Jess Holland

Jess Holland

BandCountryRock

Think of a cross between Janis Joplin and a female Johnny Cash, and you would be pretty close to what Jess has to offer an audience! Her powerful pipes and unique musical style leaves her audiences wanting more...

Biography

Jess was born and bred in Mudgee, NSW and it was soon evident that music was in her blood. Her parent’s musical influence was apparent from a very young age, exposing her to a wide variety of artists.

However, country music was always a prominent genre, with her grandfather starting a local bush band, The Stringybark Band; famous for writing songs like The Mudgee Waltz.

The very first instrument learnt by Jess was the piano, teaching herself by ear at the age of three. From there, any instrument that was set in her path was experimented on. By the age of nine, she was participating in musical groups, plays and Jess would learn whatever instrument she could lay her hands on.

It was during her later school years that Jess started taking music seriously. She started a band in 2003, playing regularly at Wine bars and pubs in the area. From here, this group evolved into the current band Jess is involved in, McGee – for which she is lead singer as well as plays mandolin, keyboard and the acoustic guitar.

2008 was crammed with appearances, writing and recording for Jess. McGee released their self titled EP, which was released at ‘Day on the Green’ at Craigmoor Winery, Mudgee. This proved to be a personal highlight for Jess, supporting great Australian acts such as The Angels, Dragon, Operator Please and The Hoodoo Gurus. Her unique voice and laidback attitude had her audiences wanting more, being labelled ‘one of the best vocalists in the central west’.

While Jess regularly gigs with McGee she has got back to her roots, branching out to pursue a country music solo career.

Jess is currently in the process of writing and recording a solo album, with influences such as Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Slim Dusty, Corb Lund Band and the Zac Brown Band.

In 2011, Jess entered the Toyota Star Maker competition and was successfully chosen in the Top 20 finalists from Australia to perform in Tamworth, which was a huge achievement.

Discography

Singles with McGee:
Southern Comfort
Witness to Babylon
Piece of my Heart

Solo Singles (can be seen on YouTube)
Where I'm From
Ain't Much Better

Set List

ORIGINALS
Southern Comfort
Bones and Scars
Where I'm From
Witness to Babylon
Ain't Much Better
Me, Myself and I
Banjo
Test for a Cowboy

COVERS
2 Pina Colladas - Garth Brooks
Always keep an edge on your knife - Corb Lund Band
All I wanna do - Sugarland
April Sun in Cuba - Dragon
American Honey - Lady Antebellum
American Pie - Don McLean
Another Saturday Night - Cat Stevens
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence
Best of you - Foo Fighters
Betterman - Pearl Jam
Big Yellow Taxi - Jonie Mitchell
Black Horse and Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Blue Jeans - Keith Urban
Boots are made for walking - Nina Sinatra
Bring me some water - Melissa Ethridge
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band
Close 2 you - John Butler Trio
Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Cover of the rolling stones - Dr. Hook
Crazy - Knarles Barkley
Don’t change - INXS
Don’t let your babies - Willy Nelson/Waylon Jennings
Don’t think twice its alright - Bob Dylan