Tag: Something To Hope For

Cheer Up – (Official Video) and The Story of The Undeserving

The Story of The UNDESERVING

The Undeserving… is a four-piece rock, alternative, acoustic band from Fremont, OH.   Brothers Clay and Kyle Kirchenbauer grew up around music and were encouraged to play from a young age.   While participating in a music class at his local community college, Clay met guitarist Brennan Willis who was pursuing a career in production at the time.  Through a series of events, Brennan and Clay came to the conclusion that they wanted to create music together and recruited Clay’s brother Kyle to play drums and their friend Jimmie Getty to play bass. They began writing songs and playing local gigs but wanted to reach beyond their Northwestern Ohio roots.

Since that formation in 2005, The Undeserving’s music has indeed taken them far beyond the boundaries of their quaint NW Ohio town of Fremont, Ohio.  After a lot of hard work, labels caught wind of The Undeserving and began vying to sign them. Ultimately, Kevin Law, the force behind mulit-platinum artist Nelly, caught the band’s eye. They signed with Warner Bros. Records.

Ready to get things going, The Undeserving returned to Nashville to record and fine tune their record.   The band joined Secondhand Serenade and Safetysuit on part of their American tour.   Upon completing their project, Warner Bro’s Records went to work on promoting the band by placing their music in popular TV shows.

In 2010, The Undeserving released their first single... “Something to Hope For”.

The small town band experienced huge success in the media with their hit single “Something to Hope For.” The song has been heard across television sets: on the ad campaign for Season 9 of American Idol and throughout Season 10, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, I Used to be Fat  Celebrity Rehab and the CNN Red Cross special for the Haiti Relief Effort.  In addition, their single “There For You” was featured in a month-long campaign for CBS’ Blue Bloods, Disappeared  and the season finale of Ghost Whisperer.  It also has over 1 million plays on their MY SPACE site.   (Click Here)

“Something To Hope For” and “There For You” are featured on The Undeserving’s debut album, “Almost Alive”, which released on September 6th, 2011.  The album was mixed by Grammy Award winning  Michael Brauer (previous clientele include: Coldplay,  The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, John Mayer and The Fray).

In the Spring of 2012, Brennan Willis left the band to focus on producing and recording new artists.   A long time friend of the band, Matt Grabowski was brought on as his replacement.

The band is currently putting finishing touches on a new EP, which will be released before the end of 2012.   All of their music is available on ITUNES.

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Haiti Relief PSA – Featuring The Undeserving (As seen on CNN)

We are proud to have donated our song, “Something to Hope For” for this CNN public service announcement.

Visit CNN.com/Impact to find out how you can help the people of Haiti.

The Undeserving Featured in American Idol Commercial

American Idol returns for its much-anticipated ninth season in January 2010.  Television’s No. 1 hit series empowers contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be America’s next singing superstar. This new season promises to deliver amazing, undiscovered talent with plenty of surprises along the way.

One surprise came as an early Christmas present for the band The Undeserving that hail from a small town in Northwest Ohio.   Forming in 2004, The Undeserving (Clay Kirchenbauer – lead vocals/guitar/piano, Kyle Kirchenbauer – drums, J. Brennan Willis – lead guitar/ backing vocals, and Jimmie Getty – bass) have advanced far beyond their years since their beginnings.  The band’s first recording project is almost complete with an anticipated early 2010 release.



Backing the video is the track  “Something to Hope For”.  Debuting on the finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” , the commercial is to be used for the next three weeks, promoting the premiere of American Idol’s upcoming ninth season.

Many in Northwest Ohio are very proud of the band and it looks like all the hard work is paying off.  It is good to see really good people get a chance to do what they really love.   I personally am very proud because the lead singer is my son-in-law.  I wish you guys the best and hope that all your dreams come true.