Holly Long

Holly Long

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Soulful pure indie Singer/Songwriter/Rock/Pop with a hint of gospel and R&B. Perfect for fans of heartfelt storytelling, amazing vocals, acoustic/electric singer/songwriter style with a soulful/funky twist. Please visit www.HollyLong.com for more music and info. Thanks!

Biography

Raised in Chi-town and born into a musical family, singer/songwriter Holly Long needled her parents into piano lessons on her Great-Grandmother's upright Hamilton at age 7. As a young child she was exposed to the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John, Beethoven and the Beatles, sprinkled with daily doses of Free To Be You and Me via her Dad's HiFi stereo headphones. Diversely influenced, spent her youth and early adult years performing in various musicals, piano recitals and plays.

After high school, Holly moved to California to attend UCLA as a Theater Major. She suddenly found herself scribbling lyrics on bar napkins and call-sheets for various acting gigs in an attempt to bring voice to what Hollywood wasn't really supporting her growing creative force. Three demo recordings at Randy Alpert's SCREAM Studios, one indie record deal gone bust and countless local gigs later, Holly seemed to be just about ready to call herself a songwriter.

In late 1996, she was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be an intense case of the Flu, but turned out to be the beginning of a two-year, life-changing odyssey. She fell into a coma and was diagnosed with Endocarditis, a severe heart infection that threw her body into massive trauma. After a week of unconsciousness, she was lucky enough to awake and begin a slow process of recovery. She lost her hair, lost function of all her muscles and had to learn to walk all over again.

This severe shock to the system galvanized Holly's musical focus. Her heart-felt honesty, feelings of longing and inspiration, and the drive to understand herself were the result of a literal broken heart, and ultimately became the seeds for her debut album, City Girl in 2000. Met with critical acclaim, Holly's debut CD was created alongside Clio-award-winning producer and arranger Chris Horvath.

In 2001, Holly again partnered with Horvath and released an EP entitled Six Sided Woman. This new recording along with City Girl garnered her 3rd place in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest of 2000 and an Honorable Mention in the 2001 USA Songwriting Contest.

Additionally, Holly's songs have received numerous feature film and TV placements including ABC's Miami Medical, NBC's Passions, the soundtracks for Warner Bros.' films Winning London and Our Lips are Sealed, and multiple CD compilations including Live On: Songs of Love, Hope and Inspiration (A benefit CD to aid the American Red Cross Relief efforts helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita) and Girls Night Out: Life & Love, that have graced the shelves of TARGET and other major retail outlets.

Holly is a proud mom of two children, a beautiful girl named Josephine and sweet boy, Truman, both of whom have since birth provided much of the inspiration for Holly's continued work over the past 8 years, including her second full-length project, Every Little Seam, released in 2004 and her highly acclaimed third full length album released in 2008, Leaving Kansas. This project was the first of Holly's albums guided by the musical direction of her manager and dear friend, Anthony J.W. Benson. For Leaving Kansas' new rootsy feel, Benson enlisted an experienced production team to help capture the emotion and intimacy that would best highlight Holly's beautiful voice and skillful songwriting.

With the new team in place, including renowned recording engineer Ian Terry (David Bowie, Diana Krall, Leonard Cohen) and mastering wiz Dominick Maita (Fall Out Boy, Jewel, Curtis Stigers), Leaving Kansas wowed the indie Americana scene. The album was well-reviewed in the UK's Maverick Magazine, More Magazine, Performing Songwriter's DIY section, as well as being highlighted on itunes, Napster, CMT.com and various indie blogs.

Holly's latest concoction is a 70's inspired soul album helmed again by Anthony J.W. Benson, entitled "Frequency." A new team of incredible musicians, plus some old faces, and the legendary Tom Tucker engineering (Prince, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt) are bringing results which arguably, reflect the best of Holly Long as a performer and songwriter to date.

Holly happily resides in Venice, CA with her husband and children and continues to wrangle the butterfly muse. Through therapy, yoga, and a little help from her friends, Holly performs with love and gratefulness.

Peace. Love. Music.

Lyrics

Simply

Written By: Holly Long

SIMPLY

Out of the ashes
Out of the fire- that burned me clean
You came to me- to my life
And I knew you were gonna be the one
To finally set things right

Out of my dreams
Into my days
I learned to walk in the shoes of someone truly loved
And duly humble
At the thought of things finally set right

So I give it all up to you
I give it all up to you- yeah you
‘Cause I don’t know just where I’d be
Or who
Without simply the thought of you

Over time
Over wounds from long ago
I learned to sing a sweeter song
And the winds that drifted on back to me
Sounded like things finally set right

So I give it all up to you
I give it all up to you- yeah you
‘Cause I don’t know just where I’d be
Or who
Without simply the thought of you

Oh- I may not know exactly where I’m goin
But I know I ain't never gonna be alone
Because you- oh you lay all your love right on down on me

So I give it all up to you
I give it all up to you- yeah you
‘Cause I don’t know just where I’d be
Or who
Without simply the thought of you

Trust Me

Written By: Holly Long

You gotta trust me with your heart
Trust me in all that I do
You gotta trust me when I tell you that you’re safe with me
Trust me with you

You gotta trust me with your heart
Trust me when I say I couldn’t break it
Trust me with your heart
Trust me that I don’t know how to fake it

Let me hold you in the palm of my hand
Let me feel you start to understand
I could never kill your wounded dove
I just want your fragile love

You gotta trust me with your dreams
Trust me that I see inside them
Trust me with your dark things
Trust that I can find the light inside them

Let me hold you in the palm of my hand
Let me feel you start to understand
I could never kill your wounded dove
I just want your fragile love

(break)

You gotta look at me like a mirror
And know that I am right here right now with you
You gotta know I see all the open wounds
And that I just really really love you

Holly Long © 2006 All Rights Reserved

Discography

Frequency - CD
Leaving Kansas - CD
Five for the Road - EP
Six-Sided Woman - EP
Every Little Seam - CD
City Girl - CD

Set List

Ever-changing originals and covers.