Growing up, Hope sang country & gospel songs in her hometown & was a popular act at the Strand Theatre.
In her early teens, a demo that she & her family self-produced made its way to an aunt, working in Nashville, Tennessee as a songwriter. The demo later caught the attention of music producer & CEO of Virgin Records, Matt Serletic.
Hope ended up signing her first record deal with Virgin Records at just 14 years old. Before the release of her debut album, Hope’s song “Whatever Comes Our Way” was the theme song to the short-lived WB network series “Living With Fran.” In the summer of 2005, she was the opening act while on tour with Jesse McCartney.
In September of 2005, she released her debut album “Who We Are” which managed to peak at #45 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
The title song managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, but missed the Billboard Hot 100.
The follow-up single “Sick Inside” didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts. In November of that same year, Hope was dropped from Virgin Records due to the record label’s restructuring.
After that, nothing much was heard from her until April 2007 when Hope announced on her MySpace page that she teamed up with guitarist Ryan Wilson to start a new duo music act called Hope & Ryan.
Three months later, the duo announced on MySpace that they were looking for a female singer & Sara Rachele joined them, changing the act’s name to The Love Willows.
In April of 2008, the Love Willows announced on their MySpace page that they had signed to Decca Records. They released their debut album “Hey! Hey!”
In May of 2009, the group were removed from The Veronicas’ American summer tour for no reason, but according to the Veronicas’ MySpace postings, the Love Willows were never promised an entire three months on tour with them.
By August of that same year, the Love Willows were dropped from Decca Records. In September of 2010, Hope & Ryan married.
These days, Hope continues to perform with her husband under “The Love Willows” name (even though they are now a trio).
To see the music video for “Who We Are,” go to:
To see the music video for “Sick Inside,” go to: