Katrina Elam, Ashley Monroe and Carrie Underwood co-wrote the Curb artist's rocking new single
Curb recording artist Rachel Holder -- who made an appearance in the 615 Spotlight in 2012 -- has a new single out entitled "Lord Help Me." The release is noteworthy for several reasons. For starters, it's the newest single from Holder's forthcoming debut album for Curb. The writers on the song are also names you might have heard of as well -- Katrina Elam, Ashley Monroe, and Carrie Underwood.
"I'm just excited to have the song in my hand," said Holder, in an exclusive interview with Billboard. "I actually had put the song aside a few years ago, and came back to it. After I re-listened to it, I asked myself why did I put the song aside in the first place?"
Though the East Tennessee native is a big fan of Underwood and Monroe, she says that getting to record a song from the pen of Katrina Elam was huge. "I am a big fan of hers, and obsessed with her writing skills. She is such an underrated talent. I just fell in love with the song. I had to record it. Then, I found out that Carrie and Ashley co-wrote the song. I actually recorded it before I knew Carrie was a writer on it, and people would say that it had a Carrie sound. I didn't even know she was a writer," she says with a laugh.
Holder is in the midst of a radio tour – visiting both major market stations and secondary markets. It's something the songstress loves about her job, but don't tell her it's work. She'll disagree with you quickly. "They become more like your friend. I have so many great relationships in this business, and so many people to get behind me. To have radio behind you is one thing, but to have made some life long friends along the way is something that really makes me proud along this journey."
Holder is also proud of her association with Curb Records, which has occupied a place in her mind for years. "They've been one of the labels I have looked up to since I was a little girl. I remember looking at LeAnn Rimes albums when I was younger, and seeing that her dad, Wilbur, produced her. He produces me now. I would look at the CD and wanted to be with Curb Records. To have something like that happen, and have such a great staff behind you, I am very blessed."
Holder, who just opened for the legendary Ronnie Milsap, and will soon share the stage with Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line on Sept. 7 in Farmingville, NY, recalled her first meeting with Underwood.
"I met Carrie last year during the CMT Music Awards and the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. If you check out my Instagram or my Facebook, there's a picture of Carrie laughing at me because I decided to slide back into first base, and my feet went over my head."
The singer is enjoying the press that she is getting because of the song, and is looking forward to performing the song live for years to come. But, at the end of the day, she's content to live one day at a time. "Wherever the Lord takes me," she says, "that's where I'll end up!"