Country trio Runaway June has added a new face to the group. Stevie Woodward will take over as the lead vocalist and front-woman for the all-female band.
At just 5 years old, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Woodward wrote her first song, and taught herself how to play the guitar by age 10. She began sharpening her live performance skills by playing solo-acoustic shows along the coast of South Carolina as a teenager before moving to Nashville to further pursue a career as an artist. She attended MTSU to study songwriting and has shared stages with the likes of Kip Moore, Scotty McCreery, and more.
The trio shared the news via social media on April 7, saying: “Y’all welcome Stevie… we can’t wait until y’all fall in love with her as much as we have!! It’s been so hard to keep it a secret, but we can’t wait to share the music we’ve been working on!!! Get ready for some harmonies and dueling solos!!! We’ll see you on the road soon!!!!”
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This announcement comes after the recent news that former front-woman and original band member Naomi Cooke would be leaving the group to pursue her own solo career after seven years with Runaway June. Former original member, Hannah Mulholland, also left the group in May of 2020, after which current member Natalie Stovall joined.
Now comprised of Woodward (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica/piano), Stovall (vocals/fiddle/guitar), and Jennifer Wayne (vocals/guitar), the band has been nominated for ACM Awards and CMT Awards, as well as performed at Stagecoach, C2C Country To Country, and opened for superstars such as Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood. Honored as a coveted New Face at the 2020 Country Radio Seminar, the trio’s top 5 single “Buy My Own Drinks” was the highest charting song by a female group since The Chicks in 2003.
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