Bad break-up inspires Holly Rey’s new musical offering
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Johannesburg - Singer and songwriter Holly Rey celebrates 10 years in the music industry by releasing her second EP, Unconditional, a follow-up to her critically acclaimed first EP, You.
Inspired by a bad break-up last year, the EP’s original theme took a 360-degree turn – moving away from the love stories for which we have come to know Holly Rey, forcing her to look inwardly, to learn what unconditional love for herself means and thus giving birth to the five-track EP.
Rey, who entered the industry at the age 14, says although all her music thus far has been from the heart, this is a much more honest body of work that reflects where she is authentically.
“And that’s the sentiment you’ll get while listening to it, an EP filled with more mature content, and I believe that my fans are going to grow with me on this project,” she said.
“The common theme that is carried right is that of self-love. Often we get confused by the world and forget to love ourselves, and that is what I want this EP to be a reminder of.
“That while we express unconditional love for others, we must extend the same love to ourselves,” said the 24-year-old muso.
Dubbed “the Deep House Diva”, Rey shares that the house music genre has always been at the centre of her growth from a young age, and having that sound and movement form a big part of her musical journey and as a person, it has been a fulfilling ride.
“Although people got to know me overnight, there was so much hard work that went into crafting my career.
“As an artist, I don’t think you ever feel like you made it, because you’re always redefining your goals. But when I look back, the hard work has been worth it and I am grateful for where I am today,” she said.
“Ten years later, I think I’m more sure of myself as a brand and sure of my sound. I’ve had so much time during the lockdown restrictions to work on music and solidify what I want to do moving forward. And coming out of Covid, I am sure of it.
“For a while I got really consumed by the hype and I wasn’t investing enough time in making music with meaning and lockdown reminded me how important that is.”