Roy Holdren

A finalist in both the John Lennon and CMT/NSAI song contests, and with over twenty independent artist cuts of his songs, Roy Holdren has been honing his craft as a songwriter since the last millennium. He commutes regularly between his home in Minnesota and Nashville to write and pitch songs. As he likes to say, "I don't have any major cuts but I have some pretty good bruises". He is also a coordinator for the Twin Cities Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.


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Name of Press Contact: Roy Holdren 
Date: 5/18/2020
Phone: 952-881-4365

Roy Holdren uses “Virtual Barroom Choir” on new single “Alcoholiday” 
• Unable to gather people in a studio because of Covid 19     
• Had fellow musicians and fans send recordings of themselves singing song from home     
• “Alcoholiday” lead off single from concept album “Once Upon a Time in a Barroom”      

Bloomington MN – 
Like everyone else, singer/songwriter Roy Holdren found himself in a bind when every day life was halted  by Covid 19 in mid-March. His concept album Once Upon a Time in a Barroom was completed except for background vocals. For his lead-off single “Alcoholiday”, he’d planned on getting friends and fellow musicians into the studio for a big sing-along of the final chorus. With no large gatherings of people recommended and nonessential businesses shuttered, it looked to be a long time before his project could be wrapped up. 

”I’d been working on this project for ten months and to be stopped this close to the finish line was frustrating” 

Holdren found a work-around in modern technology. He had begun daily Facebook live broadcasts of a ‘Happy Half Hour’ to help people with the boredom of quarantine. He and his wife were going live from their home bar on Saturday nights for their ‘Hunker Down Happy Hour’. He invited listeners of both shows to record themselves singing along with the chorus on their phones and send the audio files to him. Those, combined with recordings from musician friends gave him the fourteen voice “Quarantine Choir” heard on the record. 

“The phone recordings were just what the song was looking for. Not pristine. Lots of room noise. Mixed up words. It sounds like a bunch of people singing in a bar.” 

“Alcoholiday” is a song written by Holdren and Nashville songwriters Jeff Walter and Steve Mitchell about someone heading to the bar for a “liquid vacation” from the troubles of the world. The single will be available for listening on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, and other digital outlets July 3. 

Roy Holdren is an award winning songwriter and professional musician from the Twin Cities who travels regularly to Nashville to write with and pitch his songs to country artists there. He has had over twenty songs recorded by independent artists and is co-coordinator of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.