Local singer-songwriter defines “up and comer”
Singer-songwriter Courtney Holder’s been writing songs since she was thirteen, a fact that becomes more impressive when you learn that this was less than a decade ago. To her credit she’s got immense skill as a songwriter, a beautiful mastery of her guitar, and a voice like coming home. Young, talented, and surely up-and-coming, Courtney Holder is worth a listen—and then several more after.
A Chattanooga native, Holder has played at the Granfalloon, Barking Legs, and, this Sunday, at the Chattanooga Market. She’s made herself known outside of her hometown too, playing at famous venues like The Silver Dollar Saloon, Tootsie’s, The Bluebird Café, and the Row in Nashville. She states on her Facebook, “I have a strong passion for sharing my music with those willing to listen and connecting with people through my words.” Early 2015 saw her living out that passion, recording new music at Warner Robins Studio in Nashville.
Don’t let her Chattanooga roots, her sweet Southern drawl, or her acoustic guitar fool you: you don’t have to be a country fan to be a Courtney Holder fan. Holder credits Norah Jones, Stevie Nicks, and Jewel as her inspiration, with lyrics that are “anything but sugar-coated,” her Facebook page warns. She’s not wrong: her lyrics are written based on life experiences, and she speaks with refreshing honesty and charming wit.
Come hear Courtney Holder this Sunday at the Chattanooga Market, and in a couple years, you’ll get to say you saw her before she was famous.