J.R. Holmes

  • MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you Jamaal, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
    What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?

    • J.R. Holmes: No problem thanks for having this platform I’m happy to be here.

      Ive been a musician as long as I can remember. Both my parents were musicians. They actually met in college marching band. So I guess its just in my blood. My first Instrument was piano. My mother taught me to play when I was about 7 years old.

  • MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
    • J.R. Holmes: Earth Wind and Fire is my favorite band of all time! I love the melodies, the lyrics and the all around feel good sound to all of their music. They inspired me to have that same attitude when I write a song. Also Brian Mcknight has always been a vocal and lyrical inspiration to me. Luther Vandross is one of my favorite singers that I grew up listening to. His songs create emotion and I try to do that with my music too. I never try to copy or be exactly like anyone, but those artists defiantly helped mold me into the artist that I am today. I want my music to be meaningful and timeless, and my inspirations are in that timeless category.
  • MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
    • J.R. Holmes: I just don’t want to be a cookie cutter musician. My goal is to stay true to who I am as a musician. I really don’t care about being a superstar. I just want do music full time. Music is my first love and I want to make a living doing it. My long term goal is to have a reputation of creating music that never gets old. I want my songs to be played 20 years from now and people still enjoy hearing it.
  • MuzicNotez: You perform live a lot, what’s the greatest show you’ve done to date, and any pre-show traditions?
    • J.R. Holmes: My favorite show so far was definitely the Cruise performance. I was booked on a 7 day cruise of the western carribean, and got to perform. The stage was amazing, the audience was very receptive and it was the most fun i have had on stage in a long time. Not really any traditions yet but I do always pray before I go on a stage no matter how big or small.
  • MuzicNotez: You’re from Charlotte, North Carolina, what’s it like for an independent artist like yourself there?
    • J.R. Holmes: Yes Charlotte is my hometown, great city to grow up, but I no longer live there. The resources are limited there for an independent artist to stay motivated.(although I hear its getting better) So i moved to New York City in 2008 to dedicate myself to my dream. I got into the Open Mic scene, networked with other musicians then started recording at professional studios. I recently have relocated to the Washington DC area.
  • MuzicNotez: Being an independent artist can be difficult, what have you learned so far that aspiring artists can learn from?
    • J.R. Holmes: It can be very stressful! I have learned that everyone that you encounter in this business does not have your best interest at hand. I have been scammed, promised this and that, with no results. Everyone wants a dollar and lots of people out here prey on hungry artists. All I can say to other artist just getting in the game is to stay focused, don’t quit, and do everything you can on your own! We would like to believe a million dollar deal will fall out the sky. Reality is…if it does you have to earn it and invest a lot of time and your own money to get there.
  • MuzicNotez: The second single release off of your EP ‘Hold On’ is called ‘The Truth’. What’s the inspiration behind this song, and what does it mean to you?
    • J.R. Holmes: The Truth was inspired by a past relationship. It’s basically me hyping myself up, to tell my girl that I had not been faithful. I was working hard on music, out in the nightlife a lot and letting alcohol get the best of me sometimes… (laughs) I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to. It’s me being honest with myself. The chorus is asking “can you handle the truth… if I ever told you?” I think we all know that most of the time people can’t handle the truth when it’s not something they want to hear.

  • MuzicNotez: What are some projects that you’ve worked on in the past that you’re particularly proud of?
    • J.R. Holmes: My last project that includes the “Hold On” EP is one I’m very proud of. I wrote every track on the Album. I produced or co produced every track. It gave me a chance to really discover what I could do and who I was as an artist. My two debut singles “100%” and “The Truth” are both from that EP.
  • MuzicNotez: What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?
    • J.R. Holmes: My music video for “The Truth” is the next project. This will be my first music video and finally give my fans a chance to actually put a visual to the music. I’m back in the studio working on my first album. I’m collaborating with other artists and writers and will finally sing a song or two that someone else wrote. I’m very excited about that! I’m putting a lot of time and thought into my first full album so be on the lookout for that.
  • MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
    • J.R. Holmes: Just a big thank you to my fans, friends and family who have been so supportive of me following my dreams. Music is something that means a lot to me, its how express myself; I’m just grateful that people are receptive to it and are enjoying it.

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