Gren Holden, who co-wrote Phillip Phillips‘ coronation song “Home” on American Idol, tells the Sunday Mail that he is still in shock that his song is now the second-biggest-selling Idol single in history.
“It has been totally off-the-chart insane,” he says. He’s been getting a lot of phone call now to co-write songs — and I do hope it works out for him. I love “Home”.
From Daily Record:
Then, last month, the unthinkable happened. A song that Greg co-wrote in an LA studio six months ago was suddenly catapulted from obscurity to the top of the charts.
He wrote Home with fellow songwriter Drew Pearson late last year ? never expecting it to be his ticket to the big time. Greg said: ?This is the crazy thing, we just wrote it ? our publishers put us together to see what we came up with.
?Then, three weeks ago, I got back from tour and my manager called and said, ?I need you to approve Home for American Idol. The guy in the final wants to play your song in the finale.?
?I approved it, of course, and went into denial.?
Greg?s song had been heard by music mogul Jimmy Iovine, the record company boss who discovered Lady Gaga and Eminem.
He thought it would make a perfect winner?s song for Idol, where he is a contestants? mentor.
Greg watched the American Idol final last month, still not believing his song would be on the top-rating show.
To his astonishment, finalist and eventual winner Phillips then belted out Home.
Greg said: ?The song I had been playing on tour was suddenly being played in front of 20 million people. It was insane.?
Since then, Greg has been bombarded with calls.
His profile has gone through the roof and he has been featured in America?s prestigious Billboard magazine.
Home was the first Idol victory single to debut in the Billboard top 10 since 2008 ? and it shot to No. 2 in the digital charts.
Greg said: ?Now I have people wanting to write with me and I will have the opportunity to sit in a room with influential people.
?It?s the biggest thing that?s happened to me.?
But Greg laughs at suggestions that he is going to be rich and an overnight pop sensation.
He said: ?I will definitely, eventually, earn money from this.
?But it?s not like the song is on American Idol then somebody hands me a cheque for a million dollars.?
Greg is working on a deal to re-release his album ? this time with some press, publicity and exposure.