“I was at home like everybody else [during the pandemic], experiencing the first couple of weeks of fear, anxiety and watching my livelihood be completely canceled, and I was living in that doomscrolling headspace, and then I get a sweet call from my friend (Runaway June’s) Jen Wayne, and she changes my life overnight,” she told Music Row. “It gave me a whole energy shift. I got to go from worrying about the future to dreaming about the future again.”
Since its formation in 2015, Runaway June has wowed country music listeners. After opening for Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360, finding radio success with their single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” and securing a slot to open for Luke Bryan’s Proud To Be Right Here tour, the female trio was having an incredible year.
However, as the world was forced to adjust to the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, Runaway June had to adapt as well. When founding member Hannah Mulholland decided to leave the group to be with her family in California, fellow members Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne knew there was only one person who could fill her spot: Natalie Stovall. Natalie recalls receiving the invitation to join Runaway June as “a gigantic blessing.”
During the pandemic, that wasn’t the only call she got with an exciting opportunity. She was also asked to help fill in on Opry Live which is being livestreamed to the world on Saturday nights without a live audience. She hosts the livestream part of the show this summer while television and radio personality Bobby Bones handles the tv portion. Natalie also shows people the great places to experience in the south as host of Southern Weekend.
With tours postponed, Runaway June is also working on a Christmas album. In the meantime, catch Natalie on the Opry livestream on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter each Saturday at 8/7 p.m. Central and as she continues to host Southern Weekend on Circle TV.