Precocious Rock Singer/Songwriter Griffin Holtby Brings the Heat on Emotive Video  “The Fire” 

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“Even without personally feeling the harmful effects of addiction, “The Fire” serves as a gut-punching, lyrically-clever, head-banging track, sure to leave a lasting scorch. ” (American Songwriter)

“Many listeners will be impressed with the depth of soulfulness in Holtby’s voice. It is a quality that, like the aforementioned overall feel of the track, comes across as something natural rather than put on or stagy. He never has to push his voice into uncomfortable territory and invests the lyrics with confident authority that never threatens to become strident. His voice has a streak of blue running through it; Holtby can invoke melancholy without ever sounding melodramatic and managing its degree in such a way is one of the hallmarks of a gifted singer. The occasional backing vocals built into the track are a welcome addition.” (Hollywood Digest)

 Experiencing more in his lifetime than people twice his age, precocious and passionate, 20 year-old, Dallas, Texas-based rock/pop/blues artist Griffin Holtby announces his single, “The Fire”  from new EP, The Hell Series, due out early 2021.  Adopted by an American couple at just eight months old from Russia, Holtby has since lived in southern locales, such as San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Dallas, Texas and has more to tell than  his average peer. He first learned about the transformative power of music at the age of seven after hearing seminal rockers Cream, courtesy of his father. Holtby embraced his destiny in making it as a musician and songwriter early on, writing original music throughout middle and high school, creating material with sensibilities far ahead of the typical purview of young adults.  Though most teenagers go through a period of rebellion and “finding oneself,” Holtby found himself going to an extreme, putting his family through ‘Hell,” hence the name of the EP.   As a result, he  learned to use songwriting as a tool for catharsis and a creative medium as a form of therapy.

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Holtby states that “The Hell Series includes three songs I wrote during a period when I was really struggling.  My teen years were rough due to a personal identity crisis I experienced because of my adoption from Russia.  At that age, I couldn’t understand why I felt so bad about myself, but it was pain stemming from abandonment and attachment issues.  All I knew is that I was struggling to know who I was and where I came from and why I felt like I didn’t fit in.  Many adopted teens go through that.  You don’t feel connected to anything.” Additionally, Hotlby became enamored with a boy book series when he was young including Harry Potter and The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  Through that he got the image of Hell and the underworld. On an IGTV  session, Holty revealed,  “I became familiar with the idea of hell through these book series I used to read as a kid. Authors never know how they will influence a songwriter by the images they create.”  The new three song EP centers around themes of maturation, and contains tracks “This Ain’t Hell”, “The Fire” and “Diamonds and Gold”.

On his new single “The Fire”, Holtby sings about “addiction and love and how those things are intertwined. It’s based on a codependent relationship I had at the time, a relationship I had when I was fighting with and trying to push my family away.  Teens with abandonment challenges stupidly do that until they realize their parents will always be there for them.”

Holtby’s influences span across genres and generations.  Growing up listening to icons like Jack White, Dave Grohl, and Kingfish Ingram, Holtby developed a deep passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Throughout his teens, he found great admiration for pop artists and bands like Maroon 5, Jack Johnson and John Mayer.  He has been a part of multiple bands and projects, and has gone on several US tours with stops at legendary venues like Whiskey A GoGo in L.A., UndergroundArts in Philly and Trees in Dallas.  Many listeners will be impressed with the depth of soulfulness in Holtby’s voice. It is a quality that, like the aforementioned overall feel of the track, comes across as something natural rather than put on or stagy. He never has to push his voice into uncomfortable territory and invests the lyrics with confident authority that never threatens to become strident.  Holtby’s diverse musical background and Dallas roots combine when finding his authentic voice in “The Hell Series”.

Holtby has been consistently outspoken about his struggles with depression, anxiety and abandonment issues.  He was recently a part of the “Living with Purpose” program on iHeartRadio.  Holtby always reminds his teenage listeners, “If you feel like I did when I was 14, the most courageous thing you can do is to get help”.

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