Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, pop hooks, southern twang, and California cool, Honey County is a female country trio featuring Dani Rose, Devon Jane and Katie Stump.
A group of hotshot instrumentalists as well as acclaimed songwriters, Honey County was launched by Rose, a Virginia native who moved to Los Angeles during the early 2010s. There, she found herself gravitating toward the sounds, stories, and swagger of country music, a genre that had been so prevalent back home. Meanwhile, college friends Stump and Jane were on a similar journey, with both musicians playing their own gigs around Southern California. Formed in 2014, Honey County brought all three women together, kicking off a whirlwind career that has since found the group receiving praise from Rolling Stone; playing gigs alongside Lady Antebellum and Old Dominion; enjoying high-profile slots at CMA Fest and Stagecoach Festival; and receiving heavy airplay for independent singles like "Love Someone" (one of the most-played songs during the launch of Radio Disney Country)," "High on the Radio" and "Los Angeles."
You won't find Honey County on any map. Instead, the group takes its name from a fictional place, a move that allows the bandmates to create their own landscape of story-driven country, melodic pop, and punchy, guitar-fueled rock. It's a sound that leans heavily on the powerful blend of three voices, punctuated by songwriting chops that evoke both the sunny beauty of the band's California headquarters as well as the Bible Belt bounce of Nashville. Not to be overlooked are Devon Jane's guitar chops, which have also earned the musician a coveted gig as lead guitarist on Katy Perry's Witness Tour. With all three members trading vocal duties and sharing songwriting credits, Honey County sounds as sweet at its name.
The group has been busy, too. The HBO series True Blood aired Honey Couny's very first single, "Blood From a Stone," with the group appearing as semi-finalists on VH1's Make a Band Famous competition shortly thereafter. One of the only independent acts to play Stagecoach Festival and CMA Fest in 2017, Honey County earned a thumbs up from Rolling Stone Country, who praised the band's songwriting and harmony-heavy live show.
Genuine fans of the country music tradition, the members of Honey County have also paid tribute to their influences, creating covers of hit songs like Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" (whose video earned more than 129,000 views on YouTube), Garth Brooks' "People Loving People" (whose recording notched over half a million spins on Spotify), and Maren Morris' "I Could Use a Love Song." Even so, they've created more of a stir with their own music. Produced by John Spiker and Maks Gabriel, Honey County's first summertime single, "High On The Radio," became one of the first songs to receive airplay on SoCal Country radio station Radio Disney Country in mid-2017. Tapped as a trending music video on CMT.com, the song's accompanying video premiered on E! News, shining a light on three singers who were meant to perform together.
Released later that summer, "Love Someone," also received heavy airplay on E! News, while also receiving nods from Apple Music's 'Cool Country' Playlist and the iTunes Country Music Hot Tracks. With more than 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and a new single — the dark, Fleetwood Mac-inspired "Los Angeles" — under the band's belt, Honey County carried their momentum into 2018, with more melody-heavy songs and cross-country shows on the horizon.
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