Honey & the 45s






Honey& the 45s is a female-fronted soul/rock band known for its dynamite stage presence and soulful, jazz undertones. True to its roots, the band has been dubbed “The Sound of Chicago” – Nanobot Rock Reviews  


Songs from Honey’s debut album, The Need (September 2012) were remixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Fred Breitberg. In 2014, the band was awarded Best Blues/Jazz Band at the Chicago Independent Music Awards, and went on to open on the main stage for Cold War Kids at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in Chicago and Big Data in St. Louis. By the end of the year, the group had made its television debut; Honey’s live performance aired nationally in December 2014 on WGN, coinciding with the release of the band’s critically-acclaimed second album, MAD. A brazen, sultry music video accompanies MAD’s lead single, “Dark.”


 Honey & the 45s’ recordings have been in rotation on over 100 radio stations nationwide. The band has been featured in print, commercials, as entertainment for press conferences, and has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals and venues throughout Chicago and the Midwest. In 2015 through 2016: Honey opened for Smash Mouth in North Carolina, Andy Grammer in Chicago’s Grant Park, The Original Wailers at Navy Pier’s Lobsterfest, Eric Hutchinson in St. Louis, and was chosen as one of the top 3 National emerging artists to perform at Summeriest's Land The Big Gig. In 2017, Honey plans to release their new EP titled Speak, and continue to play favorite venues around Chicago and tour regionally. 




"Honey & the 45s combine the low-fi sonics of eighties punk, the gorgeous rolling cadences of seventies R&B, and the infectious hooks of sixties pop.  As whip smart as the lyrics are, the music itself is even better.” – Robert Rodi, New City Music

 “This five-piece is steered by the sweet-dripping vocals of Kristina Cottone. For a band that’s only been together for a few years, they sound like they’ve been mastering their craft and living their songs for a decade or two.” - Rob Ross, Pop Dose,

 “They have a way of making the genres of jazz, funk, and blues sound fresh and completely new, as if the band is introducing each style to their audience for the first time.” - Listen Here Reviews

 “A stellar set of seven songs that seamlessly weaves genres like rock, soul, jazz and blues, ultimately telling the story of a passionate group that wants more than just success.” - Chicago at Night, by Jim Ryan

 It is quite difficult to not be entranced in the unreal qualities of Honey & the 45s.  If they continue to produce even a percentage of the sound they achieved with Mad there is nothing that can hold this band back.  I can’t think of a better record to kick off the year.” - Greg Shaw, Nanobot Rock Reviews



Other Band Highlights:



  • Selected as one of the top three up-and-coming bands in the Nation and selected to perform at Milwaukee’s Summefest as part of Land the Big Gig on the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage 



  • Opening act for Andy Grammer in Chicagos's Grant Park
  • Opening act for Eric Hutchinson in St. Louis's Kauffman Park
  • MAD named top album of 2015 by Floorshime Zipper Boots
  • 2 Sofar Sounds live video performances
  • Release of music video, "Dark."



  • New album, MAD, critically acclaimed by New City, Nanobot Rock Reviews, PopDose, Convozine, Chicago Now, Floorshime Zipper Boots, Radio One Chicago, Midwest Action.
  • First national TV performance debut (WGN)
  • MAD album release show at Metro in Chicago
  • Awarded Best Blues/Jazz Act of the Year at the Chicago Independent Music Awards
  • Rock N’ Roll Marathon openers for both Cold War Kids and Big Data
  • Overfunded Kickstarter campaign goal to fund production of second album, which was released in December 2014
  • Exclusive performer at the Kia Chicago Auto Show premier event



  • Milwaukee Summerfest Emerging Artists Performance on the U.S. Cellular Stage
  • Champions of the “Battle For Catalano” battle of the bands
  • Debut album The Need songs remixed with Grammy-Award nominated engineer Fred Breitberg and ‘spun’ on over 100 radio stations nationwide
  • Appearance in a national commercial


2012 - 2014 Noteworthy Events:

  • Headliner performances at the Chicago House of Blues, Blueberry Hill, The Hard Rock Cafe, Cubby Bear, The Metro, Double Door, Lincoln Hall, BBs Jazz Blues and Soups, plus additional venues, festivals and regional club touring
  • In-studio performances and interviews on WGN Radio 720AM, WBEZ 91.5,
  • Vocalo, ALICE 97.7, WSUM 91.7, Chicago Acoustic Underground,
  • Fearless Radio, and more
  • Featured on Nanobot Rock Reviews, Southside On The Town, Chicago Music Guide, Vox Magazine, PopDose, Convozine, Chicago Now, Floorshine Zipper Boots, and The Edge.   The Edwardsville Intelligencer, LaSalle News Tribune, The Total Scene, “2 or 3 lines (and so much more),” Buzz News TV, Coffee & Wine Sessions