Runaway June

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Runaway June
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Runaway June performing at Jugfest in June 2017
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Years active2015–present
Past members
  • Hannah Mulholland

Runaway June is an American country music group consisting of vocalists Naomi Cooke, Jennifer Wayne, and Natalie Stovall. Cooke and Wayne founded the group in 2015 with third vocalist Hannah Mulholland, who left in 2020 and was replaced by Stovall. The group is signed to Wheelhouse Records, an imprint of Broken Bow Records. They were nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for Best New Vocal Group in 2018.[1]


Jennifer Wayne, a granddaughter of John Wayne, grew up in southern California, and Hannah Mulholland grew up in Los Angeles, California, while Naomi Cooke is from Cedar Key, Florida. Cooke co-wrote Tyler Farr's top 40 hit "Better in Boots". Wayne was originally one-third of the group Stealing Angels, and co-wrote Eric Paslay's top 20 hit "She Don't Love You" and Keith Urban's 2021 hit "Wild Hearts".[2] Cooke is the lead vocalist, Mulholland was the low harmony vocalist and mandolin player,[3] and Wayne is the high harmony vocalist and guitar player.[2]

The three met in Nashville and wrote their debut single "Lipstick" with assistance from Rebecca Lynn Howard, Caroline Hobby (also a former member of Stealing Angels), and Elisha Hoffman.[2] The song was released in 2016 via Broken Bow Records' Wheelhouse Records imprint. An uncredited review from Taste of Country praised the "original premise" and vocal harmonies.[4] They released their self-titled debut EP in September 2018,[5] which featured the singles "Wild West" and "Buy My Own Drinks."[6]

The group was a supporting act for Carrie Underwood on her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which ran from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019, alongside Maddie & Tae.[7] On May 23, 2019, the group announced their debut album Blue Roses, which was released on June 28, 2019.[8] "Buy My Own Drinks," which served as the lead-off single, is included on the album alongside three other songs from their previous EP release.[9] The album debuted at No. 36 on the Top Country Albums chart,[10] and No. 2 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[11]

On May 14, 2020, Mulholland announced that she was leaving the group.[12] The next day, the other two members confirmed that she was replaced by Natalie Stovall, former frontwoman of Natalie Stovall and the Drive, who also plays the fiddle for the group.[13]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Album details Peak chart



Blue Roses 36 2 10


Title Details
Runaway June[18]
  • Released: September 7, 2018
  • Label: Wheelhouse
  • Formats: CD, music download
When I Think About Christmas[19]
  • Released: October 16, 2020
  • Label: Wheelhouse
  • Formats: CD, music download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing relevant details
Title Year Peak chart positions Album



"Lipstick" 2016 37 28 Non-album single
"Wild West" 2017 47 36 Runaway June
"Buy My Own Drinks" 2018 88 17 8 15 Blue Roses
"Head over Heels" 2019 41
"We Were Rich" 2020 37
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing relevant details
Title Year Peak

"Sleigh Ride" 2020 45 When I Think About Christmas

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2016 "Lipstick" Jeffrey C. Phillips
2017 "Wild West" Gregory R. Alosio
2019 "Buy My Own Drinks" Peter Zavadil
"Buy My Own Drinks" (live) Justin Key
2020 "We Were Rich" P. Tracy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2018 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Themselves[1] Nominated
2019 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Buy My Own Drinks" [25] Nominated




  1. ^ a b "2018 Nominees - Academy Of Country Music Awards -". CBS. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Who's New: Runaway June". Nash Country Daily. June 6, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (August 30, 2016). "Country Trio Runaway June Talks Football Fandom, Family Ties to John Wayne & Those Inevitable Dixie Chicks Comparisons". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (May 20, 2016). "Runaway June - 'Lipstick'". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Despres, Tricia. "Runaway June Announces Plans for Their Self-Titled Debut EP". Taste of Country. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  6. ^ Konicki, Lisa (June 29, 2018). "[Listen] Runaway June's Catchy New Single "Buy My Own Drinks" Will Leave You Feeling Empowered". One Country.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Carrie Underwood Announces The Cry Pretty Tour 360 With All-Female Bill: See the Dates". Billboard. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  8. ^ Krol, Jacklyn. "Runaway June Announce Sophomore Album, 'Blue Roses'". Taste of Country. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  9. ^ Casey, Jim. "Runaway June Announces Release of Debut Album, "Blue Roses"". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Top Country Albums". Billboard. July 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. July 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Jim Casey (May 14, 2020). "Hannah Mulholland Departs Runaway June: "It Is Bittersweet, But I Am Excited to Continue to Evolve & Grow"". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Angela Stefano (May 15, 2020). "Natalie Stovall Joins Runaway June to Replace Hannah Mulholland". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Top Country Albums". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard.
  17. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 21, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 21, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "Runaway June – EP by Runaway June on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  20. ^ "Runaway June – Chart history (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Runaway June – Chart history (Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Runaway June – Chart history (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "Runaway June - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  24. ^ "Runaway June – Chart history (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  25. ^ Mitchell, Amanda. "Everything to Know About the CMT Awards, Country Music's Biggest Night". Oprah Mag. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  26. ^ Liptak, Carena. "Runaway June: Why All-Women Tour Lineups Shouldn't Be a Novelty". The Boot. Retrieved 26 May 2019.