Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Britney Elizabeth Holman, USA, 03/28/1982

I was born and raised in Family City USA -Orem, Utah.

I always say I grew up Pink. Or in a pink bubble. My parents divorced when I was 8 and my mother, who was teaching piano at the time, started Mary Kay in an effort to make more of an income and be home with her children. We were surrounded by goal posters and the belief that we could do anything we put our minds to. The family motto was: “Dream Big.” My mom still does Mary Kay and has driven her pink Cadillac’s through the years.

My childhood experience was adventurous. We would hike, ski and ride bikes. We spent a lot of time playing outside. Being the only girl I was quite the tomboy. I played soccer and built forts with my two brothers. It paid off. I got through college on a soccer scholarship. I come from a long line of music lovers. My grandma said about her childhood, “we never thought of music as a talent, it was just a way of life.” Her family, like mine, would gather around the piano and sing. My mom was a piano teacher and I started playing piano at four years old and taking singing lessons a few years later. I wanted to be a singer and veterinarian when I grew up. I learned that Mozart started composing at a young age so I started thinking I could write my own songs too. I was always trying to write my own songs and sing to them. In elementary school I won the reflections competition with a song I wrote called, “Ocean Waves.” I was in a singing group called Celebration. I sang in plays and church and would often be the only child in the choir.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My stage name is Iris. I wanted to choose a flower because my grandma’s name is Lilac and all of her sisters and daughters have flower names. When I chose the name Iris I was living in Nashville at the time and found that Iris was the TN state flower. Also, Iris is the goddess who takes messages from God and delivers them to the people, which I thought was very symbolic as a songwriter. Basically, I felt like all things Iris applied to me.

I took piano lessons from four years old up through college. I took voice lessons when I was young and in college too. My minor was Music. I played in piano festivals growing up, earning superior ratings and receiving trophy’s. I played and sang in church. In college I was in a folk ensemble and sang in choirs and took guitar, organ and songwriting classes.

I also play, ukulele, melodica and concertina and I just got an accordion. We’ll see how that goes.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I am a singer/songwriter. I write catchy/upbeat indie-pop music. I’m a mixture of Sara Bareilles with some quirkiness of Regina Spektor and Norah Jones smooth vocals.

I often write about successful happy love, but love doesn’t always work out and often needs some fixing. “Dollhouse” is about a relationship that is falling apart and in an effort to save love she is trying to show her partner what is wrong and hopes he will wake up to helping her fix things.

I’m working on a music video.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I’m a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist specializing in catchy indie/pop music. I’m known for my hook-laden tunes with memorable melodies, smooth vocals and relatable lyrics. My influences range from the Beatles to Regina Spektor to Ingrid Michaelson.

After I graduated I moved to Nashville. I went from starving student to starving musician. I shared a one bedroom apartment for most of my Nashville experience and moved multiple times sometimes being asked to find a new place within a week. I was a nanny and a server at Chili’s for 7 years where I served artists like Wynonna Judd, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Jo dee Messina and Jerry Chestnut (Elvis sang his songs). Serving is no joke and I worked long hard hours and when I wasn’t working I was co-writing and recording and spending all the time, energy and money I could on creating.

I think I face the same challenges as most independent musicians of having to make money to survive and trying to do it through living your passion of doing music.

After hustling in Nashville for about five years I contracted a 15 song deal with Warner/Chappell’s TV and film library. For three full months, my music was the #1 most downloaded album in that library. Those songs have been played in various television shows around the world and can be heard from viral videos on YouTube to your local clothing stores.

My favorite moments as a musician is fan interaction. Connecting with others. I love when fans approach me after a show and tell me how they have had similar experiences and how much the songs touched them and spoke to them. I love it when I hear from fans around the world who have heard my songs on their favorite TV show or heard my songs on a commercial and liked it enough to search me out to tell me how the song affected them. That happened to me the other day with a fan from Argentina. He heard my song on a commercial and liked it so much and sought me out on Facebook to tell me. It made my day! I so appreciate that because I don’t always hear where my songs are being played and it motivates me to do more! Those are the crowning moments of what I do and what makes it all worth it.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I’m a solo artist. A few years ago I moved from Nashville to Utah and I connected with a band called Memoryfield. We have collaborated on certain projects and songs. Zac Bryant is on drums. Billy Preston is the guitar/bass player. Juliet Preston plays Rhodes and keys.

My co-writer Julia Audretch sent me some tracks we had worked on in Nashville. We used the celesta and strings and we built the rest of the track from there.

For this song, Dollhouse, we recorded the drums at Coldhouse Studio and did the rest in Billy’s basement studio, Wolf River Music.

I play the concertina in this song. This is the first song I have used the concertina in. That instrument is meaningful to me because I purchased it with an inheritance gift from my Grandma Pearl when she passed away to remember her by.

For the music video I’ll be recording myself in front of a green screen and we will use some animated pictures created by my co-writer Julia Audretch who lives in Nashville.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been involved in music since I was a kid. It has been 10 years since I made the big move to Nashville in 2007. I lived there for 7 years then moved back to Utah to continue pursuing music.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

First, I always joke that my goal is to change the world one song at a time. As songwriters, we have an ability and responsibility to inspire listeners. My hope and inspiration is to bring happiness, joy, encouragement to be better and love better. It’s my desire to contribute to the world in a positive way.

Other reasons. It’s an outlet. At times it’s about having fun and being happy and at times it’s how I heal through broken hearts. Also, I have to. My soul was made to create and so I would do it whether anyone listened or not.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Have a horrible breakup. JK. No, I don’t know if there’s one secret. It seems like it never works when you say, “I have to write a hit song.” You can start by having a catchy melody! I like to call a hit song an ear worm song. A song with a catchy hook melody that gets stuck in your head and has a message that people can relate to.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I’m kind of a jokester and like to call my fans Pupils. It’s very endearing. Get it? Iris…like the eyeball…and her pupils? So, talking to my pupils, I’d like to share a favorite quote. “Here is the ironic truth of human existence. No matter how great our accomplishments, it is ultimately other people who give them meaning.”  It is you that gives meaning to what I do and makes this all possible. Thank you. Thank you for your support. I love you and I love hearing from you. Please reach out.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

We all start somewhere. If you aren’t where you want to be just stay positive and keep creating. Be true to yourself.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Songs I have released from most recent to not so recent.

“Dark Matter” A collaboration with Memoryfield. Recently released.

 “Jenavieve”  A song I wrote for a friend I played college soccer with who passed away from a motorcycle accident.

“Crash and Burn” A collaboration with Memoryfield.

“Wolves” Featuring Memoryfield.

“Blue Sky”

“Melody”

The album I sold to WC’s private music library was in such demand they ended up releasing it on iTunes. It’s called Blue Sky by He&She.

The “He” of He&She is Stephen Estrada. We met in Nashville and collaborated and co-produced the album. He now lives in California. We have a collection of songs we have written together that I will be releasing next year.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Thank you to KRCL, SLC, UT who had us on the show last Friday! (11/3/17)

They invited me to send them “Dollhouse” and other songs to play on the show.

KTCV in Kennewick, WA who debuted a song at #8

WRFS SCAD Radio in Savannah, GA, WRIR Richmond, VA, WAIH Potsdam, NY, WHPK Chicago, IL, KRCX Denver, CO, KBVR Corvalis, OR, WXIN Providence, RI, KRUX Las Cruces, NM, and WVOF Fairfield, CT.

My songs have been placed in TV/Film and radio around the world.

So far, I know my songs have been used on Dr. Oz, The Food Network, House Hunters, Univison, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Rehab Virginia, Lekarze (a Polish TV show-like Grey’s Anatomy), To Nie Kniec Swiata, Prawo Agaty (all Polish TV shows).

I also speak Spanish and one of my Spanish songs was placed on East Los High-it’s a Hulu Drama Series.

Huffington Post viral YouTube videos “Puppies vs. Stairs” and “If it Fits I Sits.”

I’ve caught word that they have also played in local department stores: Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Victoria Secret, Chili’s…Hearing that it played at Chili’s is my favorite because I used to work there and tell myself, “one day my song will be playing in this restaurant.”

The first time I ever heard one of my songs was when I was at Victoria Secret. I jumped for joy.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I’m a melody girl. The creative process is different for everyone but I usually start with a melody. I will use a piano, ukulele or just hum a melody to mix up the process. Sometimes a melody will come to me right when I’m about to fall asleep and I’ll grab my phone and record into it. As far as lyrics, I start with a title and go from there. Sometimes I’ll free write and I’ll find song ideas through whatever comes out. I’ll use a rhyming dictionary, but I don’t try to write for the rhyme. I try to write what I want to say without the rhyme getting in the way. And that rhymed….

It’s important to remember not to edit everything that you’re thinking and just let go of the inner critic and let thoughts and expression flow. For me, that’s the trick to a creative flow.

When I record in the studio I like the lights low. Billy has these blue lights in his studio and I like to turn off the ceiling light and use the blue lights. It sets the mood. I try to think about what I’m singing and tap into the emotion of that. I usually drink herbal tea before we start. I’m a big fan of herbal tea!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

It’s hard to name just 5 but here goes:

Sara Bareilles

Beatles

Ingrid Michaelson

Dan Reynolds-Imagine Dragons

Norah Jones

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Stephen Estrada

Billy Preston

Juliet Preston

Julia Audretch

Tammy Jacobs

Susie Brown

Shantell Ogden

Kirsti Manna – wrote “Austin” by Blake Shelton

Brett Mandel

Jessica Frech

I would love to collaborate with Dan Reynolds, Jon McLaughlin, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton…just to name a few.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Website: https://www.officialirismusic.com/info

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irisditties/?ref=bookmarks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialirismusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/officiallyiris

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

“Dollhouse”:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/38tgzJie6LCYjKv4oLoCjs

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dollhouse-single/1301072608

Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/albums/B076VS4BSZ?trackAsin=B076VM21BD&ref=dm_sh_dm_wcp_shr_op_tr_search_c

“Dark Matter”

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-matter-single/1275771315

“Blue Sky” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blue-sky/861135990?i=861136031

 

He & She

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blue-sky/1269862375

“Jenavieve”

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jenavieve-single/1120901129

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day was becoming an Aunt!

The saddest day was when my grandparents passed away.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Ahhhh….such a good question. Buy a car! I need a new car!!!

As a musician and entrepreneur I make my own retirement plan so I would probably help that situation.

I would use it for some creative ideas I currently have that would need some $$ AND for sure help some family members and those who are less fortunate than me. I currently donate 10% of whatever I make to a church organization to help the needy where there is no overhead costs, so I would for sure like to give more to that!


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