Olivia Holt may have cut her teeth on the Disney Channel, but just like the teen phenoms before her, she's ready to break into the music biz. "It's been a long time coming," she recently told InStyle. The 18-year-old singer marks her debut into the pop genre today with "Phoenix," an empowerment anthem chock full of uplifting and inspirational lyrics and one very infectious chorus.
"It's one of those songs I can listen to when I need a pick-me-up," Holt says of the new single. "No matter what struggles I'm facing, I always try to keep my chin up. I don't want to dwell on things—I want to push them to the side and prove that they're not going to stop me from doing whatever I want to do. I try to surround myself with people that motivate me, so I encourage others to do the same."
And along with her squad, Holt can look to former Disney stars like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus who blazed the trail before her. "Watching them on their journey is really inspiring," she says. "Their transition has been unreal. I'm going down my own path, but hopefully we'll run into each other one day and discuss how bananas everything is."
Listen to "Phoenix" below, and catch Holt live during her just-announced fall tour with Ryland. Scroll down for the full list of dates.
July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
July 19 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF
July 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room at the Observatory
July 26 – Dallas, TX – Trees
July 27 – Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live
July 29 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
July 30 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
July 31 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Aug 2 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Aug 3 – Nashville, TN – Rockstown
Aug 5 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Aug 6 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java Music Club & Café
Aug 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Black Box at Underground Arts
Aug 9 – New York, NY – Highland Ballroom
Aug 11 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Aug 13 – Freehold, NJ – IPlay America – Encore
Aug 15 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at the Crofoot
Aug 16 – Chicago, IL – Park West
Aug 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
Aug 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Aug 21 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Aug 24 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Aug 26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Aug 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House