Acoustic-pop material, combining a unique melodic blend of rhythmic vocal and guitar delivery with refreshingly insightful lyrics. Now with four compelling albums released (Break the Mould July 2013, Miss Naive November 2012, interchange November 2009, One Road May 2008) and a Diploma in Creative Enterprise gained in 2009, Holly Christina also runs a guitar and songwriting tutoring business GatSong. With her music taking her to the US a couple of times in 2011, she continues to break the mould in the music industry with another independent release for this new album. Break the Mould features 12 songs, including the single Toy, with 6 songs from the BTM Tour, and other epic ballads. Miss Naive has 14 songs, including recent singles Image, Jane Austen and Competition. The music video for Image (November 2011) was filmed in iconic parts of Los Angeles like Malibu beach, Hollywood Hills and Rodeo Drive and captures the beauty also of Auckland's Kohimarama and Mission Bay beaches. The single Jane Austen (January 2012), another catchy acoustic-pop story song, takes us on a quirky journey between the time frames of the 2000s and 1800s. The music video, taking artistic license with costumes and locations, attempts to create the contrasting worlds in the song, incorporating imaginary scene references from several Jane Austen classics. Holly Christina's music video released in April 2012, The Victory, brings the first song from her album interchange to life. Filmed entirely on location in the Auckland Museum, The Victory is a sensitive visual journey. Competition the July 2012 single and music video, was released in time for Wimbledon, the London Olympics and the US Open, and is a multi-level take on competition in life. All music videos for the singles can be viewed on YouTube.
Performance experience includes the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2011, playing and singing the National Anthem; Auckland Council St Heliers Bay Carols By Candlelight 2011 and 2010; Botany Town Centre Christmas Festival 2010; U.K.-based City Showcase Festival in Napier, November 2010; Auckland Museum ANZAC Day 2009 and 2010; Tokio Hotel on Darling Harbour, Sydney, June 2010; NZ Parachute Music Festival, Mystery Creek 2009 and 2010; Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Regatta, Viaduct Harbour 2009; schools, auditoriums, festivals, markets, bars, street performance; Balcony TV Auckland July 2010 and Nashville at the Hard Rock Cafe in May 2011; other Nashville venues like the famous Bluebird Cafe, Hotel Indigo on Union Street - writers in the round, and Richard's Cafe in Whites Creek; Malibu Annual Chilli Festival in California performing as a Malibu City Song finalist, September 2011. The Break the Mould Tour was the performance focus throughout 2012 – taking encouraging and challenging songs and messages to school students throughout NZ, and continues in 2013.
Song awards include Unite winning Play it Strange Peace Song Award 2008; Wait for the Rain winning Quay Street Auckland City KFC Sounds From Your Hometown 2008; The Victory winning the Auckland Museum ANZAC Day War Poetry Competition 2009; The Victory shortlisted Top 30 International Category of Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest, August 2010; Hey Malibu selected Top 5 for Malibu City Song Contest 2011.
Media experience includes Television New Zealand One News interview/performance clip, December 2010; interchange album featured as Kiwi FM indie album of the week (with live in-studio radio interview) February 2010; NZ Music Month 31 Bands in a Box, (two filmed and live-on-air songs) May 2010; interchange album featured on Homegrown show on NZ's Rhema (recorded interview) August 2010; NZ's Rhema/Life FM Homegrown interview and in-studio song performances for Break the Mould Tour March 2012; Malibu Times interview/article, August 2011. Holly Christina's songs The Victory, Imaginary Boyfriend, Aisle of Unknown, Forget it All, Too Many Thoughts, My Shipwreck and Bargain Hunter have all had some radio exposure. The Image music video plays on the C4 Television music channel and The Victory music video was included in the 2012 ANZAC Day official NZ television programming on Maori TV. NZ Musician magazine has reviewed the One Road and Miss Naive albums, the latest in Fresh-Cut NZ Music Releases for December/January 2013.
With her years of local and international experience, and a recognised quality songwriting and performance package, Holly Christina delivers a fresh sound with her latest albums Break the Mould and Miss Naive. Look out for new music videos throughout 2013, as Holly Christina continues in her uncompromising quest.