Isaac Hanson Biography

Singer, Guitarist (1980–)
Isaac Hanson is a member of the band Hanson with his brothers Taylor and Zac. The group rose to fame in the 1990s with their hit single "MMMBop."


Isaac Hanson was born on November 17, 1980, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He played music with his brothers Taylor and Zac growing up. The boys formed the band Hanson and signed a recording contract as teenagers. The group is best known for their hit single "MMMBop." The band has produced music together for more than 20 years.

Early Life

Pop musician Clarke Isaac Hanson was born on November 17, 1980, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was home-schooled, along with his siblings, by his mother. At a young age, Isaac and his brothers—future band mates Taylor and Zac—became increasingly interested in music and began to play together around the house.

The three brothers formed a band and began to perform everywhere they could, including parties, state fairs and café parking lots. While the boys played these small venues, their mother would sell Hanson's independently released first album, Boomerang. The record featured the three boys singing a three-part harmony over a techno-sounding beat and included an early rendition of their later hit single "MMMBop."

In 1994, Isaac and his brothers took their album to South by Southwest music festival where they sang a cappella for music lawyer Christopher Sabec and impressed him. Sabec became their manager and eventually connected the trio with record producer Steven Greenberg, who signed the band to Mercury Records.

Commercial Success

Hanson's contract with Greenberg and Mercury Records included a six-album deal. Their first studio album with a major label, Middle of Nowhere, was released in 1997. Middle of Nowhere featured their platinum and Grammy nominated single "MMMBop," along with Top 10 hits "I Will Come to You" and "Where's the Love." Zac, who co-wrote "MMMBop," became the youngest Grammy nominated songwriter at age 11.

Hanson's follow up to Middle of Nowhere was Snowed In, which also sold platinum and went Top 10. In 2000, the brothers released This Time Around, which went gold. The band has continued to record albums but has not been able to replicate the success of their first effort.

Hanson has been working together for more than 20 years and in 2013 they released Anthem featuring the single, "Get the Girl Back."

Personal Life

Isaac Hanson married longtime girlfriend Nicole Dufresne in 2006. The ceremony was held in his home state of Oklahoma. The couple has two sons together.

Isaac and his brothers celebrated their band's 21st anniversary in 2013 by releasing their own beer, "Mmmhops."

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