(Photo courtesy gregholdenonline.com)
(Photo courtesy gregholdenonline.com)
(Photo courtesy gregholdenonline.com)

By AMBER AINSWORTH, Staff Reporter

From his younger days in punk and metal bands, to a solo career that is more folk driven, Greg Holden has preserved through the obstacles to form his career.

Before recently signing with Warner Brother Records, Holden was forced to fend for himself in a world driven by money.

“I was a solo artist and I didn’t have any money,” said Holden of his career beginnings, “and it costs a lot of money to make albums and go on tour.”

For Holden, a self-proclaimed “control freak,” a solo career was his best bet for making the music he wanted without conflict, but with no help doing so, he was running the risk of giving up.

Still, he pressed on, making music and connecting with fans that inspired him to not give up on his musical dreams. He may have been struggling financially, but he was making music that allowed him to reach fans, something that ultimately propelled him forward.

“If I was connecting with that many people, that was kind of the only thing that kept me going,” he said.

While he was working on his own music, he also was making a name for himself through the music of others. Holden co-wrote Phillip Phillips’ debut single, “Home”.

Besides that, his music got a boost when the television show Sons of Anarchy chose his song “The Lost Boy” to be featured in an episode.

It was an important decision, as it “brought that song to the ears of a lot of people.”

For Holden, getting his music to as many people as possible is a huge goal of his in the near future, though he is well aware that is the goal of most artists.

“I would just love to be able to sustain what I’m doing and slowly but surely reach a bigger audience so I can have a career in this and not necessarily just one hit song,” said Holden. “I have no interest in being a one hit wonder or being like a flavor of the month.”

Holden remains patient, knowing that time is what it will take to truly make a career out of making music. With what he has already done and his deal with Warner Brothers, which came about when he wasn’t even searching for a record deal, Holden seems to be headed in the right direction.

The whole process of Warner hearing his music, signing him, and him meeting with everyone in the company is something he describes as being “organic.”

“That’s the way I kind of like my career to be; I don’t want anything to be forced,” said Holden.

You can check out Greg Holden, who is currently on tour with Delta Rae, when he plays at the Royal Oak Music Theatre tonight, April 23. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.axs.com/events/267716/delta-rae-tickets?aff=usaffbandsintown.