Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
For decades the sounds of Motown have influenced and inspired generation of music fans around the globe. In one of the four corners of the world in Sydney, Australia, brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney teamed up with high school mates, Phil Burton and Toby Allen — and explored their passions for singing soul, gospel and great harmony groups including the extraordinary music of Motown. They would go on to form the international pop vocal group sensation Human Nature releasing nine albums (initially containing their own, self-penned original material), five of which went to #1 in their native continent, selling millions of records world-wide and garnering 23 platinum awards, 70 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits. Their biggest joy is in bringing their superlative vocal harmony to the Motown songbook. Human Nature is now setting out to conquer America and take the legacy of Motown music to new generations of fans.
Their first U.S. release The Motown Record, with several tracks produced by Harvey Mason Jr. (Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Glee) hits stores on March 6, 2012 through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and features 11 tracks offering their own authentic take on favorite Motown hits and classics including the bonus track “Get Ready,” a song they recorded with the legendary Smokey Robinson. Also included, a compelling new studio version of the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There,” the first Motown song the guys ever sang together. The new version, as well as the a cappella “Ooo Baby Baby” and new lead vocals on “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” were all produced by Harvey Mason Jr.
Human Nature’s The Motown Record pays homage to their musical heroes with distinctive doo-wop versions of classic Motown hits such as the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby,” the Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “Baby I Need Your Loving,” the Temptations’ “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),” Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street” and the Supremes’ “Stop! In the Name of Love.” The versions are authentic, yet fresh as well as performed and arranged by four guys who clearly found harmony with these very special songs — and they love to celebrate Motown.
Human Nature Sings Motown, a special telecast of the group’s show filmed by longtime Grammy® producer Ken Ehrlich, was at the center of PBS’ fund-raising efforts in December and featured a special appearance by Smokey Robinson who is also a presenter of their live stage show. Ehrlich enthused about working with the band: “When you hear their versions of the great Motown classics, you’re not only reminded of the greatness of the originals, but you hear nuances that bring those originals up to date.” The DVD version Human Nature Sings Motown is also set for release on March 6, 2012. Human Nature Sings Motown features 40 minutes of bonus content including an exclusive round-table discussion with the band and Motown’s legendary songwriters Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Eddie and Brian Holland, all of whom have given their ultimate compliments to Human Nature. The DVD also has more than 20 minutes of performances footage not shown in the original PBS TV broadcast.
Human Nature released its debut album Telling Everybody in 1996 and it went on to achieve triple-platinum status. In 1998 they released Counting Down, debuting at number one in Australia and generating five gold singles. The band continued its success by their self-titled album in 2000 with lead single “He Don’t Love You” reaching Top 20 in the UK and becoming the 2nd best selling Australasian single in Australia for that year. [Sujata, I’m not sure what this means? “Australasian single in Australia” I If you do, I’m fine with it.] Human Nature’s fourth studio album, Walk the Tightrope, was released in 2004 with its first single “When You Say You Love Me” hitting the Top 10 in Australia.
With the realization that they were perhaps outgrowing their original teen market, for their fifth studio album Human Nature decided to pay tribute to the music that influenced them from the very beginning. In 2005 they released an album of Motown covers titled Reach Out: The Motown Record, which topped the Australian charts and went five-times platinum. In 2006, they released Dancing In The Street: The Songs Of Motown II once again topping the Australian charts and in 2007, Human Nature released Get Ready, the 3rd Motown-themed album, which this time featured collaborations with several original Motown singing legends such as Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Temptations and Smokey Robinson. Impressed with their talent and love for Motown, Robinson worked together with Human Nature and now presents their new live stage show in Las Vegas at Caesar Entertainment Group’s Imperial Palace, where they have played five and six nights a week to sold-out crowds for the past two and a half years. Now, in addition to playing Vegas, the chart-topping quartet is embarking on a U.S. tour this spring backed by their seven-piece band, The Funk Foundation. “Human Nature: The Motown Show presented by Smokey Robinson” kicks off March 24 in Detroit and will travel to 33 U.S. cities on its first tour leg. This outstanding evening of hit-driven entertainment features Motown’s greatest music, inspiring audiences young and old to be “dancing in the streets” and the aisles. Tickets for all tour appearances are on sale now.
For complete tour schedule and ticket information visit www.humannaturelive.com.
1) Reach Out I’ll Be There
2) Get Ready (with Smokey Robinson)
3) Ooo Baby Baby – a cappella
4) Baby I Need Your Loving
5) Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
6) Dancing In The Street
7) My Girl
8) Stop! In The Name Of Love
9) Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
10) Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – a cappella
11) Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
International pop sensation, HUMAN NATURE, is hosting an exciting national contest calling upon all a cappella groups to win a chance at an opening slot for their upcoming nationwide tour.
Human Nature started as four high school students in Sydney, Australia who formed a singing group that began as a tribute to their love of a cappella doo-wop and Motown. When Smokey Robinson first heard the group’s a cappella version of his classic “Ooh Baby Baby,” he was not only blown away, but he became a true fan of the group. Now, after logging in more than 600 performances in the last two years, Human Nature wants to give young a cappella groups the chance of a lifetime.
From February 15th through March 6th, 2012, groups can submit their audition videos to www.humannaturelive.com/contest. Human Nature will then pick the top three submissions per selected tour stop and post the finalists’ videos for the public to vote. Fans, family and the public then determine who will open each show by adding “likes” or “thumbs up” for their favorite finalist. For a list of the cities and full contest rules, go to www.humannaturelive.com/contest.
With years of hard work, genuine talent and some luck, today, Human Nature is Australia’s leading pop vocal group, and one of the preeminent vocal harmony groups in the world. They have released nine albums (many containing their own original material), five of which went to No. 1 in their native continent, selling millions of records worldwide and garnering 23 platinum awards, 70 Top 40 hits and five Top 10 hits. The group has opened for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson in Europe and Australia. Their chart-topping Motown tribute, Reach Out, went five-times-platinum, attracting the attention of famed songwriter Smokey Robinson, who recorded his song “Get Ready” with them and presented them in an exclusive booking at Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace, where they have played six nights a week to sold-out crowds for the past two and a half years.
Their nationwide tour kicks off on March 24th in Detroit, the home of Motown in support of their new CD, THE MOTOWN RECORD, and DVD, HUMAN NATURE SINGS MOTOWN WITH SPECIAL GUEST SMOKEY ROBINSON.
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
HUMAN NATURE ANNOUNCE INAUGURAL U.S. TOUR
Multi-platinum Australian Pop Group Releases New Album
HUMAN NATURE, Australia’s #1 pop vocal group with millions of albums sold worldwide, is storming America with their first-ever U.S. National tour, a new album release, The Motown Record, a spectacular PBS TV Special and a new DVD.
The chart-topping quartet and their seven-piece band, The Funk Foundation, is embarking on a U.S. tour this spring. “Human Nature: The Motown Show presented by Smokey Robinson” kicks off March 24 in Detroit and will travel to 33 U.S. cities. This outstanding evening of hit-driven entertainment features Motown’s greatest music, inspiring audiences young and old to be “dancing in the streets” and the aisles. Tickets for all tour appearances go on sale to the public January 27. For complete tour schedule and ticket information, visit www.humannaturelive.com
This cross-country tour follows the incredible success of the TV special, “Human Nature Sings Motown with Special Guest Smokey Robinson,” which premiered in December 2011 on PBS stations nationwide.
The new Human Nature album, The Motown Record, (release date March 6, Universal Music Enterprises) is a classic yet modern take on the Motown hits that influenced generations, featuring songs originally made famous by artists like the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Human Nature brings their fresh soulful vocal style to classics like “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “My Girl,” “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),” and “Stop! In The Name Of Love.” Paying tribute to the Motown sound, Human Nature’s distinctive and authentic performances of these ever-popular favorites represent everything audiences love about the songs, delivered by four supremely talented young men who sing and dance their way through the Motown hit list.
Hailing from Sydney, Human Nature features brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney and fellow high-school classmates Phil Burton and Toby Allen. While still in school, they were captivated by the harmonies of soul, gospel and R&B. Since forming Human Nature, these four friends have forged one of the most successful careers in Australian music history, releasing nine albums, five of which went to No. 1. They have toured internationally, and opened for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson in Europe and Australia.
Human Nature opened the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and their 2005 Motown tribute, “Reach Out,” went platinum five times over, attracting the attention of Smokey Robinson. The legendary singer recorded “Get Ready” with Human Nature and now presents their celebration of the Motown sound in an exclusive run at Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace, where they consistently have played to sold-out crowds for more than two years. Their PBS special, a telecast of the group’s impressive show produced by longtime Grammy Awards and multi-Emmy Award winning producer Ken Ehrlich, features the group singing their spectacular interpretations of Motown hits, dancing and sharing stories that delight and entertain audiences.
Now, this international pop sensation embarks on their first-ever U.S. National tour, performing in 33 cities. Tickets for all performances will go on sale Friday, January 27, 2012.
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
2012 is already off to a crazy start, and we are just getting started!
After kicking off with a New Year’s Eve show back in Perth, we’re now back performing 5 nights a week in Vegas at the IP!
This spring is shaping up to be very exciting…
This March our newest album “The Motown Album” will be released in the US (available for preorder now by clicking here) and we are embarking on a 6 week tour – our very first headline tour in the United States!
Stay tuned for pre-sale and on sale information for our tour coming later this week!
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Today marks a very exciting day for Human Nature. Our brand new special “Human Nature Sings Motown with Special Guest Smokey Robinson” begins airing today in the US on PBS as part of their National Pledge Drive. We’ve listed air dates and times here on our website for all of the PBS stations that are airing the show over the next week or so. We are really proud of this special which was shot last July before a live audience by longtime Grammy® Awards producer, and our friend, Ken Ehrlich so we hope you tune in! We are actually going to be popping into a few PBS stations this week so we can be live on air during pledge breaks! We’re psyched to be part of the amazing talent line up on PBS, and we’re happy to help PBS in their fundraising efforts.
By pledging to your local PBS station you have the opportunity to get your hands on our brand new CD: Human Nature The Motown Record (before you can buy it this Spring) as well as our companion Live DVD featuring our friend Smokey. You can even pledge for tickets to see us perform live in a city near you this Spring before tickets go on sale to the general public on January 27th…which means you’ll get great seats through PBS! This will be our very first US Tour and we couldn’t be more excited. If you don’t see a city near you on our Tour Dates right now, don’t worry… We’ll be adding more dates for next Fall shortly, and don’t forget you can always see us in Vegas!
For all of our friends and fans back home in Australia – we’re missing you but looking forward to coming home for the Holidays in a few weeks. Don’t forget about spending New Year’s Eve with us in Perth! If you have family and friends here in the States, please tell them that we’re on PBS this week and to check us out!
Looking forward to seeing your comments on Facebook and Twitter!
More news to – so stay tuned! Love to all!!
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Welcome to HumanNatureLive.com
The official website of Human Nature
When we started off together 22 years ago it was the songs of Motown that brought us together. (Read our full bio by clicking here)
Now after years of touring in Australia, Europe and most recently headlining our own show on the Las Vegas strip for the past two and a half years, we are coming to a town near you!
Tune into your local PBS station to see our brand new special “Human Nature Sings Motown with Special Guest Smokey Robinson” beginning December 3rd. It’s such an honour for us to be on PBS, the station that’s brought you Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, David Foster and Friends, and so many more. It’s truly a dream come true.
Beginning March 24th, 2012 we will kick off our first North American tour in Detroit – the Motor City itself, and will tour through May 6th, hitting 34 cities along the way!
Click here to see a full list of tour dates. Be the first to get tickets to our tour by supporting your local PBS station this December. Tickets won’t go on sale to the public until January, so don’t miss out on the best seats through PBS. Fall dates will be added soon as well, so if you don’t see your city now, no worries, we’ll get there! We reckon our live show will have you up on your feet dancing and singing along, so get those dancing shoes ready!
For all our fans back home- we haven’t forgotten you! Make sure you check here regularly for updates on our plans for Australia over the next while. We’ll be back to spend New Years with you and promise we’ll be back soon enough after that!
Check back often to HumanNatureLive.com for tour updates, news, photos, Vegas updates, and info on our very exciting US record release, coming this March!
Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and help us spread the word that your favorite Aussies are coming to town!
Love to All,