Holly Cross Vagley

Holly Cross Vagley

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Norah Jones meets Amy Grant with Chicago style horn section and Doobie Brothers guitar work- Now on XM Radio Channel #32 - "The Fish" - Christian Pop!

Biography

Holly Cross Vagley

“NAKED I came from my mother’s womb and NAKED shall I return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!”

Singing at the Memorial Mass for her friend, Barbara Olson, who was killed in the American Airlines plane that slammed into the Pentagon on 9/11, singer/songwriter, Holly Cross Vagley, learned that music could be a force for good and not just a good time. In the aftermath, questions of “Why, God?” soon changed to “What? What do you want me to do?” Holly’s debut CD is an answer to that prayer.

Admiring an eclectic mix of singers from Maria Callas to Macy Gray and writers from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Maroon Five and Chicago, NAKED (Job 1:21) released on the One Starfish label features Holly singing nine of her own compositions and a favorite hymn.

A Midwesterner, Holly acted and sang her way through high school and college earning a BFA from the University of Kansas. She set out to see the western US and, ultimately, the world; performing at Lake Tahoe, the MGM Grand in Reno, doing her own act on the QE2 and aboard what Fodor’s called, “The world’s most luxurious cruise ship, the Royal Viking Sun,” where she sailed to every corner of the globe. Not bad for a kid from Kansas.

With little religious exposure while growing up, Holly drifted into nonbelief…

Happily, God had another plan.

Time, introspection and a car accident showed Holly she was not the master of her own fate and needed Jesus Christ. She studied under the founder of DEWW, a life-changing women’s ministry, met Bob Vagley, a baptized Catholic, and his two wonderful daughters, Erin and Beth. “Wanna meet my dad? He’s a bachelor!”

Converting to Catholicism, marrying Bob and settling near Washington, DC lead to a guest-starring role on NBC’s drama, Homicide; a pilot for NBC; another for the Discovery Channel; parts in movies like The Sixth Sense, For Richer or Poorer, Contact; starring roles at The Kennedy Center and appearing at The White House. On September 10, 2001, Holly was headed for Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Again there was another plan.

That Saturday she sang for Barbara’s Memorial Mass.

The response was overwhelming; friends, people at church, even strangers started asking for a CD of the music she began writing and singing for services and youth Masses.

With Bob, their friend and pianist, Rod McCloy, two-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer, Jim Robeson and seven of Washington’s best musicians, they created and released Holly’s debut CD: NAKED (Job 1:21) on the One Starfish Label.

The story goes on…

Discography

Debut CD: NAKED (Job 1:21)
Now on XM Radio Channel #32 - "The Fish" - Christian Pop!

Set List

Make Me Smile (Chicago)
Listen to the Music (Doobie Bros.)
Night & Day
With You
Invisible
Jesus Is Just Alright With Me (Doobie Bros.)
You Are There
Naked
When You See Me
When the Rain Comes Down
Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream (Tower of Power)
Messenger
Why Not Try Jesus
Softly and Tenderly
Just You ‘n’ Me (Chicago)
Jesus Is Just Alright With Me (Reprise)