Category Archives: Kendall Schmidt

Heffron Drive’s “Happy Mistakes Unplugged Tour” Swings Into NYC

Heffron Drive kicked off their Summer mini-tour last night in front of a sold out crowd at NYC’s Webster Hall.  The tour is in support of the “Happy Mistakes Unplugged” album that bandmates Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt released earlier this year.   They played the full album from start to finish on acoustic guitars, bringing their full band along for the show.  The enthusiastic crowd sang along to every word.   You could tell it was an album they had lived with for a while.  Kendall and Dustin were appreciative of their support, thanking them for being there and that they could tell the crowd appreciated the band coming out as well.  It was a love fest all around.

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When it comes to crowd interaction, artists either have it or they don’t.  Heffron Drive completely nailed it, responding to whatever the crowd shouted out without missing a beat, having small conversations with fans near the stage, and taking time to introduce each song.  It made the show seem even more personal and intimate.

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Highlights of the set included a stripped down performance of “Could Be Home,” which Kendall performed solo.  He said he wanted to have at least one track on the album that had “one vocal, one guitar, one take.”   More up-tempto tracks like “Had To Be Panama” and “Nicotine” had the whole place rocking, acoustic or not.  The album features a duet with Kendall’s Big Time Rush bandmate Logan Henderson, who sadly wasn’t available for the show to sing his part.  But no worries – the crowd filled in for his parts on “Passing Time” just fine!

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Setlist
Happy Mistakes
Parallel
Division of the Heart
Had to Be Panama
Nicotine
Art of Moving On
Passing Time
Could Be Home
Everything Has Changed

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Check out the rest of Heffron Drive’s tour dates HERE and pickup a copy of “Happy Mistakes Unplugged” on iTunes now!  Watch their video of “Division of the Heart” below.

Be sure to follow Heffron Drive & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

Watch Heffron Drive Perform “Art Of Moving On” Unplugged

Heffron Drive just released their new video for “Art Of Moving On” off of their album “Happy Mistakes: Unplugged” which is due out April 28th!  The video is part of the bands’ “Live Sessions” series and features the full band behind Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt.

Watch the video below!

Pre-order a copy of Heffron Drive’s album “Happy Mistakes: Unplugged” on iTunes or Amazon now and check out the tracklisting below!   We are super excited to see a track featuring Mr. Logan Henderson!  (A BTR reunion?  We’re halfway there!)

1. Happy Mistakes
2. Parallel
3. Division of the Heart
4. Had to be Panama
5. Nicotine
6. Art of Moving On
7. Passing Time (feat. Logan Henderson)
8. Could You Be Home
9. That’s What Makes You Mine
10. Everything Has Changed

Be sure to follow Heffron Drive, Dustin Belt, & Secret Fangirls on Twitter!

Heffron Drive To Release Acoustic Album 4/28

Heffron Drive, AKA Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush and his friend Dustin Belt, are set to release a special acoustic version of their debut album “Happy Mistakes” on April 28th!  The album features hits like “Parallel” and “Art Of Moving On.”

The duo are also playing an album release show at The Mint on April 30th to celebrate. Get your tickets before they’re gone and party with Kendall and Dustin.

Heffron Drive Acoustic Album Release Show
The Mint
April 30th, 3015
Tickets: $25
Buy Tickets

Watch Heffron Drive perform “Parallel” live at the NJ State Fair last year.

Be sure to pick up a copy of “Happy Mistakes” on iTunes now!

Follow Heffron Drive, Dustin Belt, & Secret Fangirls on Twitter.

Kendall Schmidt Releases “Blame It On The Mistletoe”

We always try to add some new Christmas music to our playlists every year, to go along with the essentials.  (That list would include *NSYNC’s “Home For Christmas,” Hilary Duff’s “Santa Clause Lane,” and “Music From The O.C. Mix 3: Have A Very Merry Chrismukkah.”) So we were thrilled to hear that one of our favorite boyband members was releasing a Holiday single!

Kendall Schmidt, from Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, just released “Blame It On the Mistletoe.”   The track will definitely get you in the Holiday spirit.  Listen below and pickup a copy on iTunes now!

And if you’re feeling nostalgic for BTR, watch their performance of “Beautiful Christmas” from the National Tree Lighting, complete with matching tuxedos. (#boybandsforever)

Be sure to follow Kendall Schmidt & Secret Fangirls for more updates

Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour Dates!

We finally have the name of Heffron Drive‘s debut album – “Happy Mistakes!”  The album will be released later this fall on Tolbooth Records.   The guys  (Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and guitarist Dustin Belt) are also going on tour later this summer in support of the album.  Check out the first round of dates below!

Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour Dates

August 30th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
September 1st – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ – Buy Tickets
September 3rd – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
September 4th – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
September 5th – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
September 6th – Madison Theatre – Rockville Centre, NY – Buy Tickets
September 7th – TLA – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
September 27th – Desert Breeze Park – Las Vegas, NV

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 1st.  Check with the venue and the Heffron Drive Facebook for pre-sale info!  There will also be VIP packages available, which include access to a sound check party with a Q&A session, and a photo with the band.  Stay tuned for more tour dates!

Be sure to follow Heffron Drive & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Heffron Drive Announce Concert in Mexico On October 4th!

That’s right!!  Heffron Drive are taking their live show down to Mexico in October.   Kendall Schmidt, Dustin Belt and bandmates will be playing at El Plaza Condesa on October 4th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 25th on Ticketmaster!

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Watch Heffron Drive perform  their debut single “Parallel”  live at the New Jersey State Fair below.

Pick up a copy of “Parallel” on iTunes now and keep requesting the song at your local radio stations!

Don’t forget to follow Heffron Drive’s Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt on Twitter.  Follow Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite artists!

Kendall Schmidt Releasing A New Single In March

Rejoice!!  Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive is releasing a new single in March!
We aren’t sure if this is by himself or with Dustin Belt as Heffron Drive, but we are super stoked to hear what he’s been up to in the studio for the past few months. If it’s anything like the new music we heard on the Heffron Drive Winter Tour, then the future of pop-rock is in good hands.

Feature photo from Twitter.

Why We’re Excited For 2014

If you’re a secret fangirl, 2013 was an incredible year for music.  Could we ever have guessed that this would finally be the year that Justin Timberlake returned to music?  That 98 Degrees would release an album and tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men?   THAT *NSYNC WOULD REUNITE AT THE VMAS?!    No.  But all of these things happened and more.  We’re hoping that this momentum rolls into 2014 in the form of an *NSYNC reunion tour (just once?!? please?)

Meanwhile, here are some of our sure bets of what music we are excited for in 2014.

Olivia Somerlyn
Olivia Somerlyn is the ultimate Secret Fangirl.   More on that later, but 2013 was a breakthrough for Olivia, as she scored opening slots on the Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, for the Jonas Brothers, and for Jessie J in the UK.  Olivia is currently working on her debut album, to be released in 2014. Keep an eye out for big this from Olivia in the coming year!  Follow Olivia Somerlyn Twitter, and don’t forget about the #12DaysOfLivGifts on her Official Facebook.

AJR
It’s no secret that we are major fans of AJR.  In the short time since we were introduced to them, we’ve seen them get bigger and bigger.  (Like, the “I’m Ready” video is a serious case of life imitating art).  With a new EP, ‘6foot1,’ being released at the end of this year, an album coming out in the Spring of 2014, and early support from the likes of Sia, Demi Lovato and The Wanted, AJR are the act to watch in 2014. Keep up with AJR every step of the way on Twitter and Facebook.

Midnight Red
We are from the generation where boy bands were defined as “a group of young men who sing and DANCE.”   Aside from Big Time Rush, the generation today is deprived of this wonderfulness.   We will always have NKOTB, Backstreet, and (ONE DAY AGAIN) *NSYNC, but it’s nice to see another proper boy band in the mix today! Don’t forget to follow Midnight Red on Twitter.

Lance Bass
LANCE BASS IS RELEASING A SINGLE IN 2014.  WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS OUR EXCITEMENT FOR THE POSSIBLE TOUR! There really is nothing else to say about this. Get the latest updates from Lance on Twitter.

Hilary Duff
We love Hilary Duff.  The girl is good at everything, manages to stay sweet and humble, and live a normal life with her husband and adorable kid.   After focusing in recent years on her book series and being a mom to baby Luca, we were beyond stoked to hear that Hilary has returned to the studio to work on her fourth album. Follow Hilary on Twitter and get the latest on her new music first!

Ashley Tisdale
Unlike Hilary, we aren’t exactly sure what Ashley Tisdale has been doing the last couple of years, but we are equally thrilled for her comeback to music!  She just released her first single, “You’re Always Here,” with more to come in 2014. Don’t forget to follow Ashley Tisdale on Twitter and “like” her on Facebook .

The Ceremonies
Another trio of brothers, by way of Los Angeles instead of New York.  They have messy hair and wear tight pants, with an early 2000s NY Strokes-vibe – definitely those boys your Mama warned you to stay away from!  Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook are making waves in the underground scene with their self-titled EP. Expect to hear a lot more from The Ceremonies in 2014. Stay up to date with The Ceremonies on Facebook and Twitter.

Austin Mahone
Austin’s debut album is FINALLY dropping in 2014 (we hope).  We were sad when his MTV Artist to Watch Tour was postponed in October (glad you’re feeling better Austin!!) and we literally cannot wait until his tour kicks off in March!  We have loved each single he’s released more than the last, and are so excited to see what’s in store for him next year.  His recent string of Jingle Ball performances have proved Austin has the talent to go to the next level, with top notch choreography and awesome stage presence.   We are (not so secret) MAHOMIES! Become an official Mahomie and follow Austin on Twitter.

American Authors
You know that song in the Walter Mitty commercial that’s been stuck in your head for 2 days? It’s not a new Imagine Dragons song (don’t worry…we thought it was too!) “The Best Day Of My Life” is by a new band from Brooklyn, NY called American Authors. Recently signed to Island Records, these guys are capturing hearts of fangirls and music junkies alike. Their debut album is due out in 2014, but grab your copy of their self-titled EP on iTunes HERE. American Authors will be playing Sacramento’s own 107.9 The END’s Jingle Ball 2013 with Emblem 3, Panic At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy on 12/21. Get your tickets HERE and don’t forget to follow @aauthorsmusic on twitter for the latest updates from the guys!

Born Cages
If you ever wanted The Strokes to have a musical love child with The Darkness then…REJOICE! Your dreams have come true!! Born Cages are exactly that – complete with insane guitar riffs and gravity defying hair. Hailing from Brooklyn (what’s in the water out there and how can we get some?!) Born Cages recently released The Sidelines – EP in June and we can’t believe it took us this long to find them! Big choruses, church bells, synths and guitar riffs that would make any 80s hair band proud, The Sidelines EP makes us want to get up and dance!! Pick up your copy on iTunes and follow Born Cages on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook. Next time they roll through your town, check them out. You won’t regret it. I promise.

The Vamps
The British are invading quicker than you’d believe! The Vamps first won our hearts with their song “Can We Dance” and they’re at it again with a new single and a new video for “Wild Heart”.  They have already opened for Selena Gomez and now they’re gearing up for a string of opening dates on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour at The O2 Arena in February. We are expecting a debut album from The Vamps in 2014, making them just another reason we are stoked for the new year!  Follow The Vamps on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

Heffron Drive
As much as we love Big Time Rush, we also love Kendall Schmidt’s other band, Heffron Drive, formed with friend and guitarist Dustin Belt.  While the band has a different vibe and sound than BTR (sadly no dancing), we love anything that keeps Kendall up on stage!  (And okay, the electric guitar is maybe even better than the hip rolling) We’re looking forward to everything that the new year holds for Heffron Drive! Follow Kendall and Dustin on Twitter, and don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook.

 

What are you hoping to see in 2014? (Besides that *NSYNC reunion tour…NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!)

Heffron Drive Winter Tour

As the Heffron Drive Winter Tour is winding down, let’s remember what a blast this tour has been!

From hearing old favorites like ‘Time Wasting’ to witnessing epic rap battles between Dustin Belt and a lucky fan, to having our brains melted with the HD music, it’s easy to say that we would go to another Heffron Drive tour.

Best friends, Dustin Belt and Kendall Schmidt, from the boy band Big Time Rush *swoon* are taking the pop rock spectrum by storm.  Kendall may not have been dancing like he does in BTR (extremely well we might add), but it was clear he felt very comfortable wielding a guitar most of the night.   Our favorite song was “Feels So Good,” what the boys called a “funky 70s jam,” but what we call a Justin Timberlake throwback.

There are still a few dates left for you lucky West Coasters – check out HDWinterTour.com for all the details.  Don’t miss your chance to see HD in an intimate setting.   Get there early to see openers Ariana & the Rose and Eric Dash!

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