with special guest: Christian Lopez
Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status.
In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart.
The band landed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart again in 2018 and 2019 with Volumes I, II, III, and IV of a clever EP compilation series titled “Elements.” In February 2018, “Water,” landed on the Billboard Country Albums chart at #9 and at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart along with making their debut on the most revered stage in country music, the Grand Ole Opry. In September of 2018, “Wind” landed at #1 on iTunes country page and #11 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. In February 2019, Vol. III “Fire” landed at #5 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and #46 Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. The collectible compilation series ended with “Earth” which again landed at on the charts at #15 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Album chart.
Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and was a pioneer in themed cruise experiences by co-founding “The Rock Boat,” a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist interaction. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media. They have since made their Grand Ole Opry debut and shared the stages with country music superstars at The CMA Festival, Tortuga Music Festival, among others. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block and the Band, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.
About Christian Lopez
Christian Lopez (born August 1, 1995) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Martinsburg, West Virginia. His mother, a music teacher, steeped him in piano at age of 5 and guitar soon after. He began songwriting in his early teenage years and in 2014, Lopez signed his first record deal with Blaster Records. At 18, he recorded his first EP,”Pilot”, followed by his debut full length album, “Onward” in 2015, both produced by Grammy Winning producer, Dave Cobb. (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile)
Known for his love of the stage, Lopez and his band toured relentlessly, headlining their own shows and stepping out to perform alongside national & legendary acts. Then in September, 2017, Lopez released his 2nd full length album entitled, Red Arrow, this time with producer Marshall Altman. The Album features include Vince Gill (“Still On It’s Feet) and The Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale (“Caramel”), recorded at Nashville’s BlackBird Studios. Rolling Stone says, “Lopez could connect the dots for many young listeners.”
Now at 25 years old, Christian is preparing for the release of his 3rd full length album, “The Other Side”, out March 5th, 2021. (Produced by Robert Adam Stevenson). Over the course of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lopez released a slew of songs off his upcoming record, engaging his fans with elaborate videos for each. Listen & watch his single release “I Don’t Mind”, available now.