Scottish singer/songwriter Greg Holden recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Holden discussed co-writing Phillip Phillips' "Home," recording his sophomore album I Don't Believe You and common themes in his music, among other topics. Holden performed songs such as "As Far As I Can," "The American Dream" and "The Lost Boy."
"I was going through kind of a dark period in my life [when I wrote I Don't Believe You]," said Holden. "I look back on the album now and I'm just like, 'Man, why was I so sad?' But it was really cool because I raised the money to make it through Kickstarter.com. … And I raised a lot more money than I expected."
Holden released his debut album, A Word In Edgeways, in 2009. Produced by Tony Berg, I Don't Believe You was released in March and was funded through a Kickstarter.com campaign, which raised $30,000 in a single month. On the 2012 season finale of "American Idol" in May, winner Phillips performed "Home," which Holden co-wrote with songwriter Drew Pearson. On the strength of Phillips' performance, "Home" peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart with 278,000 units sold, marking the second-best digital sales week for an "American Idol" contestant. (Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" sold 280,000 units in 2009.) Holden is currently on tour throughout Europe and the UK, with select dates scheduled through September.