Southern Halo just revealed details about their new album Just Like In The Movies and we are in love the meaning behind it.
The concept-driven, dream-inspired 14-track package mirrors the emotional and musical growth of Natalia, Hannah, and Christina Morris, the three sisters from the Mississippi Delta who make up Southern Halo.
Inspired by a dream of Natalia’s, Just Like In The Movies features 10 songs written or co-written by the lead vocalist/guitarist, and four titles from Music City’s hottest tunesmiths. The catchy ode to the glories of Southern womanhood, “Southern Halo,” kicks off the project and marks the first “scene” of this movie-made-music.
Continuing the album’s theme is the first single “Anything Is Possible.“ Written by Gravitt and award-winning songwriter/producer Carl Falk, the hooky, upbeat track is a veritable anthem to the power of positive thinking and is already resonating at Country radio.
The album explores the excitement found and challenges faced when chasing one’s dream. The eagerness to experience new places is offset by the longing for the constant comforts of home, while the idea that anyone can indeed reach for the stars is reinforced. Natalia, Hannah and Christina continue to prove that dreams do come true – if you work hard and believe. Highlights abound, and the tracks range from Rock-ish (“My Girls & Me”) to beautifully poignant (“Not Today”) to confrontational (“Hey Boy”).
The album’s title track is a Pop/Rock-infused, modern-day fairytale that features underscored Rap-style background vocals and a sultry yet whimsical feel. “Just Like In The Movies” showcases the trio’s diversity and their fearless approach to music.
“Missing Mississippi,” written by Natalia and Jennifer Adan, slows things down with the true tale of Natalia’s first night in her new Nashville home. Sweet, reflective and emotional, the song shows that sacrifices are always made in pursuit of the dreams that inspire us. Another track that shines the light on leaving, “Famous” tells the tale of the loneliness that can surround stardom. Penned with Alex Dooley, the message is deep – and partially hidden by a seductive melody.
“Tom Girl,” written with Melissa Boella Rowe, describes a character familiar to the Morris sisters: someone who loves to get their hands dirty, but also loves to dress up for special occasions. As Natalia says, “everyone talks about ‘tom boys’ or ‘girly girls’ – no one ever talks about ‘tom girls.’ Christina loves fishing while Hannah rides horses and I enjoy building projects in our backyard, but we love to get prettied up for a night out. We’re all ‘tom girls.'”
Tom girls they may be, but Natalia, Hannah and Christina are all driven by the same dream. Music inspired SOUTHERN HALO; now their songs are inspiring young Country fans everywhere.
We can’t wait for Just Like In The Movies to come out!