RS: What is it like touring with TobyMac? What have you learned from him?
RS: You are 19 years old. What are the benefits and challenges of pursuing a singer-songwriter career at such a young age?
RS: How did your experience on American Idol (Season 12) shape your music career?
H: My experience on American Idol showed me that I wasn’t ready at the time to dedicate my life to something I didn’t believe in. I didn’t know who I was as an artist, so I went home and made an effort to figure that out. That’s when I met Toby, and accepted the fact that God was calling me to do this.
RS: Did you ever consider producing secular music?
H: To me, great music is being transparent and honest. Whether that’s about my relationship with Jesus, how my heart has been broken by a boy, friendship, or a track that I love because it just makes me feel good. If you craft songs intentionally and speak from the heart, people will listen.
RS: How is your music distinctive within the Christian genre?
H: I have an incredible team that allows me to write music I’m passionate about. My goal is to create a sound and brand that is fresh and unique. Something that people my age are drawn to and that speaks to a generation called to be different.
RS: When did you first become interested in rap?
H: I’ve always listened to rap music, but I recently stated attempting to rap about 3 years ago. I wouldn’t call myself a “rapper” but I love having fun with it.
RS: How has your family supported you throughout this journey?
H: My family has supported me through every aspect of life. Music or no music. They love me for who I am in Christ and as their daughter/sister. They’ve traveled, invested their time, and loved me unconditionally. I am eternally grateful for them.
RS: What are your plans for the future?
The future excites me. Five years ago I was sitting in school day dreaming about singing on stage for a living, and now I get to travel the world with TobyMac. I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years bring.
To learn more about Hollyn and her music, visit iamhollyn.com and follow her on Twitter at @iamhollyn.