A country trio with a bright, upbeat sound and fine harmonies, Runaway June was formed in early 2016. The trio consists of Naomi Cooke on lead vocals and guitar, Hannah Mulholland on mandolin and vocals, and Jennifer Wayne on guitar and vocals. Cooke was raised in an Amish farming community and was one of 11 siblings. Mulholland is originally from Malibu, and works in visual art and posts a cooking blog when not busy with music. Wayne is the granddaughter of Hollywood icon John Wayne; she was also a contestant on the reality TV series The Amazing Race, and previously worked with the group Stealing Angels. The three began working together in January 2016; Rob Hatch from Wheelhouse Records saw Cooke perform at a showcase and asked her if she'd be interested in writing songs with Wayne. Wayne had already been working on songs with Mulholland, and when the three writers and musicians met, they hit it off. Hatch liked what he heard and wasted no time signing them to Wheelhouse and taking them into the recording studio. Runaway June's first single, "Lipstick," was released in May 2016 and peaked at 28 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. In 2017, the group released "Wild West," which was also featured on their eponymous debut EP; the single reached 36 on Country Airplay. "Buy My Own Drinks" gave the group their first Country Airplay Top 20 in 2018 -- it reached 18 -- and set up the June 2019 release of their debut album, Blue Roses. Runaway June supported Blue Roses by acting as an opening act for Carrie Underwood on her Cry Pretty Tour 360. ~ Mark Deming
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