2019 kootenay music awards recipient
best rhythm and blues song
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 released her debut solo album “Wild Heart” in the spring of 2019, the album has been receiving international airplay and rave reviews. “Wild Heart” is a full band production - complete with horns and organic sounding keyboards - that showcases Holly’s highly evolved songwriting skills and incredibly soulful but smooth vocal abilities, “there’s a confidence and an assurance of her craft in “Wild Heart” that testifies: This is an artist who has arrived at the peak of her powers” Art Joyce. In the fall of 2018 she released her Memphis Soul tinged single “River Flows” with an accompanying music video. “River Flows” has received rave reviews from the music community and radio airplay on CBC. In March 2019 “River Flows” won Best Rhythm and Blues Song at the Kootenay Music Awards. She has previously 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.
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 touring Western Canada with her five piece band, consisting of Hyatt-vocals & bass, Jon Burden-guitars, Jack Taforo-keys, Clintons Swanson-sax & flute and Steve Wilson-drums. Her live show has been described as "soulful, funky and fun!".
“Holly is a soulful songstress who's live show has been described as "Funky, Fun, Danceable Blues!"”
"This is a lady with a truly touching voice and a five-piece support band that rolls along delivering pure pleasure." Elmore Magazine
"Solid, original blue eyed soul, with a little effort you could picture her as Bonnie's little sister---Bonnie Bramlett that is. Solid throughout." Midwest Record
"This is great tier Soul song with some of the most beautiful vocals I’ve heard all year. River Flows is a textbook definition of a feel-good song!" And Justice for Reviews
"Holly has all of the notes, and sings them effortlessly". One Love, Blue Barry - Smoky Mountain Blues Society, Tennessee, USA