Wild Roots Rising is an indie folk band based in the Southeast United States. It is led by songwriters, vocalists, and instrumentalists Julia Houghton and Olivia Moore.
Their music is described as a classical-folk fusion; unique arrangements and complex harmonies, combined with acoustic instruments and meaningful lyrics. They are known for sharing songs that create a beautiful, uplifting aura for the listener.
WRR released their self-titled, debut album in September of 2021 and have been performing at festivals, music venues, and bars throughout the southeast. They are very excited to share their music with the public.
Enviornmentalism and social justice activism are deeply important to Olivia and Julia, and these themes present themselves in the music. They create a space on stage to share, think, and talk about current issues. Together they bring strong intentions to create a positive change in the world, and to stay true to themselves in the work.
"I became fascinated with the guitar around the time I was in middle school and after taking a few lessons I quickly fell in love with the instrument. I attended a performing arts high school where I studied classical guitar, learning techniques of guitarists from around the world.
My writing feels like a big combination of my classical studies, my wide range of music tastes accumulated from family and friends, my spiritual upbringing, and my deep love for the earth. I have always been an advocate for environmental justice and I would like to use my voice to bring more attention and action to the current issues facing our planet. I hope to help people develop a better understanding and deeper appreciation of this beautiful world and of each other."
"The first time I played music, a plastic recorder in elementary school, I had no idea how powerful and important it would become for me. I studied classical piano at a performing and visual arts high-school where I learned about music theory and became interested in composition. Using this tool of expression has shaped who I am, and helped me to overcome the hardest moments in my life.
I think music has a power that connects us all, and through my years as a practicing musician I have grown to write music that is more focused on the larger problems in the world instead of just myself. I would love to be able to help people articulate complicated feelings and emotions with the music I create, and inspire people to make choices that are healthy for themselves and for the greater wellbeing of their community."