LANCO announces debut ‘Hallelujah Nights’ album

Rooted in the southern storytelling of country music with the modern punch of rock and roll, Hallelujah Nights (Arista Nashville) serves as LANCO’s coming-of-age debut album, out January 19th. Equal parts nostalgic and forward-thinking, lead singer Brandon Lancaster wrote all eleven songs and found success breathing new life into universal themes. Simultaneously, LANCO’s first-ever No. 1 “Greatest Love Story” reigns at the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart for its second consecutive week, while the gold hit also claims the top spot on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart today. Hallelujah Nights is available for pre-order in limited edition bundles through Sony Nashville and all retail partners beginning Friday, December 1st.

“We all go through more of the same experiences than we realize and songwriting is a process of observing those moments,” states Lancaster. “Our stories have different people, different names, different places, but they all have the same emotions attached to them. It’s not fantasy-related. To me, this album is about glorifying the reality of life.”

Fans can experience a first taste of the new music off Hallelujah Nights with a four song video trailer that’s was revealed with Billboard.

“There’s a story in the song, but that’s not the basis of the song,” Lancaster tells The Music Universe exclusively of “Greatest Love Story.” “The basis of the song is ‘we could meet in between, we were gonna be the greatest love story this town has ever seen.’ For me, the song was really just about compromise and two different people kinda meeting in the middle and finding love through that. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I kinda wanted to write a song about two people from two different backgrounds finding each other and how that panned out.”

LANCO’s story begins in the small towns where all five bandmates — Lancaster, bassist Chandler Baldwin, multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton, drummer Tripp Howell and lead guitarist Eric Steedly — were raised. Spread across Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, they lived normal lives full of late nights, long weekends, hard lessons and young love. Alongside award-winning producer Jay Joyce, LANCO focused on capturing the spirit of their exuberant live shows, sharing the same goal to make everything sound authentic and human. If a particular song didn’t click, LANCO would take it on the road and perform the new tune every night until things fell into place.


1. Born to Love You
(Brandon Lancaster/Ross Copperman/Ashley Gorley/Josh Osborne)

2. Long Live Tonight
(Brandon Lancaster/Jason Reeves)

3. Pick You Up
(Brandon Lancaster/Jeremy Spillman/Ben West)

4. Greatest Love Story
(Brandon Lancaster)

5. We Do
(Brandon Lancaster)

6. Trouble Maker
(Brandon Lancaster/Jay Joyce/Jeremy Spillman)

7. Singin’ at the Stars
(Brandon Lancaster/Jeremy Spillman)

8. Win You Over
(Brandon Lancaster)

9. So Long (I Do)
(Brandon Lancaster/Melissa Fuller/Jay Joyce)

10. Middle of the Night
(Brandon Lancaster)

11. Hallelujah Nights
(Brandon Lancaster/Jay Joyce/Jeremy Spillman)

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