than just ‘that rock band that covered Lil Wayne's song "Lollipop." “Three years later when one song that they are remembering you for is a cover song, it kinda leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” said Nixon. “That song did a lot of things for our band, but it was really just something that we were doing for fun.” Nixon says the band was discouraged when the band re-released their debut single “Hear Me Now” following the success of “Lollipop” and saw very little response. "It leaves us with something to prove on this record. We are not just a band that covers songs, we want to prove we are a band that writes rock songs that we care about, and that is what we did with this record," says the band. [6]

In December 2009, the band won the Best Modern Rock Band at the Top In Rock Awards.[7] Their first single "You Stupid Girl" is available on iTunes and all digital retailers now.[8] According to their Twitter page, "Back to Go Again" is the 1st single to be released in the United Kingdom instead of "You Stupid Girl".[9] A Promise to Burn was released in stores, on iTunes, and all music retailers on May 25. The iTunes deluxe version contains 2 bonus tracks, "Can Always Quit Tomorrow" and "Pretty Faces".[10] The band also contributed a cover of the Nirvana song In Bloom for Kerrang!'s cover album of Nevermind, released in their special edition issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of the grunge act's breakthrough release.[6]

The Sum Of Who We Are (2011-2015)

Through Facebook and Twitter, the band has uploaded a video explaining everything that has happened to them in the past year. Nixon explains the band leaving their record label and the struggle to make another album. They created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their record, believing that their fans could cover the cost of making the new album by only asking a dollar per fan.[11]

Framing Hanley enter the studio to record their successfully funded album. According to their official Twitter feed, and other fan sites, Framing Hanley has named Robert Venable as the mixing engineer for this album.[12] On August 17, 2012, Framing Hanley revealed the title of their third album would be "The Sum Of Who We Are".[13] On August 10, 2013, Framing Hanley announced the departure of Luke McDuffee as bassist.[14] The original release date of the album was October 22, however due to legal issues it had been postponed. They had announced a new record deal and that the album's new release date would be April 29, 2014. There will be a single "Criminal". The day before the release of the album Billboard streamed the album. [15] In late May 2014 they released a music video for "Criminal".

Break-up (2015)

The band announced their break-up via Facebook[16] on April 6, 2015. The band toured North America in support of their "FHarewell Tour" performing "The FHinal Act" on August 1, 2015 at Marathon Musicworks in their hometown of Nashville, TN. [17][18]


Final Line-Up

Former members




Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


The Moment 169
A Promise to Burn
  • Released: May 25, 2010 (US)[23]
  • Label: Silent Majority
  • Formats: CD, digital download
57 9 15
The Sum of Who We Are
  • Released: April 29, 2014 (US)[24]
  • Label: Imagen
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
79 14 24
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Act. Rock US



"Lollipop" 2008 82 22 27 62 The Moment
"Hear Me Now"[30] 2009
"You Stupid Girl"[30] 2010 35 A Promise to Burn
"Back to Go Again"[31]
"WarZone"[32] 2011
"Criminal" 2014 22 The Sum of Who We Are
"Collide" 2015 39
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  3. "Interviews: Framing Hanley" (Interview). RockSound. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  4. 1 2 "Interview with Jeff Hanson". HitQuarters. 20 September 2010. Retrieved Oct 4, 2010.
  5. "Closing A Chapter;Opening A New One van Framing Hanley op Myspace". 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  6. 1 2
  7. "2009 Top In Rock Awards". Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  8. "iTunes - Music - You Stupid Girl - Single by Framing Hanley". 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  9. "Twitter / Framing Hanley: new clip of first single f". 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  10. "iTunes - Music - A Promise to Burn (Deluxe Edition) by Framing Hanley". 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  11. "NEW Framing Hanley Album & Music Video". Kickstarter. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  12. Venable, Robert. "Robert Venable mixing the album status". Twitter. Robert Venable. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  13. ParAg0n. "Framing Hanley : The Sum Of Who We Are". Has it leaked?. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  14. "Framing Hanley - A message from Luke:Hello everyone,... - Facebook". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  15. "Framing Hanley,'The Sum of Who We Are': Exclusive Album Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  16. "Framing Hanley - The last 8 years of our lives have... - Facebook". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  17. chadchilders (6 April 2015). "Framing Hanley Reveal Plans to Split, Announce Farewell Tour". Loudwire. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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  20. "Framing Hanley – Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  21. "Framing Hanley – Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  22. "The Moment (Bonus Track Version) by Framing Hanley". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  23. Monger, James Christopher. "A Promise to Burn – Framing Hanley". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  24. Monger, James Christopher. "The Sum of Who We Are – Framing Hanley". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
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  26. "Framing Hanley – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  27. "Framing Hanley – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  28. "Framing Hanley – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  29. "Gold & Platinum: Framing Hanley". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  30. 1 2 "Modern Rock – Airplay Archive". FMQB. Mediaspan Online Services. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  31. "Back to Go Again" (single). Framing Hanley. Silent Majority Records. 2010.
  32. "WarZone" (single). Framing Hanley. Silent Majority Records. 2011.

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