Viral sensation T.3—which comprises musical theatre actors Liam Fennecken (School of Rock), Jim Hogan (Kimberly Akimbo), and Brendan Jacob Smith (The Simon and Garfunkel Story)—will release an EP titled Option Up December 8. The first single, "Dilly Dilly," will release October 27, but you can get a first listen to the track above.
The EP follows a number of independent releases on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, which garnered them hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views.
The group will celebrate the release with an eight-city national tour. With dates running December 8-18, performances are scheduled in St. Louis, Missouri; Carmel, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City; and Boston, Massachusetts. Find a full touring schedule and ticketing links at T3Official.com.
“‘Dilly Dilly’ is the first original song we’ve released, and it’s the first with instrumental accompaniment. So our goal is to show our listeners that we’re moving in a direction they haven’t heard from us—while remaining true to our tight harmony roots. Think of this song as Jonas Brothers meets Eric Whitacre, Katy Perry meets Barbra Streisand, and Pasek & Paul meets Rascal Flatts. We wanted to create something exciting and joyful that makes the audience want to get up and dance!," says Hogan, currently a standby in Broadway's Kimberly Akimbo.
“I wrote the song’s chorus while performing in the national tour of Sara Bareilles’ Broadway musical Waitress,” Hogan continues. “I had been touring for over two years at that point and… touring is tough! You have this bittersweet feeling of loving what you do, while constantly moving from place to place and not having a true sense of home. But at the end of the day, home doesn’t have to be a place so much as the people who give you purpose and meaning. ‘Dilly Dilly’ is about loving the ones closest to you despite circumstances outside your control.”