Release Date: May 15th 2020
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
29-year-old Holly Starr has had an emphatic and remarkable entrance into the CCM industry, over the past few years- she was ‘found’ by songwriter Brandon Bee via her Myspace videos; and since that time, has never looked back! A small-town country girl at heart, this talented guitar playing singer-songwriter from Quincy, has released 5 full length albums so far (Human in 2017, Everything I Need in 2015, Focus in 2012, 2011’s Tapestry, and 2008’s Embraced); with plenty of radio singles and inspirational hits that have all gained significant radio airplay and positive responses. With Holly having mastered almost every musical style, from pop to piano ballads to straight up worship; it’s clear that there hasn’t really been much more that Holly is yet to cover. Until now that is. “More” is undoubtedly a Christian song- and it also feels like a cinematic soundtrack orchestral type of song. A track that is exquisite musically as well as lyrically, Holly certainly has stretched herself here as we are reminded that Jesus is essentially more to us than everything on this planet. With lyrical material that has inspired me and challenged me in my walk with God and my own relationships with those around me; “More” will no doubt change lives in the hearts of many who listen.
Musically piano and strings prominent at its core, Holly puts to the fore the notion of laying everything down at the foot of Jesus, admitting to Jesus that even when times are tough and it seems like we’re in the valley; that we can and should press on towards the prize and keep focusing our eyes on Jesus, as He’s ‘…more to this broken heart, more than these battle scars…more to my deepest need, more than I think of me…’. And as Holly reiterates the sometimes confusing fact that Jesus is with us all the time despite our situations and circumstances; we are met with a track that may feel uncomfortable for some but needed for all. The fact that we can rest in the promises that God is more than we could ever, ever need… is comforting, or will be in time.
Holly Starr’s new song, along with Focus, Everything I Need and Human previously, is a breath of fresh air in a music industry still heavily focused on male singers and bands. Tackling Biblical and eternal truths in a light-hearted and pop-infused manner, yet still accessible for all and un-intrusive lyrically; we are met with a song that probably won’t be played on the radio stations like K-Love or even Air1 (maybe because Holly is an unsigned artist!), however “More” is definitely one of the most out-of-the-box and different song I’ve heard in a long time. A certain purchase if you love artists like Nichole Nordeman, Lindsay McCaul and Bethany Dillon; “More” is a must listen to, as we try to actively lay everything at the foot of Jesus, and act as if He were more in our lives than ever before.
RIYL: Britt Nicole, Francesca Battistelli, Bethany Dillon, Lindsay McCaul, Tori Kelly, Sarah Reeves