Gloriana releases A Thousand Miles Left Behind, the band’s sophomore album, on July 31. It’s the followup to Gloriana’s self-titled 2009 debut. That CD reached number two on Billboard’s Hot Country album chart and led to the band winning breakthrough artist of the year at the 2009 American Music Awards. As well, Gloriana was voted top new vocal group that year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Gloriana’s success led to the band spending two years on the road, performing in front of millions. They toured with Taylor Swift and opened shows for artists such as Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and the Zac Brown Band. However, there was a downside to their meteoric rise. Gloriana lost a band member last summer when Cheyenne Kimball announced via Twitter that she was leaving the group – without first notifying her bandmates.
Now the trio of Rachel Reinert and brothers Tom and Mike Gossin are prepared to unveil Gloriana’s new material. “We’ve grown up a lot as a band and have really honed in on our skills and found our sound,” Mike said in the band’s press release. “On this record, we wanted to tell stories and I think people will be able to relate to a lot of these songs because they’re honest and come from a place that’s real,” added Reinert.
“(Kissed You) Good Night,” the latest single from A Thousand Miles Left Behind, has already been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. It’s also Gloriana’s first single to hit top 10 on Billboard, and it is the fastest-rising single of the band’s career. It’s one of the songs on the album that will tug at the listener’s heart. The other tracks in that vein are “Can’t Shake You,” “Turn My World Around,” “Soldier Song” and “Carolina Rose.”
The album was produced by Matt Serletic, and the members of Gloriana were involved in the writing of all the tracks on the album. The band worked with some of Nashville’s best songwriters, including Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, James Slater, Danny Myrick and Stephanie Bentley – all writers who are behind songs for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The band is currently on tour until the beginning of October. “Like any new act, we were finding ourselves on the first record — in the recording process and as musicians,” Tom noted. “The new album really just feels like us, who and where we are now, to the point where we know exactly what we want to do and how to get there.”
on Jul 12, 2012