Natalie Stovall Joins Runaway June

Pictured: Jennifer Wayne, Naomi Cooke, Natalie Stovall. Photo: Runaway June/Instagram

Following Thursday’s (May 14) announcement that Hannah Mulholland would be leaving Runaway June, the BBR Music Group trio that Mulholland helped found in 2015, it has been revealed that vocalist, fiddle player and songwriter Natalie Stovall is joining the group, which also includes Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne.

Runaway June announced the new group member via Instagram, saying, “Everyone meet the newest member of Runaway June, @nataliestovall!! We couldn’t be more excited for the future and we can’t wait to perform again soon. We love you all more than words could ever express and we thank you for the outpouring of kindness, love and support in these wild, crazy times. It has kept us going, kept us positive and motivated to give more, go further, push harder. We are ecstatic to share this new chapter with Natalie and cannot wait for you all to adore her as much as we do. See you all as soon as possible and in the meantime please stay home & healthy! We miss and love you!! 🖤”

Stovall previously fronted Natalie Stovall and the Drive, known for the 2014 single “Baby Come On With it.” The group released their self-titled EP in 2015, followed by the EP Heartbreak in 2016. Stovall began performing professionally at age 10, and made her Grand Ole Opry debut at age 12. Along the way, she also performed at the White House as part of a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Stovall also competed on Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice, and was on Blake Shelton’s team.

Stovall added on her on Instagram account, “Let the adventure begin!!! ❤️💫 I am SO excited to finally let y’all in on what’s been going on!!! I am joining Runaway June!!! Y’all know I always keep you on your toes 😜 I think all of our lives looked a little different just a couple of months ago. But this has been one of the easiest and most obvious choices I’ve made thus far in my music journey. I LOVE making music in band setting and I’m so excited to get to create and perform and spread joy with @runawayjuneofficial !!! As soon as we can, we will be out there on the road coming your way. And in the meantime, we will be creating music for you to hear! Much love. ✨✨✨”

With Mulholland, Runaway June released the debut project Blue Roses last year and celebrated a hit single with “Buy My Own Drinks.” With that hit, they became the first all-female trio in more than 16 years to earn a Top 5 hit at country radio.

The trio spent much of 2019 on the road opening for Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360 and in February, were part of CRS’ New Faces of Country Music class of 2020.

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