We are absolutely thrilled to announce that special guests Southern Halo will be joining the lineup at the BCMA Awards 2017 in October. These ladies had a successful tour of the UK earlier this year with support from the likes of UK Country rockers Journey Home who were really pleased to part of the tour as these ladies rise in the US. Jonesy, lead singer of Journey Home said "It's always an honour to be asked to be part of a touring artists shows, especially when they've come over from the states. It was a real pleasure to perform for the girls and they absolutely smashed their set in Nottingham."
A bit more about Southern Halo:
The Mississippi Delta is revered as the birthplace of the Blues and Rock & Roll. Soon, it will also be recognized as the home of Southern Halo, a soulful sister trio hailing from the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. Growing up in an area so rich in musical history had its benefits for Natalia, Christina and Hannah Morris: a close-knit family nurtured the girls love of music and community support helped boost the siblings’ confidence. Their first live performance was in Cleveland - at a local restaurant - when Hannah, the youngest, was just nine years old.
In the years since that performance, Southern Halo has crafted a signature sound that is a blend of classic Country and “Pop Country” with a dash of Southern Rock or CPR: Country/Pop/Rock. It’s youthful, energetic music - made immediately recognizable by the sweet sibling harmonies that have become Southern Halo’s trademark. The girls lay it all out on the line during their high-energy stage shows, honing their chops as openers for top-tier acts Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay, Maren Morris, Love and Theft, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, John Michael Montgomery, Parmalee, Old Dominion, Jamie Lynn Spears, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Julie Roberts, American Young and B.B. King.
The stars aligned for the three sisters in 2014 when Southern Halo made the National finals of the Texaco Country Showdown at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium® and recorded their first EP with Alabama’s Jeff Cook. Their current CD, SOUTHERN HALO, was produced by SESAC's 2012 Writer of the Year Catt Gravitt (Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen) and Gerald O'Brien (writer of hits for Martina McBride, Trace Adkins).
With the release of SOUTHERN HALO, the band’s career took off – and the trio’s popularity continues to grow exponentially. Last year they made their CMA Music Festival debut with appearances on two separate stages, were named Nashville Universe’s Vocal Group of the Year 2016, performed at an elite pre-GRAMMY Awards show on the rooftop terrace of the GRAMMY Museum ® at LA Live in Los Angeles, launched Townsquare Media's "Say It With Pepsi" Concert Series, and performed during the syndicated 63rd Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade television show. Partnerships were forged with Gibson Guitar, Claire’s, Vietti Chili and Radio Disney Country, and the siblings now host a weekly radio show, Hangin’ With Halo, stateside (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi) on powerhouse WDMS-FM and globally on CMR Nashville.
Southern Halo is featured in the popular book, Mojo Triangle Travel Guide, by acclaimed author Mardi Allen (Sartoris Literary Group), and their music videos can be seen on Radio Country Disney, CMT, MTV and The Country Network. “We’re still learning and we know it,” admits Natalia, who’s written with Mike Daly (Jason Mraz, Alanis Morissette), Catt Gravitt, and others. “We’re working hard and having a blast. This is what we all want – and we understand it has to be earned.” At 19, Natalia (pronounced Na ta Lee’ Ya) is the trio’s lead vocalist, primary songwriter, guitarist and principal spokesperson. Although when the sisters are together the words flow quickly from all three.
The music flows as well: their current, self-titled CD is a mix of tempos and attitudes: happiness exudes from the grooves, and even heartache is uplifted by lively rhythmic treatments. MusicRow’s Robert K. Oermann says the sisters “harmonize like angels.” The band’s hypnotically-upbeat Country radio debut, “Little White Dress,” caught the attention of U.S. radio and press and launched them to stardom in Europe; the track spent an incredible eight weeks at #1 on the International Hotdisc Chart. Their sophomore single, “Rewind,” was a U.S. Top 40 MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart hit that also held the #1 spot on the Hotdisc Chart for two weeks. Southern Halo’s current single, “Living Like That,” appears poised to follow the success of their earlier releases.
“It’s been kind of insane,” confesses 18-year-old “wild child” drummer Christina. “We play out as much as we can, from coffee bars to big festivals to little listening rooms. Basically, we’re on stage as much as possible, but our biggest thrill to date was playing the Ryman Auditorium.”
For 16-year-old bassist Hannah the road is a way a life she embraces. The laid-back, free-spirited “baby” of the family can’t imagine life without music. “We’re in this together,” she says reflectively. “We don’t attend regular classes; we study intensively online. Everything is geared to give us more time to work on the music.”
No one can say the girls aren’t “working it.” The Southern Halo schedule is a busy one that includes band practice, writing sessions, tour dates, photo and video shoots, and more. Musical tastes differ – even among sisters, and with a range of influences that runs the gamut from Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Justin Timberlake (Natalia) to Dave Grohl and Pink (Christina) to Selena Gomez and The Weeknd
(Hannah), the creative forces in play are diverse. Compromise is key, but the sisters are passionate in their opinions, and that energy comes across in their music.
The girls love to play – onstage and off – while managing to live a basic teenage “experience.” Time is spent with family and friends, studying, and caring for a menagerie that includes horses, dogs, cats, ducks, numerous fish, and a hamster. Natalia enjoys running, while Christina loves to fish and go “mudding.” Hannah is an experienced equestrian who loves Hunter Jumpers. If music were off the table? “Nata” would be a songwriter or lawyer, “Tinka” would wrestle alligators and Hannah would become a veterinarian.
In the meantime, compromise and balance carry the day – allowing Southern Halo to keep reaching for those perfectly-aligned stars.