From the outset, Gloriana has been winning supporters at all levels from Grammy-winning producer/label owner Matt Serletic and premiere Nashville songwriter Jeffrey Steele to the fans who've already had the chance to experience them live. Their self-titled debut album reflects both the sheer talent of its members and the level of commitment they have put into making every note count.
Gloriana got its start in the winter of 2007, when brothers Tom and Mike, who had moved to Nashville after sweating it out in clubs in North Carolina, discovered Rachel.
"We had never combined our duo with a female voice before," says Mike, "but singing with her gave us that high harmony and opened us up to something new.”
It wasn’t long after seeing the group perform at 3rd and Lindsley that Cheyenne fell in love with Gloriana. “When I saw them perform for the first time, it renewed my passion for music,” said Cheyenne. So immediately after the show, she asked the trio if she could get together with them and jam. When they did, it was magic.
"The three of us definitely felt we had something special," says Rachel, "but when Cheyenne came into the picture, the four-part harmony completed us. Her skills on the mandolin, combined with the guys’ guitar talent helped us to replicate the group’s live sound. It felt complete.”
From that point on, commitment was everything. "We spent the next six months getting our songs and our live sound together," says Tom. "We accomplished a lot, working non-stop, playing shows, making sure we were tight and ready to go."
The band sent a demo to Emblem Music Group, the new label founded by Matt Serletic, known for his work with Willie Nelson and Matchbox Twenty, among many others. Emblem is an evolution of Melisma Records, Serletic’s Diamond and multi-Platinum award-winning label, with over 50 million album sales to its credit.
“The first time I heard Gloriana I was blown away,” says Serletic. “I don’t think that I’ve ever heard four distinctive, powerful singers combine to create such a unique, fresh sound. These talented young musicians were meant to make music together.”
An intense creative process got underway. “Emblem helped to introduce us to some of the best that Nashville has to offer,” says Rachel. Serletic began writing with one of Nashville’s finest songwriters, Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, etc.) and co-wrote their high-energy debut single “Wild At Heart” with Josh Kear and Stephanie Bentley. At the same time Gloriana was collaborating with a talented array of Nashville songwriters including Trey Bruce, Kyle Cook, Ben Glover, Chuck Jones, Kevin Kadish, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Danny Myrick.
The band members moved in together and secluded themselves to begin making their mark on the songs. “We spent an intense month putting our stamp on the songs," says Tom. "In our minds it’s critical; it’s what makes the music authentic, heartfelt and true.”
One at a time, they worked up songs, and performed them before the best critics that any artist has…the fans.
“Playing for a live audience helped us to know what worked and what didn’t work,” said Cheyenne. “It really was valuable to do that before entering the studio.”
“By the time we went into the studio we knew exactly what we were doing and how we wanted the songs to sound,” adds Rachel. “Guess you could say that the fans helped us to make this record.”
That sense of assurance and the hard work they put in are evident in every track of their debut CD. The feels vary from “The Way It Goes” and “How Far Do You Wanna Go?,” which display the four-part harmonies, energy and big sound that make the group so exciting on stage, to “Lead Me On” and “All The Things (That Mean The Most),” songs whose passion and intimacy are undeniable.
“I know how much music has impacted all of our lives,” said Tom. “It connects us all, it moves us and it can change a person,” added Mike. “We hope that our music will do that for others for a long time to come.”