Siblings Arejay and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hale have been actively writing and performing original music since 1997 when they were 10 and 13 years old, respectively. Both brother and sister started learning piano at the age of 5; Lzzy later progressed to a keytar and Arejay to the drums. Lizzy took guitar lessons at 16. The teen siblings released an EP titled Don’t Mess With the Time Man in 2000. In Halestorm’s earliest incarnation, Lizzy and Arejay’s father played bass before Josh Smith joined the group in 2004. Guitarist Joe Hottinger joined in 2003.
The group signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records on June 28, 2005 and released a live EP titled One and Done. The EP, now out of print, featured an early live version of “It’s Not You”. Their self-titled debut album was released on April 28, 2009. The song “I Get Off” served as the album’s lead single and has gained heavy radio play. Both the song and video for their second single, “It’s Not You”, were released in late November 2009. In early 2010, the band released a promotional music video for their song “Love/Hate Heartbreak”. Their most recent single, “Familiar Taste of Poison”, was released in 2010. The official music video was released on August 10, 2010.
Lizzy Hale’s use of Gibson guitars is well known; models she plays includes the Tribal Flying V, Gibson Explorer, Les Paul Custom, Firebird and the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker. Arejay Hale was featured in the June 2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, and is endorsed by Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Pro-Mark Drumsticks.
Halestorm is well known for their near non-stop touring, often performing as many as 250 shows a year. Since 2006 they have toured with many hard rock and heavy metal acts including Chevelle, Seether, Staind, Papa Roach, Trapt, Three Days Grace, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Disturbed, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, Hellyeah, and Heaven & Hell.
Halestorm appeared on the first annual Rockstar Energy drink Uproar Festival with headliners Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold; plus Stone Sour, Hellyeah, Hail the Villain, Airbourne and New Medicine. In October 2010 Halestorm will be making their first trip to Japan to participate in the 2010 Loud Park Festival.Halestorm will embark on the 2010 Taste of Chaos tour alongside headliners, Disturbed, as well as support acts, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry.
On November 16, 2010 Halestorm released a live CD/DVD entitled Live in Philly 2010, which was recorded at The TLA in Philadelphia in early 2010. From various Twitter posts, mainly from Lzzy Hale, it appears that Halestorm is recording demos for their next studio album. On March 22, 2011, Halestorm released an EP called ReAnimate containing covers of songs of different genres, including “Out Ta Get Me” by Guns N’ Roses, “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, and the first single “Slave to the Grind” by Skid Row.
In a recent interview the band stated that during their recent break they recorded two new songs in LA that will appear on their new record. They also stated that that they will finish recording the new album after Avalanche Tour.
In August 2011, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale announced the album is currently halfway done. The album should be ready to be released in early 2012.
On December 9th At The Val Air Ballroom In Des Moines Iowa Lizzy Hale Announced As Of December 8th Their New Studio Album Has Gone Through All Stages Of Completion And Due Out In 2012.