BC-based artist, Holly Hyatt has released her single, “River Flows” which is off of her debut album, Wild Heart that will be released in May 2019.
Holly shares on the single,
“The river always grounds me and connects me to my home, and I really wanted to express that in this song.”
We had a chat with Holly for our newest segment of Five Questions With, so take a listen to the single below and find out more about her while you’re at it.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Holly Hyatt. I live in a small rural community called Winlaw, in the West Kootenay’s of BC. I am a singer, bass player, songwriter and full-time musician. I am also a Mother of two beautiful children, and my Husband and I own a small acreage, so we garden and homestead. I love to get outside and hike, rock climb, travel and cook up yummy eats!
I have released three previous blues and roots albums, as part of the duo Holly and Jon. River Flows is my debut single release as a solo artist. It is one of the twelve songs that will be on my debut album “Wild Heart” that I am releasing in May 2019.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I try to write and perform songs that have a lot of feeling. I want my listeners to feel the emotion and soul in my voice when they hear me sing and connect with that. On River Flows the vibe is mellow soul/Motown, but with some acoustic instruments like guitar and piano to make it more earthy.
I generally come up with bits of melody, lyrics or a groove on my bass and then build the song up from that. I like to write intuitively, get it all out and then go back and edit if necessary.
I came up with the chorus lyric and melody for River Flows when I was on tour and going for one of my morning walks. I was feeling a bit homesick and my walk led me to the river. My property in Winlaw is on the Slocan River, so it was really comforting and inspiring to be by the water. When I got back to my hotel room I was humming the melody for River Flows and feeling much happier.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I have a show in Nelson, BC on October 26th opening up for Canadian Blues Man JW Jones. I will be performing with my four piece band. I front the band, sing and play bass.
My live performance is super uplifting, soulful and fun. It has a lot of dynamics to it because I have some really funky, bluesy dance material and then I will bring it down to just myself on bass and either guitar or keys and play some R&B ballads. I love to connect with people through music and really feel like the new songs I have been writing for my album are “the songs I was born to sing!”.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
River Flows of course:) this song is definitely one of the most personal songs on my album.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I love Frazey Ford’s “Indian Ocean” album. Seeing how she mixed Folk, Soul and Motown really inspired the vibe for River Flows. Daniel Caesar, Desiree Dawson, K-os, Colin James, Sue Foley, Tanika Charles (she is Amazing!) I also love a lot of roots and alt-country artists like Kathleen Edwards, Ridley Bent, and of course Neil Young.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.