Gloriana sets August for CD release
Thursday, June 4, 2009
– With a single now in the top 20, Gloriana is set to release its self-titled debut Aug. 4 on Emblem/Warner.
The 13-track album was produced by Emblem Music Group label owner Matt Serletic (Rob Thomas, Willie Nelson, and Aerosmith). The album includes their Top 20 hit single Wild At Heart, the best selling single from a new country act in 2009. This week the single landed at 98 on the Top 200 Digital Singles Chart having sold nearly 100,000 copies to date.
The quartet has opened for Taylor Swift on her "Fearless 2009 Tour." They've also celebrated a Top 5 debut on the iTunes Country Album chart for their four-song digital collection "The Way It Goes" and their debut music video for Wild At Heart.
Gloriana's soaring four part harmonies recall The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. The group formed when brothers Tom Gossin (27) and Mike Gossin (24) moved to Nashville in the winter of 2008 and began collaborating with Rachel Reinert (19) and Cheyenne Kimball (18). After a few jam sessions, they decided to form a group. Before they had a name, they toured the southeast, playing for free and coming up with different band names each night. Their first recordings found their way to Serletic. He co-wrote and produced the band's album.
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Why did Cheyenne Kimball leave? It's the question Gloriana fans want answered: country music's "Who Shot JR?" And even the remaining band members may not know. What's for certain is that Kimball, the multi-threat 22-year-old vocalist, reportedly just stopped showing up for Gloriana tour dates. A few tweets later, the bridges were burned, right on the verge of this record's release. The bandmates went into revisionist mode, expunging all traces of their former ...
It is interesting that Gloriana shares its name with a 1953 English opera, as they sound much the same --powerful, scripted and slightly overdramatic. The group's tight-knit harmonies are the crux of this 13-track album; they gorgeously weave and contrast strong 2-, 3- and 4-parts into almost every verse. Occasionally the group over sings, but then, they are fighting to be heard over layers of unneeded production.
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