Heather Holland is that rarest of finds… an artist who actually grew up in Music City! The youngest of five, she grew up listening to all the music collections of her older siblings, and her mom claims she’s been singing since she was eighteen months old.
When she was around ten years old, she auditioned for an all children’s singing group who recorded background vocals for kid’s music, religious recordings, and anyone else who wanted the sound of a children’s choir. Holland recorded with the group for many years, and, with them, worked on projects for John Denver, Michael W. Smith, and Alabama. She was even chosen to sing a duet and perform live with Sandi Patty at the age of fourteen.
Holland knew she wanted to pursue music as a living, so throughout college she spent her time networking, and leaving demos in people’s mailboxes.
She was focusing on songwriting when she met Jerry Crutchfield, who had produced many songs for Tanya Tucker. Crutchfield liked Holland’s song Candle, and wanted her to re-record the demo so he could pitch it to other artists. While she was terrified to be singing in front of someone who had been a producer for one of her musical heroes, she credits her time in the studio with the children’s group for helping her to feel at home in a recording studio. Nevertheless, she was very surprised when Crutchfield came back and said that, after hearing her sing, he wanted to work with her as a recording artist and not just as a songwriter.
Heather Holland’s first self-titled EP was released in December, 2012, and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and CDbaby. She co-wrote all five of the tracks on the EP. John Alexander, a former A&R guy who had discovered Alanis Morissette, liked the EP and helped steer Holland’s songs to a digital radio distribution company. Several tracks are being played on triple-A radio stations in the US and Canada now. In fact, WRRW-FM in Williamsburg, VA is having Holland on their live show, Revolutionary Radio, in March.
You can check out Holland’s music online now, or see her live at Kimbro’s on March 29 or at Bongo After Hours Theater on March 30.