THE LIFE AND LYRICS OF CHRIS HOLLACHECK
Born in New Bern, NC and raised down a 7 mile dirt road deep in the woods, Chris Hollacheck grew up in the kind of setting you’d picture being in a country song. His musical journey started very early when he learned cello at 3 years old! Chris has also played piano, trumpet, baritone, and bass guitar and performed doing singing and acting in numerous plays all before the age of 18. After graduating high school, he picked up guitar in college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. It was there that he discovered his passion for songwriting and singing country music. Once he graduated college, he moved to Nashville in 2014. After a couple years of playing open mics and writer rounds and working odd jobs, Chris decided to leave Nashville and travel the country. He started venturing in Florida and then Texas, where he played more frequent shows and gained a diverse group of fans. During this time, he released his first radio single “Knotty Thing” in January 2019. After 2 years in Texas, he decided to move back to Nashville where he ended up taking his music further. Chris released “But I Did” in January 2020, which hit #2 on the Indie World Country Charts. He's released other great hits since like “Phoenix In The Fire," "Open Road", and "Til You See The Pines." In Jan 2022 he released the upbeat love ballad "I'll Ever Need," which is quickly gaining momentum. Look out for a lot of hits in 2022!
How are you feeling about your work lyrically?
Very satisfied! I take a lot of pride in my lyrics and consider them my biggest strength in the musical process.
Do you feel a push or a pull when it comes to writing right now?
Lately I’ve kind of strayed away, focusing more on marketing and transitioning out of my day job and into music full time. I do need to give myself a kick in the rear end and dedicate an hour or two in these coming days to not leave my house or scroll through my phone until I’ve finished a song!
Are all your writing sessions collaborative or do you go off on your own as well? Do you have a preference?
I’ve always done my work the best alone. Not just for music, but many other things in life. I’m an extroverted introvert and I feel total freedom in these alone moments to do what I want, when I want. However, with that being said, I am always open to cowrites, as long as the other person/people are open minded and don’t try to dominate the song too much. Cowriting should be an equal effort between all parties.
Do you ever compare the work you bring to the table? How does that benefit or distract from your common goal of making great music?
I feel like my writing improves more and more with every song. I have had a bad tendency in the past to put down my older songs, but now I look at them as stepping stones to get to where I’m at now and take pride in them.
What are your favorite lyrics from your new music?
First verse of “I’ll Ever Need”
We’ve seen each other for a while now
But something about you still stands out
Maybe it’s those glazing eyes
That makes me feel like I’ve won a prize
Or how the sun kissed you with its light
Just like I’m gonna do tonight
And when that moonlight gives that special glow
I’m gonna see just how far I'll go
Is there anything off the table when it comes to bringing yourselves into your music?
I try to put all of myself into each of my songs! I like meditating before I write to really channel what message I want to get across. I try to avoid writing solely to make a song a hit. My intent is to write from the heart and let the rest fall into place!
Leave us on a high note! And share some good news!
I’ve got another single releasing in March (can’t reveal the name yet)! I’m also forming some summer tours with my team! We’re currently working on one in Texas and one in the midwest, but shooting for other places as well. I’m also transitioning into doing music full time again! There’s no better feeling than doing what you love for a living