A deeply personal project, HOLLYN's new EP features six "stories" that she co-wrote to reach those who have experienced loss or felt alone. The reception of these songs has proven, once more, that she's an incredibly gifted songwriter. Her delivery of those songs makes them accessible to a wide audience.
"I often reflect on the times I've been alone and those moments when I was trying to figure it all out," shares HOLLYN. "By sharing my story, my grief, my abandonment, my freedom, my thoughts, my emotions... I hope that might bring someone a sense of comfort that they've been waiting for. Because, you see, we are not alive to fix people's problems, but to empower and (live?) love alongside them in the way they should go. If you, your friends or family struggle with mental health, emotional health or trauma - I pray this project meets you right where you're at whatever your situation is and that it brings you encouragement to keep taking steps towards freedom."
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A Fantastic EP| Posted December 01, 2019 What You Need To Know:
A deeply personal project, Hollyn's new EP features six "stories" that she co-wrote to reach those who have experienced a loss or felt alone. Hollyn has personally said that this is a story from her past and she is letting go of the pain a man brought her. She hopes this project titled bye. sad girl. will help those who have felt any sort of hurt feelings that comfort they've been waiting for.
What It Sounds Like:
Hollyn has released six different songs related to a past relationship of hers. It is more mainstream but it has a very good story behind it. She uses the guitar heavily in all of the tracks. She has a very pop sound to her music and writes outstanding lyrics that tell a different story about the same theme of broken and healed relationships.
Hollyn's new EP is geared more to mainstream audiences, and while there is no talk of God, there are plenty of lyrics that could refer to Him. For example, the song "I Don't Know If We Can Be Friends," Hollyn sings, "If you told me that you love me Why'd you leave? Why'd you leave?" Sometimes we feel like God has forgotten about us and he doesn't love us anymore. We may feel abandoned and not cared for. Yet in Jeremiah 31:3 it says, "The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." God is there always and it's up to us if we allow Him to be there with us through the struggle.
Best Song on the Record:
The best song on the record is "I Don't Know If We Can Be Friends." It is one of the most played songs and can be taken in so many ways. It can help you through a rough friendship, break up or fight. The song talks about frequently asked questions like, "Why'd you leave?" and "Why'd you lie?" These songs may reach teens and young adults figuring out life, but it is made for anyone in need. All of these songs are amazing and fantastically written, but "I Don't Know If We Can Be Friends" has stood out the most to me.
Hollyn's new EP, bye. sad girl., will definitely become a favorite of many and she will continue to grow in her music. I think we can expect so much more amazing music from her. This project has and will continue to help others know they are not alone and they can get through any pain and hardship that may come their way.
Hollyn Says Bye to Depression| Posted September 03, 2019 What You Need To Know: Twenty-two-year-old Holly Miller (Hollyn) knows what it's like to go through depression and anxiety, especially after a breakup. That's the reason for her new EP, bye, sad girl. This new six song project is Hollyn's way of saying 'bye' to the depression that took over her life after breaking up with her boyfriend.
What it Sounds Like: This EP is different from anything else I've heard in the CCM world, but is also some of the best songs I've heard from Hollyn. These songs have a great sound, and although this is more of a mainstream release, all of these could reach people that are going through things that have left them broken. Each song tells the story of the highs and lows that happen when we break up with something (or someone) that has been tearing us down. The first track, "i feel bad for you," has a fun EDM vibe to it, and speaks of how once we get rid of the things that are tearing us down in life, it will, in the end, bring us higher than we were when we were clinging to whatever was breaking us.
Spiritual Highlights: The verse that comes to mind listening to this EP is 1 Corinthians 15:33, which says "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'" It's easy to be deceived in bad relationships, thinking that we can fix the person with our good morals. But it turns out, they'll ruin us. Verse one of the song "isn't it harmless?" sings, "Back to the place, I go back to the place / where you told me you loved me / said I was queen of your world, yeah / I thought we were somethin', somethin' / you gave me shelter / you gave me room for my imagination / you expect me to believe it was all an illusion / it's you you're confusin' / it's you you're confusin." We can easily go back to the times we were told we were loved and safe by the person that's hurting us and think we can work the relationship out, but it turns out we just need to cut it out in our lives. "i don't think we can be friends" speaks of this same theme.
Best Song on the Record: My favorite song on this EP would have to be "i feel bad for you." It's definitely a fun song with the pop sound that Hollyn brings with all of her albums. Although it's hard to choose a favorite, "i feel bad for you" is one that stands out for me!
Final Word: This new EP is one that I think we've needed in the Christian music genre for a long time. It's a relatable topic for many people, and I'm sure it will have the power to reach listeners in all walks of life. If you're going through a situation - whether it be a breakup that led you down into depression and anxiety like it did for Hollyn, or you're fighting your own insecurities - this album is one to listen to. It's time to say "bye" to what's breaking you inside.