This year, Train wasn’t just making music, they were expanding their brand.

Sure they released their album California 37 back in April and spent a lot of the year showing off their acting skills in videos like their first single “Drive By” and “Bruises,” which marked their foray into country.

Most notably they showed their chops alongside David “The Hoff” Hasslehoff  and a mariachi band in “50 Ways To Say Goodbye.”

But they also broadened their horizons and started performing marriages.

Yes, drummer Scott Underwood officially became an ordained minister thanks to the Universal Life Church, an online ministry that has certified over 20 million ministers worldwide, and was able to marry couples right onstage with the band as they sang “Marry Me.”

In 2012, the guys also tried to satisfy the sweet tooth of their many fans.

The trio released their fourth wine, Hella Fine Merlot, named after a line in their 2009 song “Save Me, San Francisco.” Their latest wine from their Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company was inspired by  “the intensity and greatness” of Mavericks, one of the most iconic big wave surf areas in the United States.

And Pat Monahan and the guys even released a line of chocolate with help from Ghirardelli. The band released their “Save Me, San Francisco” chocolate bars— named after his band’s chart-topping album and single– in three flavors: sea salt almond, 72% cacao dark and dark cabernet.

Both their wine and the chocolate help Train’s philanthropy efforts, which this year included helping those in New Jersey struggling after Hurricane Sandy, with proceeds going to the Family House charity, which provides housing to families with seriously ill children.

Still not interested in listening to Train’s latest album? Well maybe you’ll listen to Kanye West, who early on in his career let the band know he was a fan.

“He actually paid us a huge compliment when he was in his second year or third year,” Monahan told Mix 106.5. “He said that he watched us on the Grammy’s and when he saw us perform ‘Drops Of Jupiter,’ he said, ‘That’s what it’s all about, I gotta get there.’  So I thought that was a really cool thing.”

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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