Gloriana’s Cheyenne Prefers Band Life to Flying Solo
Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana has been in the performing business since the ripe old age of 12, when she first won the NBC talent show, 'America's Most Talented Kid' in 2003. A year later, she was officially part of the music machine, cranking out her solo debut for Epic Records, and she even appeared on her own MTV reality series, 'Cheyenne.' But the native Texan says she is much happier now as part of a band than she ever was doing the solo thing, and she's grateful to have the support she feels as part of Gloriana.
"There are a lot of ways that playing solo was great," she tells the Daily Times. "I was very young -- 15 or 16 -- and I was loving it. But it also felt very lonely, because I had no one to share it with, no one to understand the work and pressure it takes to be an artist. It's nice to have three other people now that I can talk to about that. When you're struggling, and you've had a long week, they understand because they're right there next to me."
Cheyenne admits that each of the four have their specific roles within the band, and says she's surprised when girls tell her and Rachel Reinert that they are role models, since she doesn't really view herself in that light.
"I never really thought of myself as that," Cheyenne admits. "it's funny; I guess I don't see it because I'm on the inside. I live with these people, and we spend every waking moment together. We're all like brothers and sisters -- so not glamorous."
Cheyenne also recognizes how being in a group allows each person to supplement their weaknesses with their band members' strengths: "Rachel, she's the mature one. She's very business savvy -- all about answering the email. I'm the exact opposite; if I don't have to do any business, I'm happy. She's good at talking out business situations and handling situations I just can't. I'm really into my instruments more than anything."
Cheyenne isn't flying solo in her personal life anymore either, since she announced her engagement to singer-songwriter Casey Twist last month.