At the beginning of 2018, Holland recorded her new EP in the famed Village Studios in Los Angeles. Since then, she has been busy gigging, composing, and working with her band in Charlotte. Holland draws from many musical influences that include Norah Jones, Adele, and Maroon 5.
Holland has always been a lover of all things music, recalling many fond memories of singing along and dancing to The Beatles with her father and Sarah McLachlan with her mother. “The One” is dedicated to not just her five-year relationship, but the heartache and anxiety that she experienced when they encountered a period of time when they had to live apart from each other. The EP title, Retrovision, calls to mind looking back, reminiscing about the past and longing for something in the present or future. Holland was inspired and wrote most of the EP’s songs during this period.
Holland discusses the personal narrative of Retrovision:
“I went through a period in my life right after I graduated from college that was a rather lonely but awakening experience for me. I spent a lot of time away from people I loved – some of the people that I was closest to in my life. What seemed like a difficult time was actually very self revealing.”
She continues, “With that being said, I had more time on my hands to write music. So that is what I spent all of my time doing. I submerged myself in what felt like a dream-world. The music that I created is the silver lining born from the dark cloud I felt like I was flying through. That period of isolation not only changed me as a person, but it changed the entire course of my life. I was able to create something very special and meaningful to me. Something that reflects not only past experiences that I was reminiscing about, but future experiences that I fantasized about. All in all, yes, I went through what felt like an emotionally difficult time in my life. Many people would say that is when good music is created. I guess that I learned to be grateful for the experiences I have had and the people who were there, even when they weren’t, because it all brought me to where I am now.
Stay tuned for more from Holland as she releases more songs from Retrovision, and takes a step into the national spotlight with “The One.”
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