"Dancing with the Stars" pros Mark Ballas and Derek Hough are pulling double duty as they showcase their other talents on the road with their pop-rock quintet, Ballas Hough Band .The group, which plans to release its debut album in early March, is playing club gigs that coincide with the current "Dancing with the Stars - The Tour". Concert dates launched Dec. 30 and continue tomorrow night (1/9) in Chicago, with more than 20 US cities from coast-to-coast still on the itinerary through mid-February.
Ballas and Hough may be best known as "Dancing with the Stars" champions, but they've been writing and playing music together for 10 years, ever since they both attended a London performing arts school, according to a press release. Their band--which includes the namesakes on vocals and guitars, along with vocalist/keyboardist Emily Grace, bassist Sam Marder and drummer Harry Sullivan--was known as Almost Amy when it formed in 2005. The outfit recently changed its name and scored a label deal with Hollywood Records.
The Ballas Hough Band hit the studio late last year with producers John Fields (Jonas Brothers), Eric Valentine (Maroon 5, Good Charlotte) and Adam & Andy (Jesse McCartney). The group's debut includes original tunes and collaborations with songwriters Dan Wilson, Kevin Kadish and Marty James. A few selections from the forthcoming set are streaming at BHB's MySpace page.Following the spring season of "Dancing with the Stars," the Ballas Hough Band will embark on a summer tour, according to a press release.