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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, “Embraced.”

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.