From onion fields to recording studio, farmer's daughter shines
by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | October 03, 2010
As a fourth-generation member of the farming Grigg family, Holly Starr Grigg
is knowledgeable and comfortable in the agricultural setting of Quincy, WA,
and a life that includes onions, sweet corn, potatoes, hay and sugar beets.
In fact, she regularly posts on Facebook updates on harvest and her
involvement in the Quincy-based Grigg & Sons operation.
But at the same time, the daughter of growers Lorin and Gail Grigg also keeps
thousands of followers up to date about her travels to major music events, the
filming of her music videos and, most recently, about the release of her
second full-length CD, "Tapestry," which will be available Oct. 19.
Known as Holly Starr — Starr is her maternal grandmother's first name — the
19-year-old has performed at some of the bigger music festivals in the
United States and is touring other countries as well. An established singer and
songwriter who’s best known in the world of Christian music, Ms. Starr has
also worked with performers in other settings. Last year she shared the stage
with country superstar LeAnn Rimes and saw the release of her first CD,
This year’s recording was produced by Dove Award-winning Rusty
Varenkamp, who called the young musician “passionate about connecting
with the heart of the listener.”
The CD’s first radio single, “Undertow,” is currently in rotation on
contemporary hit radio, with plans to send it on to adult contemporary
stations as well.
Also in rotation — a segue of the produce kind — are the famed Red Wing red
onions and yellow onions grown by Grigg & Sons and marketed by Sweet
Clover Produce. Heading the Sweet Clover office in Walla Walla, WA, is Bill
Brownfield and his sons, Pat and Mitch.
Pat Brownfield told The Produce News in late September that varieties seeing
brisk movement were Sweet Clover Sweet yellows and the Red Wings.
Earlier in the season, Bill Brownfield said that Red Wings, which are largely
single-center, would run from August through spring 2011.
Also producing the variety for Sweet Clover is Grotz Bros. in Hermiston, OR,
and this year organic Red Wings have been added to the manifest by Mercer
Farms in southern Washington.