The Mississippi Delta is revered as the birthplace of the Blues and Rock & Roll. Soon, it will also be recognized as the home of Southern Halo, a soulful sister trio hailing from the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. They have crafted a blend of “new” Country and Classic Country with a dash of Southern Rock to create CPR: Country/Pop/Rock. It’s a youthful, signature sound made immediately recognizable by the sweet sibling harmonies that are fast-becoming their trademark. The girls have opened for top-tier acts Dionne Warwick, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay, Tyler Farr, Maren Morris, Love and Theft, Randy Houser, John Michael Montgomery, Parmalee, Old Dominion, Jamie Lynn Spears, American Young, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Julie Roberts and B.B. King.
Southern Halo will headline our local band night. Local bands to be announced.
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Music was central to the Morris sisters as they grew up amid the flat farmlands of Cleveland, Mississippi, because, Natalia jokes, “all our friends in elementary school played soccer and football — and none of us was ever any good at sports.” She started piano lessons at age 6. Then, at age 10, when she began playing her dad’s old guitar after finding it in his closet. Her younger sisters were inspired to get into their own instruments, with Christina (“Tinka”) choosing drums and the youngest, Hannah, getting into bass guitar.
Being children of the Delta, they were inspired first by the blues artists they heard in nearby venues. They rehearsed, with Christina leading the way in fashioning their vocal blend. By ages 9, 10 and 12, they were being booked to appear at nearby blues festivals. But, they also listened to and learned from other genres, especially harmony-oriented groups such as The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.
Ultimately, they gravitated toward the Country genre. “We related to its storytelling,” Hannah explains. “You can get more passionate with country music because it allows you to really get your story out.”
“But country music is also like the blues,” Christina points out. “Both genres are really great at letting you express the inside story of your life.”
“And we learned very quickly that country music is like a family,” Natalia adds. “Everyone writes together. Your best friends are also in the industry. So eventually we decided, ‘You know what? We’ve got to go to Nashville.’”
By that time they’d made countless five-hour drives between their hometown and Music City. It felt natural, then, to make the move and plunge into doing what they’d always wanted to do. And now, their future beckons from far beyond the city limits. In fact, they’ve toured the United Kingdom three times, where ever-larger audiences greet them by singing along to each of their songs.
All of which confirms the message of the album's first single and Top 25 chart hit, “Anything Is Possible.” “It’s such a great message,” Hannah affirms. “We wanted to lift up everyone’s spirit with its message, that "anything is possible" if you put your heart, soul and mind into it.”