The three year wait is proving well worth it for Gloriana. The country trio's sophomore album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, hit stores today (July 31) to rave reviews. The project has already spawned the fastest-rising song of their career, "(Kissed You) Good Night," which is currently sitting pretty at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart.

Gloriana's Rachel Reinert, Mike Gossin and Tom Gossin had a hand in writing all 11 tracks on the new project, which they insist reflects a lot of growth since their 2009 debut album. "All you can hope to do in your sophomore album is advance your songwriting and advance your musicality better than your first album," Tom tells The Boot. "We definitely did that with this album. We love the first album, but that was then and this is now for us. Our lives have changed so much. We're the same people at our core, but our environment that we live in is so drastically different. This album is like a documentary of what's going on."

One of those drastic changes was going from a foursome to a threesome. Cheyenne Kimball abruptly left the group last year under mysterious circumstances. Her bandmates were understandably devastated, but later realized the change was a catalyst for taking the band full circle.

"In the end, we feel like we're getting back to our roots," Mike explains. "Tom and I moved here (Nashville) from North Carolina and met Rachel first. She let us move into her house with her because we didn't have any place to stay. That was really the core and the heart of the band, how we all started here playing bars. After everything that happened, we really feel like we're getting back to the core of this band and our roots."

"There's still that Gloriana thing that people will recognize from the first record," adds Tom, "but as we've grown up, our sound has evolved. It's still us, just the next chapter of us."

Gloriana will play songs from the new album at an exclusive party in Chicago on Aug. 4. If you can't be there in person, you can watch the live performance from the comfort of your own home. Click here for details.

Watch Gloriana's '(Kissed You) Good Night' Video

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