Well folks, it's been an interesting couple of months here in Northern Canada. Instead of lifting gear and hauling it through the blistering heat of The Caribbean, Australia or Hawaii, I've been trying my best to keep warm with guitar in hand! My experience here in the North has been an incredible one to say the least, and I'm happy to share it with you!
Since moving to this location in mid August of this year, it has been a great feeling planting my feet back into this beautiful country. I have been keeping my performances alive while performing a number of corporate events which in result has been getting my special Jar of Sunshine into the hands of brand new friends and listeners. It has been such an accomplishment being the entertainment for some of the bigget companies the North has to offer. Performing for Lester Landau Chartered Accountants, Nunastar & Astrohill which is one of the leading residential real estate companies in Canada's north, and also for the Nunavut Court of Justice has been an overwhelming opportunity. Such a huge thank you goes out to everyone involved. Your support has been a much needed warm welcome to keep me comfortable for such a cold climate.
As 2016 comes closer to an end, I can't help but think of the many transitions this year has had to offer. From traveling to Los Angeles, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanautu, New Caledonia, Peurto Rico, The Virgin Islands, Barbados, Nova Scotia, Ottawa, & Nunavut, I am officially blessed. With the amazing support from family & friends, this journey will forever be endless.
So, what does the new year have to offer? The caption of this article may have given it away. But it's true. I have put together a fun project full of new music, and more information about release dates will be announced as the New Year greets us with a beautiful, giant, 2017 year old smile. Much love to all.
Thank you for following my journey.
HOLTON’S SONG “WEIGHT OF THE WORLD” SELECTED AS FINALIST IN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION! PUBLIC VOTING CAN HELP!
It’s no secret that Dylan Holton has been hitting every angle possible to make it further into his music career. From opening up for Grammy Award Winning Country stars, to sharing the stage with well known singer songwriters, Holton has proven his unique ability to adapt to the audience in front of him.
SonicBids, a very popular website bringing opportunity in the music industry to artists worldwide, reached out to Dylan and became fascinated by his accomplishments as well as his approach in making a living from his original music.
SonicBids has over half of million visitors a month and has featured many different upcoming singer/songwriters and performers in the music industry. To read the full interview featuring Dylan click here.
With already a month into Holton’s 4 and 1/2 month cruise ship tour through the South Pacific, he received some exciting news that two of his singles from his most recent album "Jar of Sunshine" have been selected into the Semi-Finalist round of the International Songwriters Competition.
The International Songwriting Competition is the worlds biggest song writing competition that will have a total of 68 winners and reward winners with over $150,000 in cash and prizes. Holton’s two singles titled, “Weight of the World” and “Yes She Does” have both been selected out of over 18,000 compositions making the top 10%.
“It’s competitions like this that really do help you further your career,” Holton said. “These songs have been getting into the hans of new people almost every day since the release in Los Angeles and I’m thrilled they continue to be heard by more and more people each and everyday. Competitions like this help artists like myself to really share our message and original music. It’s pretty special to be announced as a Semi-Finalist regardless of the outcome.
This isn’t the first time Holton’s songs have been recognized. “Weight of the World” has had several acclamations including making the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Top 13 in the Unsigned Only competition last year which had submissions from over 100 different countries and over 7000 composition to choose from. “Yes She Does” was selected in Los Angeles as the Song of the Month with Songwriter Universe.
With Holton being selected as Semi Finalist in this years International Songwriter Competition, his songs have the chance to be heard by celebrity judges such as Bill Withers, Lorde, Boyz II Men, Kesha and several major record label representatives. Holton is happy his songs have been selected and is hoping it turns some heads.
“We as artists write and perform music because we love it. The goal here is always to make a career at what you do best and what you ultimately love to do. I hope more opportunities like this surface so I can keep pushing hard to make this dream a reality. If anyone out there has opportunity, I’m ready.”
You can read more about the competition by clicking here.
HOLTON SECURES all original show 'JAR OF SUNSHINE' ON CrUISE PERFORMANCES through the south pacific islands!
Holton continues to perform through Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and the list goes on. Not only does he get to share his own twist on well known classic songs during his performances, but the cruise line has offered him a headlining show each week showcasing all his own original music along with story telling to engage his audience.
"It's an amazing way to reach an audience with your original music out here. I'm happy this cruise line offered me this showcase show of all my originals because that is my main goal out here to share my original tunes" Holton said.
This is the 3rd cruise ship tour Holton has performed adding another part of the world to his list of performances. His show showcases original music from his latest release "Jar of Sunshine".