Southern Halo Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
We decided that we wanted a career in music as soon as we stepped foot on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium. We were around the ages 13, 14 and 16, and at the time just playing shows around our hometown for fun. We came across the Texas Country Showdown competition as they were holding tryouts close to our hometown, so we gave it a shot and ended up performing as finalists at the historical Ryman! That moment was so spine chilling—so inspirational that we knew we wanted to play music for the rest of our lives.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Natalia: My main musical inspirations include Prince, Taylor Swift and Vince Gill. I really aspire to be like these great artists because of the way they show and share their passion for music with their audience. Great songwriters, gifted artists and mind- blowing entertainers!
Christina: Since I’m basically the rocker of the group, of course my main influences include Dave Grohl, Bryan Adams and Tom Petty.
Hannah: Some of my musical inspirations come from bands, so my particular favourites are Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant and The Neighborhood.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Natalia: I am such a workout/health nut. Every morning—whether we are on the road or at home—I do an hour of yoga or some form of exercise to start my day. Another thing people may not know about me is that I fully play up the “big sister” role. Having two little sisters, I am constantly making sure that I set good examples, give great advice and be someone they can come to for anything! Oh, and I can also wiggle my ears—ha ha!
Christina: I love to bake healthy treats, going on any outdoor activity, and I would love to own a zoo one day because of the insanely large love I have for animals!
Hannah: I love riding horses, I can make some AMAZING banana nut bread, and I’m actually the witty one in the bunch!
What song of yours best describes you and why?
We would all have to say that the song “My Girls & Me” from our Just Like In The Movies album describes us very well. It basically is a run-down of how we do things in Southern Halo!
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
To date, performing at the B100 Birthday Party in South Bend, IN was awesome! There were about 35,000 people there!
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
We would love to perform at Stage Coach sometime! We love any kind of music festival but think that Stage Coach would be a super cool experience! Country music fans are the BEST!
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
Of course, our current biggest achievement is our brand-new album Just Like In The Movies! This album has been a huge stepping stone for us in our career and cannot wait to see what door it opens next—maybe our next biggest achievement!
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
One time we performed at the Wildhorse Saloon for the Nashville Universe Awards in Nashville, TN, and we were having too much fun during the show that Natalia ripped one of her earrings straight out of her ear during the show!! The show continued on and the rest of us didn’t even know what happened until after the show. Luckily our Dad is a doctor, so he stitched her ear right back up later that night!
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
The ultimate best part about being a musician is getting to be as creative and spontaneous as you want, and then have the ability to share how you feel to someone. No matter who you are or where you are in the world, music truly is the best language to connect with others.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
We would always be playing music, whether as session musicians, touring acts, or even just songwriters. We’ve talked about one day in the future–when we’re in our 40’s or 50s—about being our own label for other artists! Music has been in our lives for as long as we can remember and we would love to continue to be in this business no matter what.
What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?
We saw P!NK in Atlanta, GA and were absolutely blown away! That girl can do somersaults in the air above the crowd and STILL sing her heart out. She’s so talented. As far as country music goes, watching Alabama play at CMA Fest—especially after having personally gotten to know Jeff Cook and then watching him blow everyone away on stage!
What would your ideal festival line-up be and why?
It’d be great to have Old Dominion, Love and Theft, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and usThat would be AWESOME.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
We’ve always been told, even as little girls, “never forget your roots” and “be yourselves.” After traveling as much as we have in the past few months, we now see how important that advice is. We are who we are based on our upbringing, our friends and family, and our hometown. If you lose that appreciation and love, what are you left with?
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
We LOVE coming back home to the Delta and hanging out with all of our friends and family! Socializing is one of the many things we love to do, and nothing is better than sitting around and catching up with friends and family members that you haven’t seen in a while.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry and how do you cope with using social media to build a profile in music?
In our opinion, social media is great for marketing towards your specific target market, to meet new fans and get your music in front of a larger audience. Using the internet is also a great way to instantly connect with your fans.
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
Ha ha—no tattoos here!
What would your ideal day consist of?
Our ideal day is pretty busy! Whether we are on or off the road, we all get up at 5:00 am and do our morning routines. We do our vocal warm ups, practice our crafts either in the band room or in the van while travelling, and we do a lot of social media/business related tasks! Since we are an independent group, we do a lot more of the “hands on” work that normally a label would help us with, so we are always kept busy and CONSTANTLY learning!
Can you tell me as much as you can about any new releases gigs and anything coming soon?
We just released our brand-new single, “I Think Too Much,” to country radio and are currently on radio tour promoting it as we speak! We also have plenty of shows coming up before the holidays come around. We’re performing at Chillin’ on the Lucie with lots of other great country artists Oct. 5-6, The Grammy Museum (Cleveland, MS) on Oct. 18, two weeks on the road with a great organization called High School Nation Nov 5-16! High School Nation visits high schools around the country trying to keep music in the schools by donating beautiful recording studios to each one they visit. We were a part of their Spring 2018 tour and cannot wait to join them back on the road for their Fall trek!
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
THANK YOU! Our main goal is to share our music with others and our fans let us do just that. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them—THANK YOU!
What was the first record or song you purchased (downloaded or streamed ) and why?
The very first record we purchased was the Eagles LIVE album on vinyl while in New Orleans! Our parents had a bunch of other great classics on vinyl back at the house that we enjoyed throwing on our record player, so while in New Orleans one trip we stopped into Peaches and grabbed us one! It’s still to this day one of our favourite albums.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
As with any life interest, including becoming a musician, strive to find a way to make it become your job instead of your hobby. That way it’ll be fun and you’ll generate income from it!
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
We would love to do a collaboration with the Swon Brothers! We ran into one time at CRS in Nashville, TN and love the fact that they’re siblings raised in the South and taking on the country music industry, too.
What has the rest of year got in store for you?
For the rest of the year, we are going to continue promoting our new single, “I Think Too Much”, going back out on the road doing more shows, and preparing for the holidays! Y’all be sure to stay updated with us and our travels through our socials linked on our website at www.southernhalo.net !