Royal Holland is a singer-songwriter from Newport, KY playing dreamy folk rock songs about love and loss since early 2014. He is desperate to create elaborate, visceral, truthful musical stories in every new song. He stands upon the shoulders of his heroes of the art form; Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith and Jeff Mangum among many others, and draws inspiration from the terribly beautiful and wonderfully horrible events of daily mundane life. He wants us all to feel beautiful and free.
Growing up in a small farm town, Royal started piano lessons at age 7 during which he begged his instructor to teach him how to write a song. Since then, Royal has always taken solace in writing songs. It got him through being an outcast in his formative years, becoming a single dad at a young age and two failed marriages. He continues to write songs that will connect with those of us who can't quite seem to find their place in this life.
Royal has led two bands over the past 14 years, but has recenty branched out as a solo artist. He has been featured on CMJ.com, WNKU, Relix Magazine's CD sampler, the Sonicbids Blog and numerous other local and national press outlets, shared the stage with Reggie and the Full Effect, Samantha Crain, and many others, released a trilogy of E.P.s titled "The Unfolded EP Trilogy" (recorded and produced by Grammy winning producer Brian Olive), begun work on both a full length live album and a follow up concept album, cut a Nashville demo on Music Row, logged over 15,000 touring miles and won The 2014 Ohio Music Award for “Best Folk Album”