Holly (Figueroa) O'Reilly

Holly (Figueroa) O'Reilly

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Holly O'Reilly is a standout, award winning performing songwriter often compared to Patty Griffin and Jonatha Brooke.

Biography

Recent awards, projects, and quick facts:

-Signed to Cake Records, distributed by Red/Sony/BMG
-Founder of Indiegrrl.com
-Telluride Troubador Finalist, 2005
-Discmakers Independent Music World Series Finalist, 2002
-Billboard Songwriting Competition, HM 2001, 2002
-Acoustic Live Finalist, 2002
-International Songwriting Competition finalist, 2002

"...a fine new CD, How It Is, slays just about any big company songster product that has been coughed up over the past 12 months." -Los Angeles Entertainment Today

After a recent performance at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Holly Figueroa was contacted by A&R at Elektra and MCA, both looking for copies of her latest record, "How It Is". Recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, native Ohioan Holly Figueroa started playing guitar in July 1999, when during her first tour, her guitar player broke his hip while pitching the tent before their first festival show…in front of ten thousand people. Not knowing much about playing guitar, she learned three chords in three days and finished her tour by herself.

In her first year solo on the acoustic music circuit, she was wowing national audiences in listening rooms from The Bitter End in New York City, to Club Passim in Boston, to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles. Seattle based Figueroa logged in over 1000 tour dates between 1999 and 2003, greeting fans everywhere with her knock down, drag out vocals and percussive solo acoustic guitar, usually with her now nine year old daughter in tow.

Holly recently had her second child and is sojourning close to home for now. "Being on the road alone is hard enough," says Figueroa. "Being on the road with a nine year old is really tough. Add a toddler into the mix, and what remaining sanity I have might just be destroyed." She adds, "I didn't have kids to let someone else raise them. I'm a real hands on kind of mom, so I'll be staying close to home a little more often until my kids are ready for me to go back on the road." Having a new baby in the house hasn't stopped Figueroa from releasing new material. In June 2004, she released "Live in New York City", a live CD recorded at Makor in January 2003. "People have been asking me for a long time when I was going to make a live, acoustic record." says Figueroa. "Now that I'm taking a bit of a break from performing as much, they can listen to the live CD until I come back to their town again."

Holly was able to fund the recording of her latest record, "How It Is" solely through pre-orders from fans on her extensive mailing list, and is releasing a new record in late 2006, funded the exact same way. The new record will once again be released on Cake Records, an indie label out of Tacoma, WA that was recently picked up by Red Music, the indie arm of Sony/BMG.

“How It Is” was produced and recorded by Evan Brubaker (Edie Carey, Darryl Purpose, Weather), and Troy Glessner (Joel RL Phelps, Sky Cries Mary) at Spectre Studios in Seattle, WA. The record features mega talents Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta (both known for touring with Peter Gabriel), Danny Barnes, Dan Tyack, Sean Halley, and Skip Peri. “How It Is” is the follow up to her 2001 release "Dream in Red”, which received great reviews from national, weekly and daily press all over the country.

Holly is the founder of Indiegrrl (a 1500 member international organization for women in the independent music industry). She also recently signed with Hacate Entertainment Group in New York, a licensing/publishing company, and has had music licensed through Oxygen Media, MTV, and the WB Network for various shows.

Has been featured:
NPR’s All Things Considered, Billboard Magazine, CMJ, Seventeen Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Music Connection, The Performing Songwriter Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and hundreds of weeklies and dailies. (press clips available upon request)
Select Venues and Festivals:
Summer Nights at the Pier, Seattle, WA
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2000, NY
Michigan State University
Rockrgrl Music Conference, 2000
Bumbershoot, 1999, 2002 Seattle, WA
University of Washington
Northwest Folklife Festival, WA
Missoula Women's Music Festival, MT
Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA
Club Passim, Boston, MA
The Bitter End, New York, NY
The Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT
Makor, New York, NY
Sweetwater Saloon, Mill Valley, CA
Voodoo Lounge, San Francisco, CA
Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Showbox, Seattle, WA
Café Brasil, New Orleans, LA
The Living Room, New York, NY
Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
Uncle Calvin’s, Dallas TX

" an upcoming, break out, soon to be known artist…" Seventeen Magazine
"From traditional tunes like "Turn Around" to excellent original songs, Holly shows she has a depth of talent
and collaborative power to make it all happen...an up and coming star on the rise." Ruby Brown, 103.7 KMTT Seattle
"...an incredibly exc

Discography

2004, Live in New York City
2002, How It Is, Cake Records
2001, Dream in Red, Indiegrrl Records
1998, Three Chord Plea, Agitate Records

AAA/specialty/college radio airplay nationally. See http://www.hollyfigueroa.com for radio info.

Set List

Holly's set list varies, depending on the concert. She performs very few covers, and can perform 3, 45 minute sets of original songs.