Today I want to introduce you to the incredibly talented Courtney Holder! We talked about who Courtney is, her musical influences, The Blubird, and more! Read the interview below to find out what all she had to share with us!
NN: Can you tell us a little bit about you? Where did you grow up? How you got into music? Anything that helps us know who Courtney is!
Courtney: I’m an 18 year old singer/songwriter, chasing my music industry dreams! I spent my early childhood in Jasper, TN where I was born. My Dad’s job moved us to Tampa, FL for three years. It was there that I got involved in musical theater and commercial acting. In the 5th grade, I moved to Chattanooga, TN. I got involved in acting again, but never felt like that was my true calling. In middle school, my parents encouraged me to take guitar and vocal lessons, and I fell in love. Since then, I have written many songs, and improved my musical skills. In February of 2015, I played my first full 3 hour show by myself. In March, I quit my job at TJ Maxx and my parents gave me a few weeks to book paying gigs or I had to get another job. Sure enough, I’ve been playing music full time since then.
NN: There are a lot of women in country music, how would you describe your sound and how you are different from all of the others?
Courtney: My music is not traditional country. In fact, I started out playing modern country, but my genre has now evolved into Americana/Pop. I’d say I’m a lot different from your average female country singer because I don’t always follow the music rules. My music is best described as Stevie Nicks meets Jewel with a country flare.
NN: Where did you find your passion for music? Who were your musical influences?
Courtney: I have a lot of musical influences who inspire everything I do, in my career and in my day to day life. A few of my inspirations include Stevie Nicks, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Jewel, and Kacey Musgraves. Kacey’s music inspired me to always write the truth, and let people say what they want to say about it. Stevie Nicks is more like my “attitude” inspiration. My closest inspiration is my Dad because he loves music as much as I do, and he is the person who strongly encourages me to stay true to myself when performing and writing.
NN: You've played some famous venues such as The Bluebird, Tootsie's, and more, what is your favorite famous venue to play and why?
Courtney: My favorite famous venue I’ve played is the Bluebird, because each time I walk in there, there’s a sense of community, opportunity, and magic in the air. At the Bluebird, you have success at your fingertips. If you’re there at the right time and you give the judges your best performance, you’re bound to get noticed. I’ve auditioned for their Sunday Writer’s Night twice now, and I finally got accepted to play there on February 28th at 8 PM.
NN: If you are in the Nashville area you should definitely check out this show and show Courtney your support!
NN: In early 2015 you released some new songs, what is your favorite song you've ever released and what is the story or meaning behind it to you?
Courtney: I did release two singles this year, “Drinkin’ Ain’t Enough” and “Unburned”, recorded at Warner Robins Studio by Trinidad Sanchez. Since then I have experienced more, and written a lot more, so my favorite songs haven’t been recorded yet but I hope to have new material to release in 2016! My favorite song I’ve written is called “So It Goes”, and I can’t wait to share it soon.
NN: If you could do a collaboration with anyone who would you choose and why?
Courtney: I would choose Stevie Nicks. She has a certain energy about her. I think she is someone who would be life changing to meet, and especially to perform with. I would be most excited to write a song with her because she is my favorite writer. I saw her in concert this year and her words changed my life.
NN: If you were going on a road trip and could only take one country album to listen to the whole time, which one would you take and why?
Courtney: I would take Chris Stapleton’s new album “Traveler”. In my opinion, it’s the best country album I’ve ever listened to. Every song makes your really feel. When I listen to it, one minute I can feel super happy and tap my feet, then “Sometimes I Cry” comes on and I get chills.
Courtney- Thank you so much for taking the time to do an interview with me! It means so much!
Readers- Below are Courtney's social media links so make sure you follow her!