Deborah Holland
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Bad Girl Once (2006)
The Book of Survival (1999)
The Panic Is On (1997)
Freudian Slip (1994)


Feeling a bit camera shy


At the age of fourteen, the inability to turn a cartwheel changed the direction of Deborah Holland’s life. “After not making the cheerleading squad in junior high school, I began playing guitar and writing songs,” she says. And the rest, as they say, is history. Deborah went on to become the lead singer and songwriter of Animal Logic, a trio rounded out by Stewart Copeland of Police fame and jazz star Stanley Clarke. Their eclectic sound led to two critically acclaimed albums, worldwide touring, and appearances on David Letterman, The Tonight Show, VH-1, and MTV.

“I feel lucky to have made five commercially released recordings,” says Deborah, whose third solo release since her Animal Logic days, THE BOOK OF SURVIVAL (Gadfly Records, 1999), has brought her back to her acoustic roots. Described as “an album that demands repeated listening” (Dirty Linen: Folk & World Music, Feb./Mar. 2000), THE BOOK OF SURVIVAL has been roundly well-received for its memorable melodies, witty lyrics, and Holland’s “lovely, thoughtful voice.” (Sing Out!, Winter 2000) Deborah has been touring the country extensively since the release of THE BOOK OF SURVIVAL, which is currently being played on over one hundred radio stations. Her live shows have captivated audiences at Tin Angel, The Ark, The Bluebird, Eddie’s Attic, Schuba’s, the Ram’s Head, and many more.

Deborah’s second solo recording, THE PANIC IS ON: SONGS FROM THE GREAT DEPRESSION (Gadfly Records, 1997), was an album of political songs from the 1930’s which gained her a wide following among folk radio DJs and folk music fans. Dirty Linen magazine described it as an album “contain[ing] songs of importance beautifully arranged and played.” Prior to that, FREUDIAN SLIP (Dog and Pony Records, 1994), her first solo release, received heavy airplay on AAA, college, and public radio stations. In 1995, she was heard on the nationally syndicated radio programs “Mountain Stage,” “The Difference with Todd Rundgren,” and “World Café.” She also recorded duets with Jackson Browne and with Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket.

In addition to making records, Deborah scores music and writes songs for film and television, is a full-time professor of music at California State University at Los Angeles, and performs live. Add to this being a mother, and you have the makings of a hectic lifestyle, one which Deborah says has given her an idea of what a professional juggler feels like. But apparently she wouldn’t change a thing. “Music is as much a part of my life as breathing,” she says, “and it has been a whole lot more satisfying than making the cheerleading squad ever would have been.”