Badass Women: Jack River
Jack River (Holy Rankin) is a Sydney singer songwriter who has been storming the airwaves of late with her imaginative, honest and catchy tunes. As the co-founder of Electric Lady Festival – a tour comprising of only female acts, she is a proud advocate for equality in the music industry. Her debut album Sugar Mountain saw her rock-out at sold shows across Australia, and she has just announced her biggest tour yet – The Sugar Mountain Ball. Holy describes her music as a way of dealing with her emotions, her therapy: “It’s my go to for everything”.
“Sugar Mountain was made over some very dark years of my life and I have always used songwriting to figure out my brain and keep healing myself along the way.”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Creating a career that I built from scratch, but most of all – creating a dream team of really good people.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?
People who live their truth, it makes me want to keep finding mine & recharges that part of my soul that is always searching. Right now those people for me are Greta Thunburg, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez & Maggie Rogers.
WHAT IS ONE MOUNTAIN YOU’VE CLIMBED TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF?
Getting through very severe depression/anxiety after my sister passed away, and then through an 8 year long court case that surrounded her death. It really took my whole being to find ways to get through this. Often – it was writing a vision of the future that consistently pulled me from really dark places and kind of designed the future that I am living in now. This was a fucking huge mountain and I am so proud to be here and happy now, but I also really really value all the lessons learnt in the dark and believe they have crafted a kind of invincible positive attitude toward pain and darkness that I will never lose.
YOU HAVE 3 HOURS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE ELSE IS INVITED. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHERE DO YOU GO?
I take one of my diaries to my balcony or the beach & write, I swim, I come home and put on some music and lay on the floor with a couple of books and read. I brainstorm all the things I’m working toward and thankful for & dreaming of. I clean the house and pick some flowers from the garden and if there’s still time, have a nice lil arvo nap!
NAME ONE TRACK THAT TOTALLY RECHARGES YOU.
When I Grow Up – Fever Ray. This song gives me headspace & reminds me of my favourite places by the beach and the slowness that comes with them.
HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING GREAT?
I go for a swim and let the sounds, the horizon and the cold try to heal my body/mind. I also write – write myself out of the headspace.
IT’S 2030. YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CURRENT SELF A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. WHAT DOES IT SAY
Keep going, keep believing, keep loving, trust yourself.
Catch Jack River on tour as part of the “Sugar Mountain Ball”. Hit jackrivermusic.com for more info.