"Effortless swing and a radiant wit... a self-possessed tour de force." - Gary Giddins
Internationally acclaimed song stylist, performer/writer/lyricist Stevie Holland has traversed many musical worlds, headlining at concert halls, jazz clubs, cabaret rooms in addition to performing in theater, amassing an unusually eclectic fan base along the way.
Her recordings consistently receive praise from jazz, pop and cabaret critics. Her CD Before Love Has Gone, was picked by USA TODAY as a 'Top CD of The Year.'
She recently starred in one-woman musical entitled LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER, which had a successful Off-Broadway premiere in a limited engagement at the York Theatre, with direction by TONY award-winning Richard Maltby, Jr.
Life Goes On
Stevie's most recent CD Life Goes On, is a collection of original songs, standards, and Stevie’s trademark picks of lesser-known gems from the pop world and American Songbook. She is joined by a stellar jazz trio with pianist Randy Ingram at the helm, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, and a string quartet on some selections. Arrangements are by award-winning composer Gary William Freidman, and Grammy-winning producer Todd Barkan joins Holland, once again.
Before Love Has Gone
An intimate and swinging performance, Before Love Has Gone is a collection of rarely recorded classics and standards, as well as original songs, including the title track written by Stevie and Gary William Friedman, who also did the arrangements. Grammy award winner Todd Barkan is on board as co-producer, and esteemed author and journalist Gary Giddins penned the liner notes for the album. Pianist Martin Bejerano joins Stevie again on Before Love Has Gone, with Edward Perez on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.
More Than Words Can Say
More Than Words Can Say is Stevie's most richly orchestrated CD. With arrangements by Gary William Friedman, More Than Words Can Say explores classic jazz standards, songs from the 50's and 70's and original material with exciting, innovative and haunting approaches. Stevie is backed by a string orchestra on several selections and by some of today's hottest jazz musicians led by pianists Martin Bejerano and Kris Davis. All About Jazz praised it as "a musical performance of the highest caliber", and Stevie's cover of Kenny Loggin's "This Is It" became a 'hot pick' at smoothjazz.com and charted on RadioWave's Smooth Jazz charts. The album landed on top ten lists and received nominations for awards in the cabaret world, and crossed over to Oldies and R&B radio stations with Stevie's cover of the Platters' hit "Only You".
Restless Willow is a frolicky, swinging album of classic standards, special and original material. Joining Stevie is George Small on piano, Kenny Washington on drums, Sean Harkness on guitar, Steve Kroon on percussion, David "Fathead" Newman on sax, and special guest singer Ruben Flores on the duet "One Touch". Restless Willow charted on stations from coast to coast and was voted a Top 10 CD For the Year at KSDS in San Diego, CA ands a Top 10 Vocal CD with the Cape Fear Jazz Appreciation Society in NC.
Almost Like Being In Love
Stevie returned to the American standard songbook with a CD/show that earned her the 2004 BACKSTAGE BISTRO AWARD for 'Outstanding Vocalist of the Year.' Material includes songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carole King, Vernon Duke, and a soulful performance of the Buddy Johnson classic "Since I fell For You". Stevie is backed by a trio, with pianist Jesse Green at the helm.
Do You Ever Dream
Stevie's debut CD of inspirational pop songs, co-written with Gary William Friedman.