Up and coming artist Abby Holden hails from New Zealand and has been building quite the fan base among the London music scene where she is receiving radio play on independent stations. Music has always been a part of Holdens’ life, as she was a classically trained pianist from the age of 6. This fun loving, charismatic, and talented artist is taking the world by storm and opens up to PYNKlipstick about her musical journey and the impact she hopes to make.
PYNKlipstick: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Abby: Wow, I have far too many to list. The genres I love are rock, indie/pop, soul, rap, Motown, jazz and country. Whitney Houston was a huge influence on me growing up. People like Evanescence and Paramore make me want to be a rock chick. Luther Vandross, Bon Jovi, Muse….I could go on forever.
PYNKlipstick: If you had to describe your music in 3 words, what would they be?
Abby: 3 words..3 whole words… digestible pop fun. A friend of mine once described it in 6 words…’like Kris Kross but not shit’. Yeah….ask him about that.
PYNKlipstick: What can people expect to see at your live performances?
Abby: Me, a guitar and a microphone playing acoustic versions of my songs – if there’s a piano I’ll play that too. Oh and lots of smiles (I even have all my own teeth). Sometimes I’ll ask people to dance – they don’t like that much and opt for singing instead. Do I dance? There’s no need to subject people to that.
PYNKlipstick: As an up and coming artist, how do you hope to empower and inspire your fans?
Abby: Last night after my set at The Scratcher Bar in NYC – a musician came up to me and said I’d inspired her to write again, because she doesn’t see many female singer/songwriters at live shows. That in itself made my night. I think allowing yourself to do the things you love, gives others the permission to do the same. That’s how I hope to inspire my fans.
PYNKlipstick: If you had the opportunity to sing one song that would leave a great impact on the world today, what would it be and why?
Abby: Eva Cassidy’s music was introduced to me a few years back – and there is one particular track on the compilation album Songbird. It’s called ’I know you by heart’ and when you really listen to it, it could make you cry. That’s saying something because it takes a lot to make me shed a tear. You can apply that song to many situations. I love the structure of it, how it’s not so mainstream. It’s very pure and touching.
PYNKlipstick: If you could perform with anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Abby: You know, when I was growing up I loved Mariah Carey. There, I said it. Actually, I could see that singing a show with her might end up in a high pitched squealing duet and we’d probably both be shot. So – I would love to perform with India Arie. That woman has a very cool smooth voice, and her songs are so easy to vibe to. India sings empowering songs, and writes the kinds of lyrics others may see as embarrassing to confess to – ”When I look into the mirror and only one there is me, every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be.”
PYNKlipstick: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Abby: Holding a guitar singing to a stadium filled with people. This time with a band and more instruments than we really need.
PYNKlipstick: What message do you hope listeners take away from your debut album, Flipside?
Abby: That you can be yourself, and say things however you want to say them. Whether you’re praised or challenged for this just shows people are listening.
Recently, Holden had the opportunity to bring her music to New York, performing in various venues such as Café Vivaldi, The Bitter End and even on the street for the Occupy Wall Street regime. She shares this exclusive experience with PYNKlipstick readers below:
“Yesterday I went down to where the occupy Wall Street protesters hang out – hoping to see heaps of people but things have been quiet there lately. I had my guitar on my back and was greeted by Hamish Kilgour (drummer for the punk band The Clean from NZ as I found out) – he invited me into the cordened area where there were still about 15 protesters. I took a gamble about the humor of these people and stood proudly on a raised section (which I was subsequently told to get down from by security) and sang Ginger Pubes are Amazing. They kept sitting there (probably in utter shock) which allowed me to launch into I Want You Back by the Jackson 5. Two people joined in the singing. Then it was on to Free Falling and we had more singers…it was fantastic! I’m not sure it was a protest at all. People were there sharing coffee, youtube clips, stories – and one security guard even had a song request for me!”
Follow this link to view Holden’s unique performance:
For more information on Abby Holden and her personal blog, you can visit her website at http://abbyholden.com. You can also view a special acoustic version of her single, Flipside, below: