Sound Off: Holly Clough

Song: Monte Carlo

Bio

Holly Clough is an eighteen year old singer-songwriter. She was born on December 22, 1997. As a young girl, she was very energetic and had a cautious but yet determined sense of mind. Through most of her early years she spend a great deal of time with her grandmother, who was an avid country music lover and a singer herself. 

During the Christmas that she was ten, she got a electric guitar that she'd been asking her parents for what seemed like forever. Within a week, she started her first guitar lesson in the attic of an old music store, with a teacher who happened to be a local city council member. After almost a year, the guitar teacher left and assigned Holly to a new teacher, who was a young singer-songwriter attending college. After a few lessons, the teacher started to notice that Holly had a great interest in music and had a bigger capacity for learning and understanding music than most of her other students that where well into high school. While Holly was still only in fifth grade, her music teacher started to teach her the lessons that she had been taught the previous day at the college she was attending. To her surprise it took little to no effort for Holly to understand what she was trying to teach her. Soon Holly and her teacher where found working out her college music homework problem s together. 

Throughout school, Holly was very shy and timid. She didn’t really have any friends and considered her only friend to be her cat, whom she adored. When Holly was eleven she was given a cellphone by her parents. Since she had no use for the cellphone she started to find use for it. At age eleven, Holly started to call major record labels in Nashville with a pitch saying: "Hi. My name is Holly. I'm eleven. I'm looking for a record deal." Although most hung up, she still persisted for months trying to get a label to recognize her. She soon realized that that wasn't going to work.

As an outlet to having no one to talk to and no one to relate to, Holly, at age eleven, started to write. She wrote about everything, her day, her problems, her feelings, and in some cases her sadness toward not being understood. One day she found herself humming something out that had popped in her head, then she sang it, and after a couple days of it still lingering there in the back of her mind, she wrote it down. From there she started to become a songwriter. It became a soon addiction that she never could get enough of. 

After a mess in the school system Holly's parents decided that it would be of their best interest to homeschool her through a private school out of Pennsylvania. Through the Pennsylvania school, Holly received the highest of credits in music appreciation and creative writing with the averages as close as being a perfect 100%. At this time Holly was coming to the age of being fifteen. At fifteen is the time most kids take driver's education. Holly told her parents that she didn't want to take driver's education, but instead take vocal lessons. With her parents consent she cashed her saved funds for driver’s education for a semester of vocal coaching at a elite local private music school. 

Through vocal coaching, her teacher also started to notice something different about Holly. Holly quickly grasped what took many people years to achieve in only weeks. Her voice teacher often would try to challenge her. After teaching her control through the song "All Through The Night" she decide to teach her "Dona Nobis Pacem" which was sometimes used for soprano auditions. To the teachers surprise, Holly started to conquer it very quickly. At the end of the course, the teacher wrote a letter to her parents summing up her thoughts toward the semester, and she wrote: "Holly is a remarkable young lady. She has a sweet voice and a disposition just to match.” 

In early 2015, Holly graduated high school in a class of 32 students that stretched around the globe. She graduated a year and three months early and received two diplomas; one of high honors through homeschooling and another of honors through the Pennsylvania school. Since then she has continued to pursue her career as a country artist.

Song Lyrics

I was finally fed up with the week
Done with the people and everybody walked over me
Abruptly I looked to the sky
Jet streaming flying high
Brought me right where I am tonight
Spreading my wings so I can fly

Sunkissed you can capture the rest. 
You know it's better yeah better when wet
Like a water color painting you can hold in your hands
A little piece of paradise that's holding you holding you in
You want to go where the oceans always open
Extended stay for only you to know
Pretending you're like in Monte Carlo

You can call me I'll just say I'm somewhere
laying down in the sand with the fresh air
And all you want is a vacation
Sick and tired of everyone's complaining
So picture it right here with me
Staying the day in an all year long summer breeze

Sunkissed you can capture the rest. 
You know it's better yeah better when wet
Like a water color painting you can hold in your hands
A little piece of paradise that's holding you holding you in
You want to go where the oceans always open
Extended stay for only you to know
Pretending you're like in Monte Carlo

You can travel the world if you just close your eyes
You dreams ruch into the sky and you're still flying high
Like Monte Carlo
Like you're in Monte Carlo

Sunkissed you can capture the rest. 
You know it's better yeah better when wet
Like a water color painting you can hold in your hands
A little piece of paradise that's holding you holding you in
You want to go where the oceans always open
Extended stay for only you to know
Pretending you're like in Monte Carlo

Like Monte Carlo
Like Monte Carlo
Like you're in Monte Carlo