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Gloriana “Wild” About Follow-Up Opportunity

Gloriana photo courtesy of Emblem Records.

Thanks to the single “Wild At Heart” and an opening slot on the Taylor Swift Fearless Tour, Gloriana built quite a strong foundation in the last couple years as a new country band.

The song’s harmonies and its catchy melody definitely caught on — “Wild At Heart” was certified gold just last month.

With that success behind them, the four members — Cheyenne Kimball, Rachel Reinert and brothers Tom and Mike Gossin — started writing songs on Tuesday for the next album. Despite the attention they’ve gotten, they’re feeling no pressure to duplicate or exceed the last one. In fact, they’re itching to see what kind of changes they can make to their core sound.

“We’re happy to be able to evolve, and we all have a really good grasp on what we want the next record to sound like,” Cheyenne insists. “There’s total room to grow. We’re doing a slow build, and we’re really happy with that. We feel blessed to have gotten this far, but we hope we can keep pushing it further with each record we put out. ‘Cause we really want longevity. We wanna be out there for a while.”

Gloriana is taking a unique approach to writing for the next album by splitting up and ganging up at the same time. They gathered a bunch of songwriters for their writing sessions Tuesday, then went into four different rooms in the same building to come up with material. Each Gloriana member went separately to write at the same time with the other composers, giving them a chance to express themselves individually.

“We kind of picked, I think it was 10 or 12 people that we really felt like got our vibe and were interested in working with us,” Tom says. “We basically break off into a bunch of different rooms in groups of three and write songs all day. That’s how we did the last record, too. We feel like that’s a really great way to get everybody’s vibe mixed and kind of get a new sound happening.”

“It’s four very different people, and we have four very different vibes, and so it’s great for us to kind of branch off and go and be able to express that with different co-writers,” Rachel adds. “We still write together as well.”

It’s not like that’s a totally brand new idea. Classic rock bands such as the Beatles, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac all relied on multiple writing voices to come up with their material. But they rarely approached the process as formally as Gloriana has in setting group appointments to write separately.

“We are a team and a family, and like Rachel was just saying, we all bring something different to the table,” Mike notes. “If we all write a song together, you may get one thing, but if you put one person with a couple different songwriters, you get different tastes of different flavors. I think that’s what keeps the record interesting — to not have just one sound. You have four different singers, you have four different songs, but they all go together as one.”

Taking time to write new material will not stop the band’s tour plans. Gloriana is off this weekend, but it returns to the road next week with a swing through the northeast that has the quartet in Ocean City, Md.; Mt. Laurel, N.J.; Columbia, Md.; and Bloomsburg, Pa.

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