Wednesday, September 27, 2023
– Big Loud Records signed Zandi Holup to its roster of recording artists.
Holup's first offering, "Gas Station Flowers," arrives Oct. 6. Recorded at Music Garden Studios, the song was produced by Al Torrence, producer and guitarist in Charles Wesley Godwin's backing band, The Allegheny High, who also played on the recording.
"I feel blessed to be working with a record label that doesn't try to intervene with my creation, but gives me the tools to create my art in a larger way," said Holup. "From the beginning, Big Loud has seen me for who I am, my vision and never asked for me to change, but to keep going while they support me."
Her first and only release to date, "Wait for You," amassed more than a million streams with no promotion outside of her TikTok following.
"After no more than 10 seconds into hearing Zandi sing for the first time, I knew in my bones that I had to find a way to support, champion and collaborate with her," said Nate Yetton, VP of A&R. "We are so thrilled that she's chosen to entrust her prolific artistry and treasure trove of repertoire to us here at Big Loud."
"Finding and developing great talent is critical to the Big Loud way," CEO/Partner Seth England said. "Zandi has a truly unique voice and sharp pen. We're honored and excited to invest in her development and help bring her songs and her perspective to the world."
Born in Pennsylvania, Holup began writing songs when she was 12. She drifted through the Northeast, then to the West Coast before relocating to Nashville six years ago to pursue her musical dreams. Inspired by the folk singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s, she cites Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton as her musical heroes.
"I've always felt extremely connected to storytellers," said Holup. "I come from a creative family and grew up listening to artists whose influence led me to put the poetry I'd been writing to music."
Penning more than 150 songs in the past two years, Holup recently signed a publishing deal with Arthouse Entertainment and TurnTable Music in partnership with Universal Music Publishing.