Based in the stunningly beautiful Slocan Valley of BC, HOLLY HYATT is a vocalist, songwriter, acoustic and electric bass player who has spent the past fourteen years performing in the blues and roots duo, Holly and Jon. Now, she is set to take on the music world alone with her first solo effort “River Flows” which debuted in the fall of 2018.
Holly began singing, performing and songwriting at an early age. "My Dad was a professional musician, so I was brought up in a very musical environment. Some of my earliest memories are of traveling with him on the road, loading lots of gear and falling asleep to the sounds of his band playing late into the night." After taking her craft to coffee houses, bars, festivals and concerts - and even schools (where she went on to complete the Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program) - Holly then hit the road with Holly and Jon. They released four critically acclaimed albums, which were all co-produced by Holly. Their 2016 release “Shufflin’ The Blues” was #1 on the RMR acoustic blues charts, and their third album, “1929” received international radio airplay, and was included in the top 10 best Canadian Blues albums of 2012.
Her foray into the world of the solo artist has proved fruitful thus far with her demo version of the track “So Close” being nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2017 Kootenay Music Awards. She continues to grow as a songwriter and performer and has shared the stage with The Brubreck Brothers, jazz pianist Taylor Eigisti, Sonny Rhodes, Russell Jackson, Roy Forbes and Linda McCrea. Holly has also been the opening act for Carlos Del Junco, Leon Russell, The Golden State Lonestar Revue, JW-Jones and worked on the promotion team for Merle Haggard's 2004 Canadian tour.
Holly has performed at the Kaslo Jazz Festival, Unity Music Festival, Central Music Festival, Starbelly Jam, Idlewild Festival, Arts Wells, Arts On The Edge, Whatshan Lake Festival, appeared on a nationally televised concert, showcased at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and performed with a big band on the steps of the parliament building in Victoria BC.
Her live show has been described as Soul blues meets R&B singer-songwriter. A dynamic set that leaves the listener feeling uplifted and inspired.
With a myriad of miles under her feet, a natural voice, a surreal ability as a songwriter and her soulful solo debut in the works - her musical future has never looked brighter!
“Holly is one of the most promising young female emerging blues singers on the scene today and can look forward to a long and rewarding career in the music industry”.
"The river always grounds me and connects me to my home and I really wanted to express that in this song", say's Hyatt about her debut single "River Flows". Holly is a West Kootenay based singer, songwriter and bass player. She grew up in a musical family and has been getting up on stage since she was six years old. She has released three blues and roots albums, as part of the duo Holly and Jon. Their 2016 release "Shufflin The Blues" reached #1 on the Roots Music Report, Acoustic Blues charts. Their 2013 release 1929, was included in the top 10 best Canadian blues albums of 2012. The demo version of her song "So Close" was nominated for, song of the year at the 2017 Kootenay Music Awards.
Holly has performed at the Kaslo Jazz Festival, Unity Music Festival, Central Music Festival, Starbelly Jam, Idlewild Festival, Arts Wells, Arts On The Edge, Whatshan Lake Festival, appeared on a nationally televised concert and performed with a big band on the steps of the parliament building in Victoria BC.
Holly is currently gearing up to release her debut solo album "Wild Heart" this spring. "I am so excited about the songs on this album. They are really soulful, funky and fun, with themes of positivity, love and global empowerment throughout. I listen to the album and instantly feel happy. These are the songs I was born to sing!"