Thursday, August 22, 2013
Gloriana is not the name of a female vocalist or a semiprofessional group of Christmas carolers.
Gloriana is a country band, one that is opening for country artist Craig Morgan on Aug. 28 at the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days.
Gloriana is Rachel Reinert and brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, who formed the band in 2006. In 2009, they accompanied Taylor Swift, opening for her “Fearless” tour.
For the last concert the trio played before that tour, they were paid in chicken wings.
But now they are playing for bigger venues, bigger crowds.
And they don’t miss getting paid in poultry.
“Those days are long behind us,” Reinert said in a telephone interview.
“You know a lot of what we did in the very beginning was a bonding experience for us, traveling around the country, being green, playing gigs. But for us it is about looking forward.”
Now the band is bonded.
“We are all like family, like brother and sister,” she said. “I don’t ever feel left out. We are all really close.”
The Gossin brothers were born in Utica, N.Y. Music was a very important aspect of their family’s household, and as children, the boys took classical piano lessons.
According to Gloriana’s website, the boys’ father was always looking for the perfect song to accompany any given occasion.
Tom Gossin majored in guitar at the University of North Carolina, but dropped out. Mike Gossin moved to Wilmington, N.C., to follow his brother after high school.
The two later moved to Nashville and began playing as a duo.
Reinert was born in Sarasota, Fla., and went to high school in Santa Ana, Calif.
She attended performing arts school and later began playing guitar and turning her poetry into songs.
After high school, she moved to Nashville to work on songwriting.
The Gossin brothers found Reinert through her MySpace page. With the Gossins on vocals and guitar and Reinert on vocals and tambourine, the band was formed.
With two brothers and a female vocalist, Gloriana is sometimes compared to The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.
In Reinert’s opinion, those comparisons are flattering because those bands are made of “really great musicians.”
“It’s truly a compliment,” she said.
And like those groups, Gloriana is no stranger to awards and national charts.
The trio’s first, self-titled album released in August 2009, including the debut single “Wild at Heart,” peaked at No. 2 on Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
In 2009 Gloriana won the American Music Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and in 2010 they won the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group award.
In 2011 the band released the single “Wanna Take You Home,” a precursor to the album “A Thousand Miles Left Behind.” The single became the group’s fourth Top 40 hit.
In October 2011 the band released a second single from the album, “(Kissed You) Good Night,” and the album was released in July 2012.
Two months later Gloriana released its third single, “Can’t Shake You.”
Since then the band has been on the concert track, touring in back-to-back gigs around the U.S. from one state to the next and playing almost every day.
This month alone the band will play 13 shows in seven different states, playing in Washington and Colorado in the beginning of the month and then returning to play Washington and Colorado at the end of the month after performing in Illinois and Iowa and other Midwest states.
It’s a rigorous schedule that cuts into time to write new material.
“I’ve had three other interviews back-to-back today,” Reinert said. “Then we have sound checks, shows, signings and meet and greets — I try fitting in getting a workout at the gym. It’s really hard to have time to get creative being so busy.
Foraging is also part of life on tour. Unfortunately, Reinert says there is no Iron Chef on the bus.
“No, I wish. I try to be as healthy as I possibly can,” she said.
“Most days you don’t know what is going to be around.”
Reinert says the band has been thinking about its next album.
“We want to bring back up-tempo energetic, fun, grown-up versions of ourselves. We are constantly evolving.”