The anticipation is growing for Greg Holden.
The British singer-songwriter’s plate is full.
He’s starting a tour with Butch Walker.
He’s finishing an album.
And after the monthlong tour is over, he will be getting married.
“It’s like a bachelor party on the road,” he says during a recent phone interview. “All kidding aside, there is a lot of chaos in my life right now. Each one is a good thing, I just have to remain calm and take one thing at a time.”
Holden’s finished recording the tracks for the album.
But he’s taking his time deciding which ones to use.
He’s released two singles – “On the Run” and “The Power Shift” – recently, which give a glimpse of the direction he’s going with the record.
“There are too many songs to choose from,” he says. “This process is always tough for me, because I want everything to make sense. That’s the most difficult part.”
Holden is no stranger to the business side of the music industry. He’s remained an independent artists for the majority of his career.
He is best-known for writing “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips’ hit debut single, “Home,” which sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. and earned him an ASCAP Pop Award.
His music has also been featured on notable television shows, including “Sons of Anarchy,” “Private Practice” and “One Tree Hill.”
Despite his impressive accolades, Holden nearly gave up on the music business in the early days of his career.
After self-funding his Tony Berg-produced sophomore album, “I Don’t Believe You,” in 2011, the label due to release it folded, thus the promotional efforts for the record.
He then went into debt during a sold-out tour of Europe, so much so that he basically called it quits while on the road.
He has now found his footing with “The Power Shift” and “On the Run.”
With “The Power Shift,” he wrote a political, call-to-action track.
He calls out the widespread inequality many Americans endure at the hands of those in power.
“I was trying to manifest a collective call on the, for lack of a better word, bullshit. I think it’s important that when someone is lying to you, you call them out,” he says. “I was getting tired of screaming into the social media echo chamber and really wanted to put my frustrations into a song that wasn’t so toxic. I’m under no illusion that this is just a song, but it’s better than a tweet.”