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Savannah Stopover: Alanna Royale diversifies Nashville with some soul

 

Savannah Stopover: Alanna Royale diversifies Nashville with some soul

07 Mar 2017

Alanna Royale will be adding to all the fun at Savannah Stopover in a big way this year.

The band is comprised of lead vocalist Alanna Quinn-Broadus, guitarist Jared Colby, bassist Gabriel Golden and drummer Matt Snow. This does not include their usual ensemble of a soulful horn section that sometimes graces the stage as well.

The band is known for the powerhouse vocals of its frontwoman as well as their old-school, soul-inspired music. Alanna Royale frequently opens for R&B/soul band Lee Fields & The Expressions, including at this year’s Stopover. Quinn-Broadus herself grew up listening to the likes of Ann Peebles, Etta James, Betty Davis and Candi Staton, just to name a few.

Perhaps an even greater significance of the impact this band brings to the music world is the fact that they are diversifying the music scene in Nashville, which is mainly dominated by country music, especially since it’s the home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Royale originally moved to Nashville in pursuit of her dreams, but she and the band wound up contributing so much more. Garden and Gun magazine recognized the band’s innovative sound: “She’s a powerful singer … The Nashville sound is known for polish. This is something else … the beginning of something big.”

Alanna Royale will be bringing that intensity to Savannah. The band is no stranger to Savannah, nor to Stopover.

“Stopover is one of my favorite festivals we’ve ever played, mostly because we got to hang at The Jinx last time … the Stopover crowd is so receptive and friendly; it’s such a good time,” Quinn-Broadus said.

Apparently, the city of Savannah is more than just a stopover point for the band. Royale describes Savannah as a place she could spend more time.

“Savannah is gorgeous! It’s just amazing to walk around and check out the architecture and local greenery,” she said. “I could live here for sure.”

Alanna Royale is the band worth making it out to see this year. They have great energy and stage presence, as their lead singer is notorious for owning the room wherever she goes.

“If I sat down with my mouth closed, I would probably implode. I got a lot up in my head and it’s gotta get out,” she said.

If you’d like to listen to the musical implosion that is Alanna Royale, you can find their music on free streaming services such as SoundCloud or Spotify. On these platforms, you’ll be able to hear their 2014 album “Achilles.” The band is currently working on mixing new music, so be on the lookout for that as well.

Alanna Royale

8:30 p.m. March 10

Ships of the Sea North Garden, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd.

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