Lightning struck when singer Allison Iraheta (“American Idol” Season 8 finalist and fan favorite) collaborated with producer and bassist / keyboardist Matthew Hager (Duran Duran, Scott Weiland, Simply Red). Their writing session was so dynamic and intoxicating that they immediately resolved to form a band. Together with drummer Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck, DMC of Run-DMC) and guitarist Brian Stead, the Los Angeles-based duo formed Halo Circus – boasting an infectious, unapologetic, bilingual alternative rock with seductive, powerhouse vocals.
“We wanted a band name that reflects the story of our experiences as a group – melding the sacredness of this project with the craziness and turbulence of our lives,” explains Iraheta. “’Halo Circus’ perfectly captures that essence.”
Allison’s parents immigrated from El Salvador to Compton, where Allison was raised, singer for her supper at the age of 8. From busking on the street, singing in bars and clubs, weddings and social gatherings in South LA, Allison gained a keen love for the traditions of her parents’ homeland and their adopted home. After leaving “Idol” and producing two Billboard charted pop records, Allison is now performing bilingually and producing songs in both Spanish and English. The band’s forthcoming indy rock album will be bilingual, as is their most recent video. She now proudly performs with a banner across her chest that reads “Immigrant”
The band released its debut album in 2015 with her now-husband Hager producing it at 76 Steps Studios with Gavin Lurssen (Elton John, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars) mastering the collection at Lurssen Mastering. “When I first heard Allison sing, I had to catch my breath,” shares Hager. “Her voice is so fragile yet powerful and beautiful and moving. She is an unstoppable force.” Allison and the band have booked their first national tour for this summer, released a new video, and are preparing for the release of their second album.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut album due out in 2015 with Hager producing at 76 Steps Studios and Gavin Lurssen (Elton John, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars) mastering the collection at Lurssen Mastering. “When I first heard Allison sing, I had to catch my breath,” shares Hager. “Her voice is so fragile yet powerful and beautiful and moving. She is an unstoppable force.”
Iraheta 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”: http://bit.ly/1sYG2py, 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?” (http://bit.ly/1BMeFS9) is included on Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran, released out in October. Indie giants Moby, Warpaint, Little Dragon and Carina Round also recorded tracks, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International.