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Sister Hazel

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Sister Hazel formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1994 and was named for Sister Hazel Williams, a local nun who ran a homeless shelter. The group released its self-titled debut album in 1994 through its independent record label, Croakin’ Poets and shortly after its release, singer/guitarist Ryan Newell and drummer Mark Trojanowski joined the band. Newell played on the album before officially joining the group.

The band’s second album, …Somewhere More Familiar was released in 1997 and sold approximately 30,000 copies through its initial pressing, prompting Universal Records to sign the band. Universal re-released …Somewhere More Familiar in late 1997. A single from the album, “All For You” hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains the band’s most successful single.

The band’s third album Fortress was released in 2000 by Universal. The band worked with producers Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Heart), Richie Zito (Cheap Trick), and Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down). The album featured minor pop hits “Champagne High” and “Change Your Mind.”

In 2003, after the band split from Universal, it released its fourth studio album, Chasing Daylight, on the Sixthman label and toured throughout the year to promote the album. The band’s internet presence emerged during this time period, and hardcore fans dubbing themselves “Hazelnuts” studied setlists, shared bootleg concert recordings, and initiated a promotion scheme with the band through their official website.

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