Jess Holland

Jess Holland


With reviews like ‘a voice that could peel the pain off walls’ [Mike McClellan] it’s evident that country starlet Jess Holland is one of those musicians to watch out for.


With reviews like ‘a voice that could peel the pain off walls’ [Mike McClellan] it’s evident that country starlet Jess Holland is one of those musicians to watch out for.

Stepping out of the shadows of her band to record her debut solo release, this 2011 Voice of Urban Country winner at the Urban Country Music Festival and Top 20 finalist in the 2011 Toyota Star Maker Competition has already been making waves on the country scene.

Jess isn’t a new face on the music scene; she’s been honing her skills for years, and comes from music royalty. Her grandfather was a founding member of well-known bush band The Stringybark Band, so it’s no surprise that Jess felt a resonance with country music. As a three-year-old, Jess taught herself to play the piano, and by the age of nine she was performing in musical groups in her home town of Mudgee.

In high school she formed her own rock band McGee, which saw this powerhouse vocalist showcasing her talents, while also playing mandolin, keyboard or acoustic guitar. McGee had incredible local success for a fledgling band. They released their debut self-title EP in 2008, which included songs such as ‘Southern Comfort’ and ‘Witness to Babylon’, and secured performance spots on the likes of the 2008 A Day on the Green. Here, Jess performed along side acts such as Operator Please, Dragon, The Angels and Hoodoo Gurus.

In 2009 Jess participated in a compilation CD recording, Pick of the Bunch showcasing McGee’s new single, When you know, along with other local talent from the Central West. The following year, Jess took the definitive step and launched her solo career as a country music artist, touring Central Western NSW and Southern Queensland. Stepping out on her own was a brave step, but a natural progression for Jess which allowed her to showcase her versatility as an artist.

Jess kicked off 2011 with a great start to her solo career, being chosen as a Top 20 finalist for the Toyota Star Maker. Soon after Star Maker, Jess began to establish herself as a country music artist and continued to increase her professional status amongst the industry. She continued to tour around Central Western and Northern NSW, supporting artists such as Ladies of Jazz (Paulini, Christine Anu and Grace Knight), Luke Dickens, Uncle Bobs Jug Band and Adam Kilpatrick. In her television first, she performed at the wedding for Scott Warby on Channel 9’s show Farmer Wants a Wife.

Earning the title of 2011 Voice of Urban Country at the 2011 Urban Country Music Festival in Caboolture was a great stepping stone forward for Jess. This accolade allowed her to not only record her debut album, but also star in her debut video clip for My Kinda Town.

In August 2011, Jess recorded and released an acoustic EP, Test for a Cowboy - a five song dedication to friend and Mudgee poet, Kevin Pye, who wrote the poems for Jess to record.

Soon after, Jess was accepted into and graduated from the 2011 CMAA Country Music College in Tamworth. Her musical abilities were soon recognised and encouraged, being mentored by musicians such as Lynn Bowtell, Mike McClellan and Lawrie Minson.

Jess released her debut solo album in November 2011, titled ‘Introducing Jess Holland’ which wrapped up an incredible year of achievements. The album features ten of her own tracks including ‘Iddy Biddy Pride’, Hell & Back’ and ‘My Kinda Town’. If this album is anything to go by, country music is definitely where Jess has found her niche.

Jess also won a performance place at the 2012 Telstra Road to Discovery competition, held at the Toowoomba Festival of the Flowers, which provided her with experience and exposure to industry professionals.

2011 has certainly helped confirm to this impressive multi-instrumentalist that country music is where her future lies. If her success so far is anything to go by, 2012 is going to be a massive year for Jess, with the release of more tracks from her and performances and touring opportunities


Take My Hand

Written By: Jess Holland

Take My Hand
Written by Jess Holland

Two kids together
Fall in love it happened all at once
And drift away

Never knew it would lead to this
It all started with your first kiss
So I close my eyes

You go on through me
Like I don’t know how

Take my hand as we start this life
He said “Come to me and be my wife.”
As the bridal ring goes round and round
Eachother they see, without a sound
La la la la
La la la la

She says “I feel it now coming from you,
I keep a-thinkin’ how you see me from a few
And I drift away.
So now I find I won’t break free
I look behind and you’re a-followin’ me
So I close my eyes.”

You go on through me
Like you don’t know how


He holds her close and he pulls her near
And spins her gently without a care
Be with me…


La la la la

Iddy Biddy Pride

Written By: Jess Holland

I'm a-runnin' down the track
With this weight on my back
With a sneaky little Jack on the side
I'm a-tearin' it up
And puttin' it down
Just a-tryna get some time to bide

I'm a whole lotta woman
And I'm tryna find me someone
Who can do what they shouldn't to me
I'm gonna find me a match
I'm gonna light up a batch
Of your photos for the world to see

Its about time you excused yourself from the equation
That was a long time ago
Now I'm ready to go to the light
You shoulda known, shoulda cared
But it ain't worth worryin' bout
An iddy biddy part of your pride
You lucked out
You're goin' home with no one tonight

Well I'm an old kinda girl
In this rock and roll world
But I'll give it a burl you see
Well I'm a-tearin' it up
You're gonna fill up your cup
And charge it with all stuff you and me

Go on and say a prayer
Well you do it or dare
While you sit on your chair lookin' high
Well you go behind my back
And show all your cracks
While I'm takin' the slack that you buy



2008 "McGee" - debut album with band McGee. With songs such as "Sounthern Comfort" and "Piece of My Heart".

2009 "Pick of the Bunch" - Compilation CD showcasing McGee's new single "When You Know".

2010 "AMES Unsigned & Original Compilation CD" - Jess was included on this CD with "Ain't Much Better.

2011 "Test For a Cowboy EP" - released September, with songs such as "Hometown Lights" and "Test For a Cowboy".

2011 "Introducing Jess Holland" - Jess's debut solo album released November, with songs such as "My Kinda Town" and "Iddy Biddy Pride".

Set List

JESS SINGS TRACKS FROM HER NEW ALBUM "Introducing Jess Holland" as well as covers.

The list is forever changing, but some of Jess's favourite songs to perform include:

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
Baby I love your way
Bad Moon Rising - CCR
Best of you - Foo Fighters
Betterman - Pearl Jam
Big Blue Sky
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Black Horse and Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Blue Jeans - Keith
Boots are made for walking
Bring me some water - Nancy Sinatra
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band
Close 2 you - John Bulter Trio
Cocaine - ZZ Top
Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Cover of the rolling stones - Dr Hook
Crazy - Knarles Barkley
Dock of the Bay
Don’t change - Grinspoon
Don’t let your