The making of Gloriana's just-released sophomore album, "A Thousand Miles Left Behind," was a bit more complicated than the group expected.
The country trio lost its fourth member, Cheyenne Kimball, in July of 2011 -- and found out she was leaving via Twitter. The problem was the album had already been recorded with Kimball singing, which forced remaining members Rachel Reinert and brothers Mike and Tom Gossin to scramble back into the studio.
"That's pretty unheard of; bands don't get a second draft of a CD once it's done," notes Mike Gossin, 29. "But it was kind of a neat experience, because we'd already been showing people what we had so far, so we had a lot of good feedback about what people were thinking and feeling about the songs.
"So we went back in and re-recorded a lot and tweaked here and there, and we feel like we're more proud of the record than ever. It was a crazy experience, but we're super-proud of it."
"A Thousand Miles Left Behind" -- which follows Gloriana's self-titled 2009 debut -- has already spawned Gloriana's biggest hit, "(Kissed You) Good Night," which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. Gossin says the impetus came from a conversation his brother Tom overheard a table of women having in a restaurant one night.
"One of the girls was like, 'I went on a date last night and it went great, I was really into it, and at the end of the night the guy kinda just wimped out and he didn't go in for the kiss,' " Gossin recalls. "One of the other girls was like, 'Oh, I know. Isn't that the guys job -- just push you up against the wall and do it already!'
"So Tom took that saying and made it the basis of the song. That's something that if you're 15 or 50 years old, we've all been in that situation. We've all been there before, so it really connects with everybody -- men, women, kids, adults. We can really see that when we play the song for people."
Gloriana, Lauren Duski and Russell Dickerson perform Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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