Grammy nod propels Red Lion’s Halestorm to select status in York County history


Grammy-nominee Halestorm played York Fair in 2009. Here, members from left Joe Hottinger, Josh Smith, and Lzzy Hale are backstage just before stepping up to perform. Also of interest: Check out these famous faces of York County, Pa. and Check out this list ready for induction in a York County Arts & Entertainment Hall of Fame .

Halestorm is a hard rock band, with Red Lion roots, that features a brother-and-sister core: Lzzy and Arejay Hale.

Many history afficionados might not be familiar with the act.

A last week’s Grammy nomination placed these young performers into York County’s elite among entertainers through the ages, as this flipsidepa.com story indicates:

“With it’s first Grammy nomination, the hard rock band Halestorm joined the ranks of other York County music giants, including Del McCoury and Dominick Argento.

“Halestorm was nominated Wednesday night in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category for its song “Love Bites (So Do I).” Other nominees in the category are genre heavyweights Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson.”

Up there with Megadeth, Marilyn Manson.

That’s a different crowd than past winners have moved with. An sign of change in York County.

Those past winners?

Check out these York County Grammy connections, courtesy of flipsidepa.com:

Yvonne Koyzis, a classically trained opera singer, grew up in Chicago, where she earned master’s degrees in opera singing and music education from Northwestern University. She sang for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which earned a Grammy in 1997.

Koyzis, who moved Stewartstown in 2002, is also a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences, which nominates and votes for Grammy winners.

Dover native Christopher Thorn played guitar in Blind Melon. In 1989, the members met and formed the band in Los Angeles. The group earned two Grammy nominations in 1994 for Best New Artist and for its song “No Rain.”

Tim Warfield, a saxophonist and York native, has played on several Grammy-nominated recordings, including Stefon Harris’ “The Grand Unification Theory,” as well as “Dear Louis” and “Sonic Trance” with trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Warfield will perform Dec. 22 at York’s Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.

William Penn Senior High School graduate Dominick Argento won a 2004 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for “Casa Guidi.” The composer and singer has been nominated for a handful of other Grammys through the years.

The Del McCoury Band won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2005 for “The Company We Keep.” According, to the group’s website, it’s racked up nine Grammy nominations through the years.

Kennard-Dale High School graduate and Miss York County 1990 Amy Perciballi now lives in Phoenix and sings in the Phoenix Bach Choir. In 2007, the group’s album “Passion Week” was nominated for four Grammys, including Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, Best Surround Sound Album and Best Engineered Album, Classical. Perciballi and some members attended The 50th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in 2008 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And for the record, here’s a brief history of Halestorm:

1997: 13-year-old Lzzy Hale decides to start a band with her brother, Arejay

During the next decade, Halestorm played locally and regionally, booking up to 200 gigs a year

June 2005: Halestorm signed with Atlantic Records

April 2006: Halestorm releases its first EP “One and Done”

April 2009: Halestorm releases its first full-length album, “Halestorm.”

2010-2012: Halestorm releases two EPs and a live album.

April 2012: Halestorm releases its second full-length album, “The Strange Case of”

Wednesday: Halestorm receives its first Grammy nomination for hard rock/metal performance.


Halestorm’s official video appears on YouTube.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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