8 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The five members of Why Don’t We (Jonah Marais from Minnesota, Corbyn Besson from Virginia, Daniel Seavey from Oregon, Jack Avery from Pennsylvania, and Zach Herron from Texas) were hard at work on their own budding careers—building fandoms through viral videos and nationwide influencer tours—when they joined forces in 2016. Firm believers in the power of brand awareness, they flooded the market with five EPs in their first year. “With this new generation, content is key,” Jonah Marais told Billboard. “They just want tons of music to listen to and videos to see.” But they quickly hungered to record a more formal body of work. Enter: 8 Letters. Full of inventive, modern twists on classic Top 40 flavours—there are R&B flirtations (“Choose”), folksy serenades (“In Too Deep”), ballads (“8 Letters”), and electro-pop anthems (“Hooked”)—it’s polished, buoyant, and stadium-ready.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The five members of Why Don’t We (Jonah Marais from Minnesota, Corbyn Besson from Virginia, Daniel Seavey from Oregon, Jack Avery from Pennsylvania, and Zach Herron from Texas) were hard at work on their own budding careers—building fandoms through viral videos and nationwide influencer tours—when they joined forces in 2016. Firm believers in the power of brand awareness, they flooded the market with five EPs in their first year. “With this new generation, content is key,” Jonah Marais told Billboard. “They just want tons of music to listen to and videos to see.” But they quickly hungered to record a more formal body of work. Enter: 8 Letters. Full of inventive, modern twists on classic Top 40 flavours—there are R&B flirtations (“Choose”), folksy serenades (“In Too Deep”), ballads (“8 Letters”), and electro-pop anthems (“Hooked”)—it’s polished, buoyant, and stadium-ready.

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About Why Don't We

A teenage dream for the 21st century, Why Don't We is a vocal harmony group comprised of social media stars from across America. Jack Avery, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron, Jonah Marais, and Daniel Seavey all came from different places in the U.S., but they each gained some measure of social media fame due to their posts on outlets like YouTube. The members first became acquainted on social media tours such as DigiTour and came together as a band in 2016. Their first single, "Taking You," appeared in October 2016, followed the next month by their debut EP, Only the Beginning. The group's first live shows happened in December 2016. Two more EPs appeared in 2017: Something Different and Invitation, followed at year's end by the holiday EP, A Why Don't We Christmas. A pair of singles, "Trust Fund Baby" and "Hooked," appeared in the first half of 2018. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Pop
FORMED
2016

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