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  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B001PK47AS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do You Love Me
2. Devastated
3. Closer
4. She Was The One
5. Longing For
6. Birthday
7. Fall
8. Do It For You
9. Break Through
10. Together Faraway
11. Underwater

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Product Description

2009 debut release from the Dancing With The Stars favorites. Mark Ballas and Derek Hough are watched by 36 million people per week as dancers on ABC's hit show, DWTS. Derek Hough is co-champion with Brooke Burke for the most recent DWTS season and Mark Ballas was co-champion with Kristi Yamaguchi for the spring 2007 season. Derek and Mark are the featured dancers in this winter's DWTS U.S. tour. Ballas Hough Band is playing club dates in all the DWTS tour markets.

About the Artist

Anyone who's given the hit TV series Dancing With the Stars even a cursory glance knows the names Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. Since 2006, the two professional ballroom dancers both led their celebrity partners to victory in successive seasons, trading in months of grueling practice and competition for one highly coveted Mirror Ball trophy. "I love to entertain people," says Mark, who took the crown on season 6 with Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi (Derek won in season 7 with Brooke Burke). "Seeing people smile and enjoy themselves, that's what I live for."

But entertaining audiences never took one form for Mark or Derek. The two best friends have been playing and making music together for more than a decade, in between touring theatrical productions and ballroom competitions. And like every achievement they've crossed off their collective to-do list, a career in music was a dream they worked towards tirelessly. "To play gigs in London, we often had to take the Tube," Derek recalls. "We'd carry all our gear -- amps, guitars, keyboards -- down those mile-long escalators and onto the train. For a while, we were doing that almost every weekend!"

Mark and Derek's love of music was apparent from a very young age. Mark got his first guitar when he was seven, around the same time Derek began playing the drums. By the time they were in their early teens, the two had both mastered the guitar and began writing songs that showcased their unique talents: three and four-part harmonies (a skill honed during years in the musical theatre circuit), Mark's percussive, Flamenco-flavored playing style and a natural affinity for irresistible melodies.

Music of all forms and genres constantly filled the Ballas' London home, where Derek lived since the age of 12, and was also a key component to their dance routines, so the pull was natural. The guys' musical bond, however, came from a seemingly unlikely place: a Korn concert at London's Wembley Arena. "Until that point, I wasn't allowed to listen to bands like Nirvana," says Derek, who, along with his sister Julianne (herself a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion), was raised in a very conservative household. Mark, however, was determined to open his friend's mind. "I was like, 'Dude, stop being a wuss,' and I took him to see Korn for his first concert," he says. "We threw him on top of the crowd and it was like the transformation had been made."

While still years away from entering a pub legally, the conversion stirred hopes of becoming a touring band and Mark went to task finding players to round out the as-yet-unnamed project. He didn't have to search far. Harry Sullivan, whose parents were close with the Ballas family, was enlisted to play drums, and Emily Grace, a classically trained pianist and classmate from London's Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, was a no-brainer for keyboards. They found their bassist, Sam Marder, by cold-calling Surrey's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music. "We phoned up the school and sort of made up this story about how we were getting signed and needed a bass player," says Derek. "They gave us three phone numbers and Sam was the first person we called."

That impulsiveness served them well in the years to come. Case in point: when the guys were both offered spots on the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars, they accepted, though they worried that music would end up taking a backseat. "Moving from London to Los Angeles, where we didn't know anyone... We just weren't sure," Mark explains. "But then we thought, we've been sitting around in England for years struggling. Forget it, let's just go. So we arrived in LA with no car and nowhere to live, just a guitar and a suitcase. And since then, we've been working towards our dream."

Customer Reviews

The songs are very catchy.
gordonrlz
I have been listening to this cd in my car everyday and I just love all the songs.
L. Pekny
Great songs, great voices and great harmony.
Lyndie L. Slack

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S.L. on March 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In listening to this cd for the first time I found myself thinking that it would be really good music for the beach or a pool party, when you have to be aware of those around you. There is absolutely nothing offensive in the lyrics, the music is upbeat and catchy, and is more N Sync in style than Hannah Montana or Jonas Brothers. I do think the entire record would have been much more enjoyable if the female backup vocals were heard more-her voice is lovely. Safe for the young and old, not as obnoxious as some for the parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sage and Savvy Mom on March 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the Ballas Hough Band. Who knew that these awesome dancers could also sing? And they wrote many of the songs themselves!

Many of their songs are about their own experiences with love and heartbreak (Fall, Devastated), but despite such emotional subjects, some of these songs just make you want to dance (Do You Love Me, Birthday).

Their first single from the album, Do It For You, is one of my favorite tracks. It was co-written by new American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, and it's just another one of those songs that I can't get out of my head. I also enjoy Together Faraway--a mellow song with a very catchy chorus, and Longing For--a sweet ballad.

The CD is also an interactive CD--just pop it into your computer to go directly to various Ballas Hough Band sites, such as their Facebook and MySpace pages.

I really enjoyed Ballas Hough Band's debut album, BHB, and I already can't wait for their sophomore album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Overall, I don't think the songs sound very different than most of what we hear in the pop genre. I think it's very admirable that they wrote most, if not all of their own songs but I would have liked to hear their true, pure, natural voices without all of the sound board additions. Although Mark Ballas has a good voice, Derek has a great voice and is by far the better vocalist (no offense meant Mark). I heard him sing a duet with his sister on her album and his voice is unique and a joy to listen to -- simply remarkable! I think he should try a solo album of ballads in all different types of genres, including country. Lastly, I would like to hear the female vocalist in the band. I could not hear her at all and I apologize because I do not know her name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dajjnm on March 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The new Ballas Hough band CD caught me offguard. I thought it was going to be another wanna-be cross over act. Surprisingly though, I was head bopping and toe tapping throughout the whole CD. The vocals vary between songs that keeps it interesting and entertaining. Vocals you can actually hear and aren't drowned out by the music but the music is an important part to the song. The 3rd track "Closer" has a latin-feel to it and is really a good song. Track 5, "Longing For" introduces Emily Grace's voice to the mix and the combo of her femal voices lends itself for this song to be thousands of couples "song", good words, slow and up-tempo in the same song. All around I think this CD is great!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By reneeden on March 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
unfortunately, I can't stomach the Jo Bros, so I'm definitely not enthusiastic about the Ballas Hough Band. It sounds like these guys went into the studio on Synthesizer Revival Day, grabbed the first beat machine operator they could find - who happened to be hyped up on Red Bull - and decided to record the cheesiest lyrics they could come up with. Oddly enough, I found 'Longing For', 'Fall', and 'Break Through' to be somewhat listenable, but three tracks does not an album sell. All in all, it's hyper-active drivel that would fit in the background of any Disney Channel movie. Find a free album preview somewhere and listen before shelling out money for these guys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MelindaJoy926 on March 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This CD is fantastic. It mixes sounds like Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake and other great pop artists, and they wrote the majority of their songs, which is phenomenal! Definitely check out this CD. It will be money well spent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Alexander on November 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
My fifteen year old neice, who just learned to drive, was playing this CD in her car yesterday afternoon. I was surprised to learn that these were the young gentlemen on "Dancing With the Stars," a show I am aware of in a marginal way because I have some co-workers who are quite taken with it.

The songs on this CD are catchy toe tappers for the most part with very bland but kid-friendly lyrics. No parent would tear their hair out when this one plays. And while I could not really tell you after hearing it what the songs were about, they are upbeat and "feel good." Unabashed and unapologetic bubble gum, and nothing is wrong with that every now and again, although it could be safely said that the music verges on having a case of the "terminal cutes."

I will say that the standout, though, is the backup female vocalist. This woman needs her own album. Great voice, and I would have loved to have heard more of her.

Great party music and I could not imagine the typical teen-ager disliking it.

Recommended for teens, lovers of "boy band" sounds, and people who like their music uncomplicated, upbeat and breezy. Otherwise, no.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roseann S. on November 7, 2013
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I'll confess that I am a big Derek Hough fan from Dancing with the Stars. The man absolutely RULES the dance floor, and now he has the Emmy to prove it. And now you know he can sing as well.

Although this CD is a few years old now it shows Derek and Mark Ballas in a new and different light, as pop/rock singers. If you ever saw their show when the BHB was still together you would know what a great show they put on that incorporated singing and dance and a touch of humor. If you were not so privileged go to youtube and search Ballas Hough Band and be prepared to be delighted.

It's sad that the band is no longer together but both men are continuing music careers. Mark is writing and recording as a solo artist and Derek is developing his singing skills for future projects and having seen him in California this past summer I can tell you he is well on his way to being a multiple threat talent.

But in the meantime enjoy this pleasant introduction to the boyz in the band.
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