2013 has been an explosive year for Nashville sextet Alanna Royale and with the speed of a runaway train; they show no signs of stopping. On August 14th, 2012 Alanna Royale arrived at The Basement in Nashville to play their first show without even a demo in hand and left that night with a room full of fans. After that first electric show, the word was out and Nashville was ready to embrace them with open arms. With a bombastic live performance, a handful of performances, and a growing fan base, Royale’s reputation continued to spread without even one recorded song. It was five months later in January 2013 when they released their debut EP Bless Her Heart at a sold out show and confirmed everyone’s suspicions that they were ready for something bigger. Once Mike Grimes, the owner of the famous record store declared Royale the “next big thing” coming out of Nashville, Royale has worked tirelessly to live up to the hype.
Picking and choosing their favorite elements of soul, funk, Motown, and straight up Billboard pop, Alanna Royale has assembled their own unique style out of many. Not quite soul but not quite rock, Royale shines brightest when marrying their dirty rock n’ roll attitude with their smooth, retro roots. Sharing the stage with some of Nashville’s best and brightest stars of all genres, Royale seems right at home whether playing with a bluegrass band or a garage rock trio. Fronted by the larger than life personality of Alanna Quinn-Broadus the band is led fearlessly with quaking vocals and off the cuff sass. Known for her edgy attitude she will steal your heart, sing it a love song, and break it all in one set. While Alanna might draw you in, she is not alone in the act. It is the band as a whole that keeps you there. Backed by a solid rhythm section and a bouncing two-piece horn section, Alanna Royale lays down the groove, keeps the beat pulsing, and forces you along for the ride.
In just a little over a year, Royale has made appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, East Nashville Underground, Grimey’s Record Store Day, Music City Roots, Scenic City Roots, and Nashville Gay Pride. They have been featured in Garden & Gun, Nashville Lifestyles, on NPR, and in a podcast spotlight with The Tennessean.
Across the country, word of Royale’s dirty pop/raunchy soul has begun to spread and you can expect them to be turning heads everywhere they go. In such a short time, they have managed to not only plant their feet firmly in a community flooded with talented musicians but stand out among them. This winter Royale will premiere their newest song “Phantom Limb” and then head to the studio to record their debut full length. Alanna Royale has just begun on an unstoppable journey and there’s no telling where they might be headed next.