Andrew Holmes, folk and Americana singer/songwriter, brought a new sound to Oklahoma State University with a tinge of southern hum and an abundance of talent.
The Student Union Activities Board hosted Holmes at Caribou Coffee Thursday night for a remarkable performance. To bring students in, SUAB offered free coffee, but the music is what made them stay.
The artist is saturated with talent as an instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. Though a master of multiple stringed instruments, Holmes expressed his talent with the guitar. The chords held a warm vibrancy with his intricate strum patterns and goose bumps were inevitable with the complexity of his riffs. Even more impressive was the raspy exclusivity of his voice, unconfined by the typical note range.
Holmes has a unique sound unlike other artists, which he feels is truly his own with little influence.
“A lot of the style I do I feel like is very untampered,” Holmes said. “It’s just me writing.”
The most inspiring aspect of his performance was the lyrical creativity of his original songs. He gave his audience a new perspective on love songs and a greater appreciation for the poetry in tragedy.
“I think for me it’s a way of therapeutically processing things,” Holmes said. “If I’m able to eloquently write it down with a melody it’s like every time I sing it to myself I learn a new lesson.”
Holmes is no stranger to performing and gives off a comfortable, natural stage presence. He gives advice for those who struggle with being in the limelight.
“Be energetically yourself,” Holmes said. “Say things that are a little risky that you haven’t thought through.”
Holmes is releasing a new album called "Kiser" on Feb. 21. The album is named after his girlfriend Kate Kiser, who will be featured in the new release.
“It’s been a growing experience to write still serious topic songs that connect with people, but a little bit brighter,” Holmes said. “You can expect more mandolin, violin, harmonica and harmonies of course.”
Holmes’ music can be found on any music streaming site.