Gloriana exclusive interview
Gloriana is an interesting name for a country band. Yet, given their harmonious sound, Gloriana is dead-on.
With the August 4 release of their self-titled CD, Gloriana gave SheKnows a call about what it means to be that pop music rarity -- the two-man, two-woman band in the Fleetwood Mac ilk.
A group with that gender breakdown that are singer-songwriters is indeed a sparse scene on the musical landscape. There's The Mamas and the Papas...Mac...and Gloriana!
The glory of Gloriana
SheKnows: Hello Mike and Rachel.
Mike Gossin: Hello SheKnows.
Rachel Reinert: I'm here!
SheKnows: Thanks for taking a little time with SheKnows.com…
Mike Gossin: All day we were talking, what does she know?
SheKnows: SheKnows everything. You ought to know that, Mike?
SheKnows: That's the mystery of it…
Rachel Reinert: Kind of like Victoria's Secret! No one knows what the secret is.
SheKnows: That's it, Rachel, you nailed it. It is pretty well documented how you all came together, but, in your own words, what was it that brought Gloriana together?
Mike Gossin: Personally, I think it was fate. I really believe in fate, man. It was strange. As quickly as it all happened and as easy as it did, the minute the four of us started singing together we looked at each other and went, "Whoa." We have something, really, really special here and I think it was meant to be.
SheKnows: What about you, Rachel?
Rachel Reinert: I agree with what Michael just said, and if you look at our story, all four of us individually tried to make it as solo artists or with bands and things like that. Things just never quite happened with us individually until all four of us came together. I think also our love and passion for music really brought us together.
Glory to the Mac
SheKnows: For each of you, your sound is so unique in its resonance. I was wondering what your influences were growing up and others as you've evolved and if there are any collective artists you all adore?
Mike Gossin: Fleetwood Mac is a big influence on us, obviously. We actually do a quick cover of one of their songs Go Your Own Way in our next single, How Far. They've been a big influence on us as far as harmony bands go, but we all bring different elements. Tom and I are huge, huge Beatles fans. That was a band that was not necessarily country, but was a band where they all sang harmony and they all took turns individually being lead singer. Rachel, what were your influences?
Rachel Reinert: Well, I personally grew up in the south. I was raised on a lot of country music -- a lot of traditional country music. Country music was the one thing we all had in common growing up listening to, but for me influences were anything from Patsy Cline to Shania Twain to Keith Urban to harmony groups like Michael said. Like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, so I was the one with a lot of the country stuff (laughs). Cheyenne is into the whole Bluegrass thing. Her birth father, his biggest dream was that she would be a country music singer. He bought her her first guitar and he introduced her to Allison Krauss.
SheKnows: I have to ask, as a writer, I'm fascinated by words every hour of every day. Hearing your sound and knowing your name, Gloriana is a moniker match made in heaven. Where did the name come from because you seam to sum it up in…one…word?!
Rachel and Mike both laugh.
Mike Gossin: It's really funny, man, because it took us a really long time to come up with a name. It was actually, really, really hard process for us, I don't know what it was. We threw out a bunch of names. It came to the point that we needed a name so bad that we just threw names out there. We ended up using the word 'Glory' for a while. We thought that was a great word to represent four very strong individual voices coming together as one and representing this wall of harmony sound. We were in the studio break room eating dinner and I tossed out the word 'Gloriana' and everybody looked up and we knew it was meant to be right then and there. It sounds like the music.