Sep, 23   Stinger University of Wisconsin – Superior's student voice


Scar­letta, a Nashville country/rock trio, rocked the Yel­low Jacket Union on Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 20th with a  60 minute set. The band is off to a great year with over 150 shows and has been a part of the NACA (National Asso­ci­a­tion for Cam­pus Activ­i­ties) cir­cuit to over 100 uni­ver­si­ties from coast to coast. They con­tinue to strengthen their tour­ing pres­ence at clubs and the­atres through­out the coun­try and I’m happy they made UWS one of their stops. They are def­i­nitely a band to go see if you like great coun­try music with an elec­tric stage presence.

The band is from Nashville where they have been work­ing with Grammy Award-winning pro­ducer Black Chancey. They have been in the stu­dio with a new pro­duc­tion team of Stef­fon Hamu­lak and Eric Tor­res of The Desert Enter­tain­ment. Scar­letta is com­posed of the fid­dle player Nathan Stoops, gui­tarist Benji Har­ris, and lead singer Emilee Allan. Emilee is the new cen­ter­piece to the band with her amaz­ing lead vocals. Accord­ing to their band web­site the band is a big believer in that every­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and is con­vinced that Emilee has come to them at the per­fect time. Nathan and his fid­dle bring flare to coun­try music that makes him one of the best fid­dle play­ers in Nashville. Benji is an accom­plished band­leader who blends his lead vocals very well with his gui­tar play­ing. Scar­letta was included in Bill­board Magazine’s Top 10 Coun­try Artists to watch in 2013 and their sin­gle “Right Here right Now” is def­i­nitely reel­ing in some attention.

8 o’clock was show time and the lights went off for Scar­letta to take the stage at the Union. The band started the night out with high energy and just happy to be rock­ing the stage. Emilee was light­ing up the union with her pow­er­ful vocals and great stage pres­ence. You can tell that every­one in the band enjoys play­ing with each other when their jam­ming out with their backs against one another’s and huge smiles on their faces. The drum­mer and the bassist looked like they were hav­ing fun as well. What I really enjoyed about watch­ing this band is that they used up the whole stage and was really hav­ing a blast play­ing the music their so pas­sion­ate about. Nathan and his fid­dle could have been heard all over cam­pus, but hear­ing and see­ing is two dif­fer­ent things. You have to watch this guy to really feel the power com­ing off that fid­dle. His sound works great with every­thing else in the band and I believe that sound is what truly makes them stand out in the coun­try music scene. Benji also had a great stage pres­ence and really blew up the stage with his unique style of gui­tar play­ing. He was all over the stage and was really rock­ing out with his band mates. Benji also has a great voice that really adds some­thing spe­cial to the band, which wouldn’t cre­ate the sound that Scar­letta has with­out him. The band played some of their hit songs which included “Want Me”, “Right Here Right Now”, and “Island Fever”. They also cov­ered the song “Foot­loose”, which was absolutely great! I really enjoyed their twist on that song.

Before I knew the night came to an end and Scar­letta had left the stage. They were more than grate­ful to have played at the Uni­ver­sity and I hope to see them back in the area soon. Before I left the Union was able to talk to Benji, the gui­tarist. He was telling me that their main focus right now is just tour­ing and their hav­ing a blast doing it. He was also talk­ing about some of the bands that they have opened for. They have opened for Colt Ford, Thomp­son Square, and used to be the backup band for Bo Bice from Amer­i­can Idol. After talk­ing to Benji, it sounds to me that they are well on their way to the top and they won’t stop till they get there. Over­all it was a great show despite the small crowd and the sound tech­ni­cian hav­ing trou­ble keep­ing the micro­phones at level. I look for­ward to hear­ing more about Scar­letta and their suc­cess and wish them the best of luck for the future


Sep, 01   Amazing Trio Band Scarletta

Scarletta is embarking on a new journey featuring new lead singer Emilee Allan. The band is coming off an amazing 2013 with over 150 shows and expecting even more in 2014. The band has been a Nashville mainstay for the last 2 years working with Grammy Award-winning producer Blake Chancey. They are now in the studio with a hot new duo production team of Steffon Hamulak and Eric Torres of Sea The Desert Entertainment. The band is a big believer that everything happens for a reason and is convinced that Emilee has come to them at the perfect time. The new recordings are a blend of self-written material as well as songs from some of the best writers in Nashville. Scarletta performed the NACA circuit to over 100 universities from coast to coast and continues to beef up their touring presence at clubs and theaters throughout the country.

The band is composed of the trio fiddle player Nathan Stoops, guitarist Benji Harris, and lead singer Emilee Allan. Nathan is a classically trained violist that brings a flare to country music that makes him one of the best fiddle players in all of Nashville. Benji is an accomplished bandleader who blends his lead vocals as effortlessly as his harmonies. Emilee is the new spark plug that is the lead singer and dynamic centerpiece of Scarletta.

Scarletta was included in Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Country Artists to watch in 2013. Their first single to country radio, “Right Here Right Now,” reached number 28 on the Music Row Radio Chart. Scarletta wrote the single with rock personality Paul Taylor (Winger, Alice Cooper) who co-produced the track with Blake Chancey.

Scarletta looks forward to seeing you on the road soon.