A country trio with a bright, upbeat sound and fine harmonies, Runaway June was formed in early 2016.
The trio consists of Naomi Cooke on lead vocals and guitar, Hannah Mulholland on mandolin and vocals, and Jennifer Wayne on guitar and vocals. Cooke was raised in an Amish farming community and was one of 11 siblings. Mulholland was originally from Malibu, and works in visual art and posts a cooking blog when not busy with music. And Wayne is the granddaughter of Hollywood icon John Wayne
; Wayne was also a contestant on the reality TV series The Amazing Race, and previously worked with the group Stealing Angels
. The three began working together in January 2016; Rob Hatch from Wheelhouse Records
saw Cooke perform at a showcase, and asked her if she'd be interested in writing songs with Wayne. Wayne had already been working on songs with Mulholland, and when the three writers and musicians met, they hit it off. Hatch liked what he heard from the trio, and wasted no time signing them to Wheelhouse
and taking them into the recording studio. Runaway June's first single, "Lipstick," was released in May 2016. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi