Gloriana at Walmart Soundcheck, August 2012. L-R: Rachel Reinert, Tom Gossin, Mike Gossin
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Associated acts||Matt Serletic, Taylor Swift|
Gloriana is an American country music group founded in 2008. It is currently composed of brothers Tom Gossin and Mike Gossin (vocals, guitar); Cheyenne Kimball, who recorded one album for Daylight Records in 2006, was the group's mandolinist until her 2011 departure, and Rachel Reinert who was one of the group's two lead vocalists until her 2016 departure. Gloriana released its debut single "Wild at Heart" in February 2009, which was a Top 15 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The group's self-titled debut album, Gloriana, was released on August 4, 2009. Their second album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind (2012), produced their first Top 10 country hit, peaking at number 2, and first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in "(Kissed You) Good Night".
Brothers Tom and Mike Gossin were born in Utica, New York. They both took classical piano lessons from age 5. At 10, Tom began studying jazz with a local jazz musician and at 12, he began to play the guitar. Tom, along with third Gossin brother Stephen, founded their own band "Oblique" in high school. Stephen and Tom later moved to Wilmington, North Carolina together, where they attended University of North Carolina at Wilmington, with Tom majoring in guitar. After a professor suggested that he pursue songwriting and performing, Tom dropped out of the university and started playing music and selling independent records at gigs he played. Mike learned drums at age 8 and, like Tom, started playing guitar at 12. He moved to Wilmington after high school to join Tom there. He joined a group with Tom and Stephen during which time they filmed a reality series that did not last long. Tom and Mike moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where they began performing as a duo.
Rachel Reinert was born in Sarasota, Florida, and lived in Marietta, Georgia before moving to Santa Ana, California with her family at age 6. She attended the Orange County School of the Arts , a charter performing arts school, where she studied musical theatre from 7th to 10th grade. She started playing the guitar and turning her poetry into songs at age 14. With a teacher's help, she began recording demos, and was signed to a publishing deal out of Nashville at age 15. She graduated high school through independent study and moved to Nashville when she turned 16, and was working on her songwriting skills when she met the Gossins, who found her through her MySpace page.
The group's fourth and final member, Cheyenne Kimball, was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina but raised in Frisco, Texas. A performer by age 10, she entered the television talent show America's Most Talented Kid, and won the show's top honor at age 12. One year after her win, Kimball recorded a solo album on Epic Records. This album included songs that she had written with John Rich of Big & Rich, whom she met after a trip to Nashville. When Cheyenne was in her late teens she had a reality show on MTV that lasted one season. She joined the Gossin brothers and Reinert after meeting them in a nightclub, and the four members began writing songs and performing together.
Once the four members of Gloriana were in place, they began recording demos, and sent one to Emblem Records, a label owned by Matt Serletic, a record producer who has worked with Matchbox 20. The four members worked with Serletic, and Nashville songwriters such as Jeffrey Steele, Brett James and Wayne Kirkpatrick, among others. By February the group had signed with the label but had not yet come up with a name.
In early 2009, the group released its debut single "Wild at Heart", which Serletic wrote with Josh Kear and Stephanie Bentley, another former Epic artist. It became the highest-selling country music debut single of 2009. The group also signed to Taylor Swift's 2009-2010 Fearless tour. In May 2009, Gloriana released a four-song digital EP, comprising "Wild at Heart" and three other songs from the album. On August 4, 2009, the band released its self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 2 on Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200, shortly before "Wild at Heart" peaked at No. 15. The album's second single, "How Far Do You Wanna Go?", was released in September. The band won the American Music Award's Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2009. It was announced on March 16, 2010 that the group had won the 2010 Academy of Country Music's Top New Vocal Group award. On August 18, 2010, "Wild at Heart" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
A third single, "The World Is Ours Tonight," debuted in early 2010. It was included on a March 2010 reissue of the band's debut album.
2011–2013: A Thousand Miles Left Behind
In early 2011, the group announced the release of a new single, "Wanna Take You Home", which acted as the lead-off single to their second studio album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind. "Wanna Take You Home" was released to country radio on 28 March 2011, and went on to become the group's fourth Top 40 hit. On 11 July 2011, Gloriana announced the departure of Cheyenne Kimball. The band found out about Kimball's plan to leave via Twitter. They continued working on their second album without Kimball, although she still appears in the "Wanna Take You Home" music video. The song's music video, directed by TK McKamy, was shot over the course of several days at a private residence outside of Nashville.
On October 4, 2011, Gloriana released their second single from the album, "(Kissed You) Good Night," on their official website. On 13 January 2012, the music video for "(Kissed You) Good Night" premiered on ABC Family. On May 20, 2012, the band performed their single "(Kissed You) Good Night" on the television show The Bachelorette. On 31 July 2012, the album was released On September 10, 2012, the album's third single, "Can't Shake You", was released. The single was featured on the season 2 finale of The CW's Hart of Dixie with the band guest starring as themselves.
The group released a new single, "Best Night Ever," in February 2014, and it went on to be a minor Top 40 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. It was followed later in the year by "Trouble," which reached a peak of number 24 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and served as the lead-off single to Gloriana's third studio album, Three, which was released on June 2, 2015. The album produced no other singles, and in January 2016, Reinert announced her departure from the band.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|A Thousand Miles Left Behind||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|The Way It Goes (EP)||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|US Country Airplay
|2009||"Wild at Heart"||15||—||53||—||Gloriana|
|"How Far Do You Wanna Go?"||36||—||—||—|
|2010||"The World Is Ours Tonight"||37||—||—||—|
|2011||"Wanna Take You Home"||34||—||—||—||A Thousand Miles Left Behind|
|"(Kissed You) Good Night"||2||—||34||60||
|2012||"Can't Shake You"||20||16||83||—|
|2014||"Best Night Ever"||46||37||—||—||N/A|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2009||"Wild at Heart"||Elliott Lester|
|"The Way It Goes"||Chad Denning|
|"How Far Do You Wanna Go?"||Kristin Barlowe|
|"Silent Night"||Eric Welch|
|2010||"The World Is Ours Tonight"||Shawn Robbins|
|2011||"Wanna Take You Home"||TK McKamy|
|"(Kissed You) Good Night"|
|2012||"Can't Shake You"|
Awards and nominations
|2009||CMT Music Awards||Group Video of the Year — "Wild at Heart"||Nominated|
|USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year — "Wild at Heart"||Nominated|
|Nationwide On Your Side Award||Won|
|American Music Awards||Breakthrough Artist of the Year||Won|
|2010||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top New Vocal Group||Won|
|Top New Artist||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Group Video of the Year - How Far Do You Wanna Go?||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Country Group||Nominated|
|2012||American Country Awards||Artist of the Year: Breakthrough ||Nominated|
|Single of the Year: Breakthrough — "(Kissed You) Good Night"||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration — "(Kissed You) Good Night"||Nominated|
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