Actress Hayley Orrantia has been making music since she was a kid and The Goldbergs star is taking her talent on the road for her first-ever headlining tour. The Strong, Sweet, and Southern tour kicked off last week with fans getting a taste of her country/pop sound.
“I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve been super excited about it,” Orrantia told Amplify. “Brennley Brown from season 12 of The Voice has been opening for me and it is her first tour. We’ve been having a really good time, learning as we go.”
The tour, named after her 2016 single, is on route to Maryland, New York, Virginia, Georgia, and more.
“We’re ending it on May 19 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. We started it in Dallas, where I’m from, and are ending it where I live now,” Orrantia said.
Orrantia lives in Nashville while she is on hiatus from filming The Goldbergs in Los Angeles for ABC. When in Nashville, the singer/songwriter dedicates her time to creating new music with top producers and songwriters such as Corey Crowder (“Losing Sleep,” Chris Young), Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flats), and Liz Rose (“Girl Crush”).
Orrantia considers her sound pop country with singles “Love Sick” and “Until Then” and includes elements of blues and other southern influences. She draws inspiration from contemporary country artists like Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini, as well as her personal favorite Rascal Flatts.
“I really do love Kelsea Ballerini’s music. Her first EP, every song I wished I’d written that,” Orrantia said. “Growing up, I listened to a ton of Rascal Flatts. They’re still one of my favorite go-to bands to put on. Gary (LeVox)’s voice is just incredible.”
Of Musgraves, Orrantia said “I love how comfortable she is with herself. She owns her own thing and doesn’t worry about the politics of the industry at all. I really admire her for that.”
For her first live tour, Orrantia is bringing an overall country feel to the stage even playing Ryman Hospitality’s new Opry City Stage in New York.
“It’s definitely more country leaning. Brennley Brown, who is opening, has that traditional country sound and a little bit of Dolly Parton in her voice. She is only 16 years-old but has quite a set of lungs on her. Having her open for me brings you right into the country vibe,” Orrantia said.
Orrantia plays a mix of covers and original songs, some that have already been on the radio and streaming services as well as a few that she expects to release in the coming months.
“While on this tour, I know a lot of the draw is from The Goldbergs but I am performing a lot of original music that people have heard and a lot that they haven’t heard as well as a couple of covers,” Orrantia said, adding “It’s a cool way for me to introduce my music and feel out which songs resonate with the audience. Thankfully they are the ones that I have recorded.”
Being on The Goldbergs has given Orrantia a much larger audience for her music career. With five seasons under her belt, the show has taken advantage of Orrantia’s talent and helped showcase in various scenes including an upcoming number scheduled for the May 2 episode.
“The character originally was not musical at all. When I was booked on the show, I mentioned to the producers that I do music and told them that if there was evey an opportunity for me to play a song, even in the credits, I would love that opportunity,” Orrantia said.
Her character, Erica Goldberg, performed a cover of “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” for a talent competition in season one and has since sang multiple times on the series.
Orrantia added “It went over really well and they kept having my character do more to the point where now her whole thing is wanting to do music. It has been a great way to combine the two things that I like doing the most.”
The next stop on Orrantia’s tour is Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland with 13 more dates scheduled and the possibility of additional stops. Tickets for the Strong, Sweet and Southern tour can be found on Orrantia’s website.
April 21, 2018 Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head On Stage
April 22, 2018 New York, NY Opry City Stage
April 25, 2018 Washington, DC The Hamilton Live
April 26, 2018 Wilmington, DE The Queen
April 27, 2018 Richmond, VA The Camel
April 28, 2018 Bluffton, SC The Roasting Room Lounge
May 3, 2018 Milwaukee, WI The Northern Lights Theater
May 4, 2018 Highland, IN The Room
May 5, 2018 Bloomington, MN Mall of America
May 10, 2018 Green Bay, WI Backstage At The Meyer
May 11, 2018 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino
May 17, 2018 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
May 18, 2018 Macon, GA The Crazy Bull
May 19, 2018 Nashville, TN The Wildhorse Saloon