Heffron Drive’s debut album, Happy Mistakes has officially been released! Kansas-native heartthrobs, Kendall Schmidt (lead vocals, guitar) and Dustin Belt (vocals, guitar) joined forces and named their group after the street they had both been living on in Burbank, California… Heffron Drive!
Kendall Schmidt rose to stardom after he was cast as one of the members of the record breaking Nickelodeon boy-band series, Big Time Rush. As Kendall’s career took-off he still found time to work on his solo side project and in 2013 he decided it was time to create a full-length album.
The first single titled “Parallel” debuted this past spring at SXSW, in Austin, Texas. "Parallel" was written by Schmidt and producer, Toby Gad, and was mixed by The Lodge’s Chief Engineer, Emily Lazar and Scott Jacoby, at Eusonia Studios. Lazar and Jacoby also mixed tracks “Could You Be Home,” “That’s What Makes You Mine,” “One Track Mind,” and “Love Defined” for the album. The official “Parallel” remix exploded across social media and drove anticipation for Happy Mistakes’ release.
“Parallel” was so well received, that the group was invited to perform at the 2014 “A Capital Fourth” concert celebration on July 4th at the West Lawn of the United States Capitol with hundreds of thousands in attendance and millions watching on PBS. The duo performed a beautiful rendition of “Parallel” along side The National Symphony Orchestra. Less than two months later, the electro-pop album was ready for release through Kendall Schmidt’s new independent record label, TOLbooth Records.
Happy Mistakes was mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar, and was assisted by Rich Morales and Chris Allgood. Producers included Kendall Schmidt and Michael Cammarata. Engineers Emily Lazar, Scott Jacoby, Mark Needham, Ben O’Neil, and Steve Soloman all contributed stellar mixes to the album.
Heffron Drive kicked off their promotional North American Happy Mistakes Tour on August 30 in Atlanta, GA. They then traveled up to New York on September 6 and put on a powerhouse performance at the Madison Theatre in Rockville Center. The Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour will continue through September 29, click HERE for tickets.