When I first saw Halo Circus at a club in LA, my head swiveled around as I said who-is-that? I had not heard anything like it before, and the visual spectacle was impressive. Now I know why people say lightning struck when singer Allison Iraheta (“American Idol” Season 8 finalist) joined with producer and bassist / keyboardist Matthew Hager of Duran Duran. This band is extraordinary, and I see a lot of bands so that is not idle talk..
Together with drummer Veronica Bellino of Jeff Beck and DMC of Run-DMC and guitarist Brian Stead, Iraheta and Hager formed Halo Circus and launched an infectious, unapologetic, bilingual alternative rock that seduces you with melodies and blows you away with powerful vocal and beats. And out in front and leading the way is Iraheta, a virtually unstoppable force.
This is not Iraheta’s first success. She made “The Tonight Show” history in September 2013 by being the only guest vocalist in Jay Leno’s 21-year tenure hosting the show to sit in for full a week run with the Tonight Show Band. Shortly after that landmark stint, Halo Circus released an album teaser track in October 2013 of the sultry “Gone”, that Queen’s Adam Lambert calls, "A heartfelt cut brimming with emotional depth."
Halo Circus’ lithe and luxurious cover of Duran Duran’s “Do You Believe In Shame?” is included on Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran, due out in October. Indie giants Moby, Warpaint, Little Dragon and Carina Round also recorded tracks, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. And in November, Halo Circus will be setting sail on the first-ever Grammy Festival At Sea: Women Who Rock! cruise alongside Heart, Emmylou Harris, Joan Osborn, Estelle, Skylar Grey and more.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut album due out in 2015 with Hager producing at 76 Steps Studios and we may get a peek at what’s coming this week on Music FridayLive!