Monday, 12 March 2018

Southern Halo's story arc expands as new CD, Just Like In The Movies, hits stores April 27


SOUTHERN HALO's Story Arc Expands As New CD,
JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES, Hits Stores April 27

Dream-Inspired Concept Disc Available For Pre-Order Now




























Nashville, TN (March 9, 2018) -- SOUTHERN HALO 's story arc expands with the April 27 release of their latest CD, the concept-driven, dream-inspired JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES. This 14-track package, produced by Catt Gravitt and Gerald O'Brien, mirrors the emotional and musical growth of Natalia, Hannah and Christina Morris, the three sisters from the Mississippi Delta who form SOUTHERN HALO.

Inspired by a dream of Natalia's, JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES features 10 songs written or co-written by the lead vocalist/guitarist, and four titles from Music City's hottest tunesmiths. The catchy ode to the glories of Southern womanhood, "Southern Halo," kicks off the project and marks the first "scene" of this movie-made-music.  A co-write with Roxie Dean, the strong, multi-layered vocals and sing-along chorus make this a natural choice for the first "instant gratification track" offered with each iTunes and Amazon pre-order of the CD.  The disc is the second outing for the trio with SESAC's 2012 Writer of the Year Catt Gravitt (Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen) and Gerald O'Brien (Martina McBride, Trace Adkins) at the helm.

Continuing the album's theme is the first single "Anything Is Possible."  Written by Gravitt and award-winning songwriter/producer Carl Falk, the hooky, upbeat track is a veritable anthem to the power of positive thinking and is already resonating at Country radio.  A lyric video, featuring performance footage, can be seen:



JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES explores the excitement found and challenges faced when chasing one's dream.  The eagerness to experience new places is offset by the longing for the constant comforts of home, while the idea that anyone can indeed reach for the stars is reinforced.  Natalia, Hannah and Christina continue to prove that dreams do come true - if you work hard and believe.  Highlights abound, and the tracks range from Rock-ish ("My Girls & Me") to beautifully poignant ("Not Today") to confrontational ("Hey Boy").

The album's title track is a Pop/Rock-infused, modern-day fairytale that features underscored Rap-style background vocals and a sultry yet whimsical feel.  Written by Gravitt, Jana Kramer and Brian Kierulf, "Just Like In The Movies" showcases SOUTHERN HALO's diversity and their fearless approach to music.  The track was singled in the U.K. late last year and enjoyed enormous success.  

"Missing Mississippi," written by Natalia and Jennifer Adan, slows things down with the true tale of Natalia's first night in her new Nashville home.  Sweet, reflective and emotional, the song shows that sacrifices are always made in pursuit of the dreams that inspire us.  Another track that shines the light on leaving, "Famous" tells the tale of the loneliness that can surround stardom.  Penned with Alex Dooley, the message is deep - and partially hidden by a seductive melody.   "Tom Girl," written with Melissa Boella Rowe, describes a character familiar to the Morris sisters: someone who loves to get their hands dirty, but also loves to dress up for special occasions.  As Natalia says, "everyone talks about 'tom boys' or 'girly girls' - no one ever talks about 'tom girls.'  Christina loves fishing while Hannah rides horses and I enjoy building projects in our backyard, but we love to get prettied up for a night out.  We're all 'tom girls.'"

Tom girls they may be, but Natalia, Hannah and Christina are all driven by the same dream. Music inspired SOUTHERN HALO; now their songs are inspiring young Country fans everywhere.  Drummer Christina and bassist Hannah are still in their late teens, and Natalia just recently crossed over into her early 20s.  They're exploring, challenging themselves to take risks and raise their bar - and JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES proves they have reached new heights - and they are proud of it.  This new album is poised to follow the phenomenal success of their previous, eponymous CD, and is sure to bring new listeners to the fold as it breaks new ground for the trio.

Track Listing
1. Southern Halo (N. Morris, R. Dean)
2. My Girls And Me (N. Morris, R. Dean, S. O’Brien)
3. Notice Me (N. Morris, R. Dean)
4. I Think Too Much (N. Morris, R. Dean)
5. Tom Girl (N. Morris, M. Rowe)
6. Anything Is Possible (C. Falk, C. Gravitt)
7. Not Today (N. Morris)
8. Missing Mississippi (N. Morris, J. Adan)
9. Famous (A. Dooley, N. Morris)
10. Gettin’ Back Up (J. Moriva, P. Horowitz, T. Jacobs, M. Tobias)
11. Hey Boy (R. Biederer, C. Gravitt, G. O’Brien)
12. Coming Home (N. Morris)
13. It’s Always Been You (N. Morris, C. Gravitt, S. Black)
14. Just Like In The Movies (C.Gravitt, J. Kramer, B. Kierulf)

ABOUT SOUTHERN HALO
Since their hypnotically-upbeat Country radio debut, "Little White Dress," caught the attention of U.S. radio and press (spending eight weeks at #1 on the International Hotdisc Chart) this sibling trio has broken down doors and shattered glass ceilings.  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.  The group's third single, "Living Like That," quickly found success of its own, and further bolstered the trio's profile.  It's been a fast ride to the big stage for these Delta darlings.   Since landing in the National Finals of the 2014 Texaco Country Showdown as the youngest competitors ever, the band has opened for Maren Morris, Deana Carter,  Love and Theft, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay, Tyler Farr, Parmalee, Old Dominion, American Young, B lues immortal B.B. King and legendary chanteuse Dionne Warwick, among many others.  The Cleveland, Mississippi natives have performed at the CMA Music Festival, at a pre-show on the rooftop terrace of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and launched Townsquare Media's "Say It With Pepsi" Concert Series.

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MEET THE BAND

QUICK FACTS – Southern Halo’s Natalia Morris 











































Name:  Natalia Morris
Birthday: 5/28/97
Birthplace: Memphis, TN
Raised in:  Cleveland, MS
Current Residence: Nashville, TN
Musical Influences:  Vince Gill, Eric Johnson, Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake, Prince, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Celine Dion
Instruments you play (recording/writing): Guitar / piano
Instruments you play (on stage): Acoustic & Electric guitar
Endorsements/Sponsorships: Gibson
Favorite Album (by another artist):  “Purple Rain” (Prince)
Favorite Song You Did Not Write:  “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
The One Song You Wish You Had Written:  “It’s A Small World”
Hobbies/Spare Time Activities: Exercising & socializing
Specific Benefits/Charities involved in: Blair E Batson Children’s Hospital 
Pets:  My sweet little kitty named Prissy 
Favorite Food To Eat:  Sushi
Favorite Food To Cook:  cereal. 
Favorite Candy: Russell Stover dark assorted chocolates
Favorite Color:  Pink
Favorite Piece of Clothing:  Skinny jeans
Favorite Footwear: Heels
Favorite Sport(s): SEC football
Favorite TV Show: F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Favorite Book: Vogue Magazine
Favorite Movie:  Legally Blonde
Favorite Actor:  Will Ferrell
Favorite Actress: Reese Witherspoon 
Favorite Amusement Ride: Carousel
Favorite Vehicle: Porsche 911 ~ dream car!!!
If you weren’t a musician what profession would you choose? Songwriter and Lawyer
Word or phrase you say all the time:  “Totally”
What scares you the most? Needles, spiders, lightning!!!!   
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why: Georgia—sweet southern hospitality with a honey-dripping accent! 
On a scale of 1 to 10, how funny do you think you are? 3—I’m a pretty serious person
First paid performance: Airport Grocery, Cleveland, MS (age 11)
Major Acts opened for: Dionne Warwick, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay, Love and Theft, Maren Morris, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Deana Carter, John Michael Montgomery, Parmalee, Old Dominion, Jamie Lynn Spears, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Julie Roberts, American Young & B.B. King
Fantasy Bar-B-Que Guests (dead or alive):  Justin Timberlake, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Prince
Have you sung the National Anthem at an event?  Dixie Youth National (Baseball) Championship - 2011 & 2013 (Cleveland, MS); ground breaking / 2014 new state troopers building(Greenwood, MS)
Favorite Quote: “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!” 
Biggest Vice:  Protein shakes & Prissy (my kitty) 
Pet Peeve: Rude People
Artist would you like to record a duet with: Keith Urban, Michael Buble, Diana Krall
Little Known Fact About You: I can wiggle my ears 
What 3 things could you NOT live without if you were stranded on a desert island? Protein shakes, my family, tanning lotion 
Military connections: Pops (Grandfather)served in the Vietnam War
Current single: “Anything Is Possible”
Previous singles: “Rewind,” “Little White Dress,” “Living Like That”
Previous CD:  SOUTHERN HALO 
Upcoming CD: JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES

QUICK FACTS – Southern Halo’s Christina Morris




















































Name: Christina (Tinka) Morris
Birthday: 12/18/98
Birthplace:  Greenwood, MS
Raised in: Cleveland, MS
Current Residence: Nashville, TN
Musical Influences: Dave Grohl, Alicia Moore, Rich Redmond
Instruments you play (recording/writing): Drums
Instruments you play (on stage): Drums
Endorsements/Sponsorships: Gibson
Favorite Album (by another artist): Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace ~ Foo Fighters
Favorite Song You Did Not Write: Rock N’ Roll - Avril Lavigne
The One Song You Wish You Had Written: The Pretender - Foo Fighters
Hobbies/Spare Time Activities: Hiking, fishing, mud-riding, hunting
Specific Benefits/Charities involved in: Wounded Warrior Project
Pets: One cat, two birds, and a hamster
Favorite Food To Eat: Meat, Meat & Meat
Favorite Food To Cook: Brussel Sprouts (aka~ Tinka’s Beastified Brussels)
Favorite Candy:  Reese’s
Favorite Color: Blue topaz/Turquoise and black
Favorite Piece of Clothing: Black Leather Jacket
Favorite Footwear: Nike tennis shoes & Gianni Bini Stilettos
Favorite Sport(s): Soccer / Football
Favorite TV Show: Vikings
Favorite Book: The Universe In A Nutshell ~ Stephen Hawking
Favorite Movie: Rambo   
Favorite Actor:  Johnny Depp and Sylvester Stallone
Favorite Actress:  Margot Robbie and Samara Weaving
Favorite Amusement Ride:  The Screamin’ Swing
Favorite Vehicle: 1978 Black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am or any model Corvette
If you weren’t a musician what profession would you choose?   Professional alligator wrestler / Cosmologist
Word or phrase you say all the time: “Diddy,”   “Y’all,”    “Nom’ Say’n”
What scares you the most?  Small crowds / awkward silence
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why:  Any small town where everyone treats you like family sure is a good place to call home
On a scale of 1 to 10, how funny do you think you are?  7
First paid performance: Airport Grocery, Cleveland, MS (age 10)
Major Acts opened for: Dionne Warwick, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay, Maren Morris, Love and Theft, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Deana Carter, John Michael Montgomery, Parmalee, Old Dominion, Jamie Lynn Spears, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Julie Roberts, American Young, Sixpence None the Richer, and B.B. King
Fantasy Bar-B-Que Guests (dead or alive):  Lzzy Hale & her brother (the awesome drummer) Arejay Hale, Dave Grohl, Alicia Moore, and Ashton Irwin (5SOS)
Have you sung the National Anthem at an event?  Dixie Youth National (Baseball) Championship in 2011 & 2013 (Cleveland, MS), 2014 groundbreaking for new state troopers building (Greenwood, MS)
Favorite Quote: “I never took lessons to learn how to play the drums. I just sort of figured it out. I think that if you’re passionate about something and you’re driven and focused, you can pretty much do anything you want in life.” – Dave Grohl
Biggest Vice:  Eating WAY too many protein bars
Pet Peeve: People sneezing without covering their mouth
Artist would you like to record a duet with: Bryan Adams
Little Known Fact About You:  I’m a total science geek!
What 3 things could you NOT live without if you were stranded on a desert island?  Drum sticks, Foo Fighters album and protein bars
Military connections:  Grandfather / Vietnam War
Current single:  “Anything Is Possible”
Previous singles: “Rewind”, “Little White Dress,” “Living Like That”
Previous CD: SOUTHERN HALO
Upcoming CD: JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES

QUICK FACTS – Southern Halo’s Hannah Morris














































Name:  Hannah Kendall Morris
Birthday: 5/5/2000
Birthplace: Greenwood, MS
Raised in: Cleveland, MS
Current Residence: Nashville, TN
Musical Influences: Selena Gomez and Michael Jackson
Instruments you play (recording/writing): Bass Guitar
Instruments you play (on stage): Bass Guitar
Endorsements/Sponsorships: Gibson
Favorite Album (by another artist):  LADY WOOD (Tove Lo)
Favorite Song You Did Not Write:  “Ain't Gonna Leave” (Arizona)
The One Song You Wish You Had Written: “Kill Em With Kindness” (Selena Gomez)
Hobbies/Spare Time Activities:  Horseback riding / jumping
Specific Benefits/Charities involved in: ASPCA
Pets (breed/name):  My very cool dog Uga~Bear (Cane Corso)
Favorite Food To Eat:  Mac & Cheese
Favorite Food To Cook: Mac & Cheese
Favorite Candy:   I don't eat candy, but love sweet Magnolia Ice cream (Whiskey Pecan) 
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Piece of Clothing: shoes
Favorite Footwear: wedges
Favorite Sport(s):  Equestrian hunter / jumper
Favorite TV Show: Stranger Things
Favorite Book: Lassie
Favorite Movie:  Clueless
Favorite Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Favorite Actress:  Jennifer Anniston
Favorite Amusement Ride: None
Favorite Vehicle: Mercedes
If you weren’t a musician what profession would you choose? Veterinarian
Word or phrase you say all the time: Like, omg
What scares you the most?  Christina driving
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why: Florida – it’s very warm, close to the beach, but still in the South!
On a scale of 1 to 10, how funny do you think you are? Oh, I’m definitely a 10 ☺
First paid performance: Airport Grocery, Cleveland, MS (age 9)
Major Acts opened for: Dionne Warwick, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay, Maren Morris, Love and Theft, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Deana Carter, John Michael Montgomery, Parmalee, Old Dominion, Jamie Lynn Spears, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Julie Roberts, American Young & B.B. King
Fantasy Bar-B-Que Guests (dead or alive): Michael Jackson, Jared Leto, Jennifer Anniston and Tom Cruise
Have you sung the National Anthem at an event?  Dixie Youth National (Baseball) Championship in 2011 & 2013 (Cleveland, MS); ground breaking for new state troopers building in Greenwood MS in 2014
Favorite Quote:  “Not all who wander are lost”
Biggest Vice: Drinking coffee
Pet Peeve:  People who mistreat animals
Artist would you like to record a duet with: Ed Sheeran
Little Known Fact About You: I’m a professional coffee maker!
What 3 things could you NOT live without if you were stranded on a desert island? My dog, my horse and my sisters!
Military connections:  Pops (Grandfather)/ Vietnam War
Current single: “Anything Is Possible”
Previous singles: “Rewind,” “Little White Dress,” “Living Like That”
Previous CD:  SOUTHERN HALO
Upcoming CD: JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES

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