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Hit country band Gloriana takes stage

By Samantha Langley
Asst. Around the Town Editor

October 18, 2012


Photo by Samantha Langley
Gloriana performs at GPAC on Oct. 13. The band sang many different songs, including their hit single, "Kissed You Goodnight."
American Country Award nominee, Gloriana, performed at Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on Oct. 13.

According to GPAC representatives, 814 tickets were sold to people who sang and danced to Gloriana's music.

Gloriana played many fan favorites including "Kissed You Goodnight" and "Rebel Moon."

On stage the band was constantly switching instruments. Brothers Tom and Mike Tossin switched between guitar and bass guitar but also used harmonicas in a few songs.

Singer Rachel Reinert switched between singing and playing minor percussion instruments, such as tambourine and chimes.

The band was interactive with the audience, inviting fans to sing and clap along.

They threw out several guitar picks to audience members, many of which were signed after the concert.

After the show the band was available for questions from the audience and for signatures. Many students and community members bought CDs and T-shirts that they then got autographed.

Several girls were yelling because they received hugs from some of the band members.

Photo by Samantha Langley
Concert attendees were able to meet the band after the concert."
"It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. It was so cool when they were throwing out the picks," Morgan Griffin, student audience member, said.

The band has been nominated for three awards for the American Country Awards, including breakthrough artist of the year, single of the year and music video of the year all for their song, "Kissed You Goodnight."

According to the band, these awards are fan chosen and fans can vote at www.aca.com.

Ella Mae Bowen, 16, opened for Gloriana and was welcomed by fans.

"When Ella came out, it blew me out of the water. She has the most amazing voice ever," Griffin said.

Bowen's songs consisted mostly about growing up and her family. In her song "18 Now," she sang about the things that she would change about her life if she was 18.

"Ella wrote her first song she was 3. It was titled "I'm With You" and was to the Barney's 'Brush Your Teeth Song'," Gigi Bowen, Ella's mom, said.

According to Bowen, Ella has been signed to do one record and, hopefully, will be pushing a song to radio in the spring.

Both Bowens said that Gloriana had a great attitude towards them before the show, when they had shared a dressing room.

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