Holly Akimow

Holly Akimow

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Self-produced and full of angst, Holly Akimow delivers a solid dose of indie pop-rock that's bound to stick in your head. Heavy piano, layered vocals and driving guitar are what make this girl's heart beat.

Biography

Holly Akimow is a singer/songwriter in Toronto, Ontario. She started writing at age 10 but it wasn't until 8 years later that anyone would hear her. Threatened by a friend that he would destroy her if she didn't use her voice, Holly got to work and started singing up a storm. In the next five years, three full-length albums were unleashed and she's only just begun.

With a love for classical and pop music, she often tosses orchestral parts amongst the piano and guitars to create something that isn't quite Tori Amos, nor Holly McNarland ... but something to call her own.

On garageband.com, Holly's track 'Falling' was issued a 'Best Keyboards' award in their Alternative Pop genre, where three years later she still holds fourth place for this category in their all-time charts. 'Rain', the first song she wrote, was awarded Track of the Day, and 'Rewind' was awarded Track of the Day, Best Female Vocals, Best Melody, and Best Keyboards all within a week of posting it for reviews. In 2005 Holly was nominated for an EMI songwriting scholarship for 'Rewind'.

While studying music at University and College in London Ontario, Holly started performing at local bars and was showcased on both UWO and Fanshawe's radio stations. She's started creeping into Toronto venues, performing at C'est What and The Free Times Cafe. Holly's played alongside fellow-Canadians Serena Ryder, Andrea England Drowning Girl and The Hoolie Snatch, and is looking to see that list grow.

Her latest release 'Take The Blame' is full of angst, heart-ache and hooks that will keep you tapping your toes and wanting to tell-off anyone that ever broke your heart.

Lyrics

Rewind

Written By: Holly Akimow

You and me in the pounding hail
when you lifted your hand to shelter me
I want you to remember that spark,
Not some girl on a magazine stand.

When I'm lost you are standing there,
Waiting for me and my baggage and airs.
When I'm lonely and crying shame, always hiding from truth
You still hold me the same.

The warm sand and burnt-out pens,
As we wrote our melody so grand
That the girl dressed in black will smile
And say "Hey, can we talk about love for a while?"

When I'm lost you are standing there,
Waiting for me and my baggage and airs.
When I'm lonely and crying shame, always hiding from truth
You still hold me the same.

But you've disappeared and I'm running and falling and searching the shore, as our hopes and our dreams swim no more.
And you are nowhere in sight and I can't sleep at night, kicking and screaming 'now where did this end?'
Won't you please rewind us?

When I'm lost you are standing there,
Waiting for me and my baggage and airs.
When I'm lonely and crying shame, always hiding from truth
You still hold me the same.

When I'm lonely and crying shame, hiding from truth
You still hold me the same.

Cornered

Written By: Holly Akimow

I'm not afraid to say my weakness
keeps you locked away from my heart;
Left out in the cold and lost in the dark,
Just wait for me precious, it'll all be cleared soon.

I hear your voice in all this madness;
and it's leading me to safer places,
away from all my insecurities
and wasting all this energy on fear,
that holds me back from loving you.

I need to be questioned, I need to be cornered
Before you'll get the past out of me;
Take control and let me feel that pounding in your chest.
We need to start somewhere - what better place than here?

Oh, we're getting closer...

I hear your voice in all this madness;
and it's leading me to safer places, away from all my insecurities
and wasting all this energy on fear,
that holds me back from loving you.

Can't you see that we were drawn here, together bound and chained?
Can't you feel my breathing on your neck, I'm lying in your arms.
Can't you feel it when we're breathing, together in my arms;
You're in my ears and in my lungs,
I feel it all....

I hear your voice in all this madness;
and it's leading me to safer places, away from all my insecurities
and wasting all this energy on fear,
that holds me back from loving you.

With You

Written By: Holly Akimow

I get so lost everyday, by the words that fall from your mouth;
You get me so tongue-tied, I wish I could do the same to you.

I wanna be with you;
Please don't turn out your light.
I wanna be with you;
Won't you hold me tight?

If you could take me away from this cold and blinding night;
I swear the touch of your lips would make me feel so alive;

I wanna be with you;
Please don't turn out your light.
I wanna be with you;
Won't you hold me tight?

Discography

Falling (2002)
Don't Tell Me (2004)
Take The Blame (2006)

Set List

Set lists depend on the show requirements - solo acoustic shows can go for as long as two hours if needed, typically made of two 50 minute sets.
A typical set list includes 75% originals and 25% covers for familiarity. Cover songs often included are:
Holly McNarland - Numb
Tori Amos - Caught a Light Sneeze
Linkin Park - Numb
My Chemical Romance - The Ghost of You