Hi Christina, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been good! Loving life!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everybody Knows”?
Everybody Knows is a very special song to me. It helped me come out of my comfort zone and show the world a different side of me. Even though the song is still just me, a acoustic guitar, bass, and djembe, (like all my other music), the stacking of my vocals really brings this song to life more than any other song I’ve ever written.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My trip out to Standing Rock to help peacefully protest the Dakota Access Pipeline was the inspiration behind this song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
There will be a video! And the crazy thing is, I filmed it, directed it, and edited it. This will be another big step out of my comfort zone and will show another creative side to me that no one has ever seen.
The single comes off your new album The Beautiful Struggle – what’s the story behind the title?
Life is a beautiful struggle, no matter who you are and where you are from. There are terrible things in life but there are also incredible things. And these songs show stories of my life from all aspects of my life.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was incredible. I got to work with my good friend Warren Huart (who also helped record my second album) and I always have an amazing time working out of his studio.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
I wouldn’t say that at all. But I would say I dove deeper into these songs then I have ever before. I talk about things I’ve never talked about and let people deeper into my soul.
What role does Rhodes Island play in your music?
I truly don’t know where my music would be without Rhode Island. I wrote and played music since I was 8 but it wasn’t until I attended the University of Rhode Island that he was able to step out and share it to the world thanks to my roommate. She caught me singing in our dorm room and encouraged (forced hahaha) me to do an open mic night on campus and the rest is history.
As a label owner – how does these helps you understanding and moving through the business of music?
I feel as though it helps me in many ways. Since I am the owner and sole operated of my label, I have had to learn so many sides of the music industry most people wouldn’t know unless they were in my position. Everything from pre and post production, marketing, graphic design, websites, booking, and so much more. Owning my own label has given me the drive to learn every aspect of music.
What was the journey you went through this record?
These songs are as current as a year old and as old as 12 years ( Four Leaf Clover and Here to help). The journey of this record was a few years in the making and was a true beautiful struggle. I was sick every time I went into the studio to record and was worried the whole time that it wasn’t going to become what I had envisioned it to be. But at the end of the day, I am super proud of how it came out and the work that went into it. These songs definitely show many side of my soul.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The inspiration for these songs and lyrics were really all just from my life. Every aspect of it. All my music is inspired by my life and the highs and lows that come from it.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am always on the road somewhere. Next up is Salmonfest in Alaska and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a festival. I’ve never been to Alaska and am making it a fun family trip with my wife and kids so we can enjoy it together. Then I will be playing at Shangri La Festival and Vibe High Festival. You can stay up to date with my touring in my website.
What else is happening next in Christina Holmes’ world?
Mainly touring this record is what’s up next. I will be heading out on the road with some of my friends and musicians I’ve wanted to tour with for a long time so stay tuned for those to be announced. Plus I will be releasing some new music videos for some songs of the record that I feel people will really enjoy.
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