Chad Hollister

Chad Hollister

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When you go to see Chad expect a lyrical groove, dynamic musicianship and an ecletic blend of roots rock, pop, funk and reggae.

Biography

Hot off press: Chad wins first prize in Billboard's 2003 Songwriter Contest for "Jesus, Bon Jovi and Tarzan" in alt/ rock division!

Bio:When you hear about CHAD in American politics, you think of the scandalous, electoral brouhaha involving the tiny rectangles punched out from voter data cards. When you hear about CHAD in American music, you can bet it’s about the charismatic singer-songwriter on his way to musical fame as a master of the lyric and groove.

Bursting on to the music scene out of his native Vermont, Chad Hollister cut his musical teeth gigging with Burlington’s own jam band Phish. Chad has opened for rock masters Tom Petty and Bob Dylan on Levi’s SFX concert tour, and he’s jammed with modern, pop greats like The Violent Femmes, The Spin Doctors, Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani/Aretha Franklin), Trey Anastasio and Blues Traveler.

Starting out as a percussionist, Hollister was musically inspired by Santana, Bob Marley, The Police and James Brown. Chad’s rhythmic guitar playing demonstrates the influence of those pop icons in his seamless weaving of acoustic rock, reggae-funk and melodic groove.

Chad’s infectious vocals are passionate, compelling and honest. His percussive, acoustic-rock style demands the audience to get up and move. His songs are clever, infusing humor, love and life into the message. When Chad plays live, it's musical alchemy imbuing spontaneous combustion and eclectic energy into the crowd. The music reminds fans of the songs they love to sing, by artists like matchbox twenty, the Dave Matthews Band and Train; yet, at the same time, Chad’s music is unique, distinctly impressing his passion and love for his art and the life which inspires it.

Fresh off the road from a national 2001 tour, Hollister hit the studio with producer John Alagia (also helmed Grammy winner John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Edwin McCain, Jason Mraz, and more) and together they created Chad’s new album Life. This is the fourth album under Chad’s belt and contains some of his most moving work yet.

The band includes producer Alagia, who contributes keyboards, mandolin and guitar on a variety of tracks; master percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, who has toured with Santana, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon and Mickey Hart, to name a few. On guitar is Bob Coons of Jerry Garcia Band fame, and Jack O’Neill of Jackopierce lends vocals on "Dream Until you Fade."

The album’s title track takes you on a journey of the simple pleasures of life and of every day reality. It crescendos into this age-old Zen message, and echoes in the powerful chorus "…this is life." "Vineyard" tells a beautiful story, in its acoustic simplicity, about a vacation romance--rendered with a strong hook--sure to catch the heart of any and all who have fallen in love during a summer by the shore. "Laugh" is a pure and infectious tune, illustrated with grit and wit that impels the listener to just "…laugh about it." "Jesus, Bon Jovi & Tarzan" is a clever twist and turn of lyric about love, and the bridge will definitely capture you. "Dream Until You Fade" is a sublimely ironic melody, filled with hypnotic harmonizing and lush guitar, and, after sampling its lullaby, you too can "fade until you dream." "Keep On" is funky and self-expressive, spiced with sax and congas, and sings aloud about just what this artist plans to do… "Keep on keepin' on"!

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Lyrics

Dream Until You Fade

Written By: Chad Hollister

You're off the edge and it's a long way down.
Amused at the thought of not hitting the ground
Your candle's half full, don't you analyze
Take it, it's yours, you're not paralyzed,
Fade away not yet because you're still on fire
Let the candle burn and faith will aspire
You know and I know in order to conceive
You know and I know you've got to believe

Dream until you fade
Fade until you dream
It's as easy as it seems
It's as easy as it seems
Fade until you dream
Dream until you fade
It's the way we're all made
It's the way we're all made

Some say I'm a dreamer and they're so right
I'm going to follow this dream until the end and I'm never going to lose sight
But if I do wish I may wish I might have this wish, I wish please come true tonight.
Love who you are yes I said love who you are
Not many know this love and it tears them apart I
It's the quintessential thing that keeps my heart alive
And if you want to be who you can be, it's inside that you're going to find.

Dream until you fade
Fade until you dream
It's as easy as it seems
It's as easy as it seems
Fade until you dream
Dream until you fade
It's the way we're all made
It's the way we're all made

Life

Written By: Chad Hollister

Treat the world the way you want to be treated
seize the day like you are needed
walk through the grass just after it's been cut
and wade through the stream or run through the river even though you may get just a little bit wet
Bow your head for all the lives lost and
raise your hands for all the lives lived
love your Mother for she's why we're all here
and cherish you friends, you never know when you're going to need a loving ear. This is, this is LIFE, This is this is LIFE.

Jesus Bon Jovi and Tarzan

Written By: Chad Hollister

She says her top 3 men are Jesus, Bon-Jovi and Tarzan
I said I've got all they got plus a little surprise I do with my hands.

She says you can walk on water and got those disciples who believe in you?
I said disciples I don't know but I'll take you for a ride in my Olde Town canoe.

Everybody wants, everybody needs everybody's got to have some...
Everybody craves every single day in so many ways...
Everybody wants. everybody needs everybody's got to have some ...
Love

She says, Hey you got a band like Jon the man and can you sing "I'm a cowboy on a steel horse I'll ride"?"
I said I like to jam like Jon the man, but Suzy says he's the one who gives love a real bad name.

She says can you swing from tree to tree so effortlessly like my big man of the jungle?
I said tree to tree, I just can't see but I tell you I am the King of the bungle in the jungle

Everybody wants, everybody needs everybody's got to have some...
Everybody craves every single day in so many ways...
Everybody wants. everybody needs everybody's got to have some ...
Love

A way to say we flow away forever and a day.
I want you
Don't walk away cuz here I lay dreaming my life away.
I need you.

Discography

Chad Hollister "Chad" and
Chad Hollister "Life"
Hear the music at (respectively) by copying these links into your browser:
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Life:
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Set List

Sets will range from 60 to 90 minutes, focus on original music with occasional covers. Ranging from one to two Sets per night. Covers range from Stevie Wonders "Boogie on Reggae woman" to The Police "So Lonely".