Holly Miranda Performs At OpenAir, Describes Writing New Album In Joshua Tree

August 13, 2015
Photo: Holly Miranda At OpenAir
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda has been writing music for about 17 years, both as a solo artist and as the leader of The Jealous Girlfriends. This year the singer-songwriter released a self-titled album which she wrote during a month-long retreat at Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Miranda's recent tour included stops in Boulder and Denver. In between those shows, she stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to perform songs from the new album and chat with OpenAir's Jessi Whitten.

Read interview highlights below and stream the session audio via the link above.

On writing in Joshua Tree

"It was like being on the moon. I think I needed to be able to see for miles so that my brain could open up. In New York you can’t really see more than a city block and in L.A. you have to hike to the top of a hill to see. It was too much clutter, and once I got out there the expansiveness just opened something up."

On releasing a self-titled album

"It was my first time producing. ... It just felt like the most vulnerable thing that I’ve done. I’ve also never had my face on the cover of a record. It just felt right."

Songs performed:

  • "All I Want Is To Be Your Girl"
  • "Everlasting"
  • "The Only One"

Watch video of Miranda performing "All I Want Is To Be Your Girl" below.