Natalie Stovall Joins Runaway June

After revealing that Runaway June’s Hannah Mulholland is leaving the band, the group’s remaining members, Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne,…

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 15, 2020

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After revealing that Runaway June’s Hannah Mulholland is leaving the band, the group’s remaining members, Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne, joined Bobby Bones on The Bobby Bones Show on Friday morning (May 15) to reveal the band’s new member.

Admitting the change has been”such a positive thing out of so much craziness in the world right now,” Cooke shared the news with fans.

“Our low harmony singer, Hannah, has decided to make a change in her life, which we all really co-sign and support for her. She wants to be with her husband and her family in California and we completely support that. It’s a really crazy time in the world,” she said. “We’re unveiling that our beautiful friend, Natalie Stovall, is stepping in and we could not be more excited for this. It’s insane!”

When Bones asked Cooke and Wayne if they ever considered moving on as a duo, they admitted they had mulled the idea over.

“Naomi and I did. We talked about being a duo and talked about what that meant. We just really love the three-part harmony. Also, when we talked about adding a member, if we were gonna add a member, we were like, the literal only person that we could ever see taking this part is Natalie. She’s an amazing singer, she’s an amazing musician, her presence on stage is insane, so we thought about being a duo, or having someone that makes us better and it was a no brainer.”

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Stovall says the invitation to join the band was “extremely exciting” and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

“I really am honored that they were thinking that it was either gonna be a duo or that I was the only person that they were gonna ask. That’s incredible,” she gushed. “I know that one of my favorite ways to create music is in a group setting and with band members, there’s nothing like that. But, I’ve never had the opportunity to really tour with sisters on the road,I’ve always been surrounded by dudes, so that in itself, and also the thought of getting to sing three-part harmony all the time…I’m such a sucker for harmonies.”

As for getting the call to join Runaway June, she admits she had no idea it was coming.

“It was a really left-field ask, I did not expect it,” she shared. “It took me a second to adjust my focus to it, but as soon as it settled it, it was a no-brainer for me.”

Following the trio’s appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, they took to social media to officially introduce fans to their new member.

“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,” they wrote. “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!!

Runaway June became the highest-charting female trio in 16 years with the success of their hit single, “Buy My Own Drinks.” The trio toured with Carrie Underwood in 2019 and was nominated for Best New Vocal Group at the 2018 ACM Awards. They released one album, Blue Roses, in 2019.

Runaway June is slated to join Luke Bryan on his Proud To Be Right Here Tour, which has been postponed until July 10, 2020.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.