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Gloriana Pleased, Surprised By Early Success

of the Oakland Press

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Gloriana winning the 2009 American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year — over Lady Gaga, no less — came as a surprise to many, including the four members of the Nashville, Tenn., group.

“Oh, gosh, that was such an extraordinary experience for us,” recalls Rachel Reinert. “I didn’t really think we were going to win it. We were up against Lady Gaga, who’s this worldwide, huge, huge, huge, amazing artist who I completely respect and think is just wonderful.

“But then the day of (the awards), I had this weird feeling that we might actually pull this one off. It was one of the most incredible feelings I’ve ever had in my entire life.”

Granted, the AMA was determined by a public vote, but it’s an indication of how far Gloriana has come in the two years its been together.

Produced by hitmaker Matt Serletic (matchbox twenty, Collective Soul, Rob Thomas, Santana), the group’s self-titled 2009 debut bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard country chart in August and at No. 3 on the overall album survey — and was the year’s top-selling album by a new country act. It’s spawned a pair of Top 40 hits (“Wild at Heart” and “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”) and also netted Gloriana a CMT Music Award and an Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Group. It’s also up for an ACM for Top New Vocal Group.

The AMA, then, only raised stakes that were already rising.

“You don’t realize how many people are watching those TV shows; you win an award and you start going places,” Mike Gossin explains. “It’s funny now; going to airports, people recognize us a lot more — everywhere we go, really. They’re like, ‘Oh, I saw you win that award.’ It was one of the highlights for this band so far.

“Cross our fingers, hopefully we’ll win a lot more.”

Gloriana performs with Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are sold out. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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