Kit Holmes

Kit Holmes

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandPopJazz

Kit Holmes serves up handcrafted, jazz-infused pop. A one-woman wonder (writer/performer/multi-instrumentalist/producer and engineer), who's music will have you laughing, crying and dancing in the aisles, but most of all, hanging on every word!

Biography

For more than 25 years, Kit has played in studios and on stages as a musician and vocalist, producer and engineer for original rock, country, R&B, folk/Americana and jazz groups. In late 2001, she moved to Austin Texas to focus on songwriting, composing and promoting her brand of intelligent, upbeat music.

Influenced by such writers and performers as Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin, Sting, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Steven Sondheim, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt and Patti Labelle, Kit's music features intelligent, clever and often humorous lyrics and lush, intricate harmonies over smooth, powerful piano chops.

Kit entered her first songwriting contest in 2004 and came away a finalist with her song, "Take Me Back". In 2005, Kit garnered a 3rd place award for "All I Know", and another finalist bid for the instrumental "Swing Set". In late 2006, Kit was again a songwriting contest finalist with "Headed West". 2007 brought a third place award for "Its a New Day" and a finalist nod for "Fishin', Baseball, Boats and Beer".

Every vocal and instrument track, every lyric and arrangement on Kit's first three CDs ("All I Know", "Bearden Creek" and "It's a New Day") were created by the extraordinary talents of Kit Holmes in her home studio.

Lyrics

All I Know

Written By: Kit Holmes

It was another lousy day at work so at lunch I took a drive
To figure out just how it was that all my dreams had died
Down a red dirt road was an old wooden church on the edge of a cotton field
And a big ‘ol ancient oak tree waving to me in the breeze

So I pulled up right next to it pleased with the choice I’d made
I was gonna find some peace, by God, in that tree’s majestic shade
I did not expect what I heard next since I thought I was alone
A gentle voice said, “I’m so glad you found your way back home…

…the answer you’re looking for is right inside your heart.
Why not try to open it wide? You’ll find a brand new place to start
All I know is time won’t wait - it slips like water through your hands.
You should know that it’s not too late to make a change in plans…
…that’s all I know.”

So I’m staring at this old woman, about as old as that old tree,
An amazing fire in her eyes and she was staring back at me.
I asked her where she came from and if I’d lost my sanity.
She said, “Honey, when you asked for help, you ended up with me...

…the answer you’re looking for is right inside your heart.
Why not try to open it wide? You’ll find a brand new place to start
All I know is time won’t wait - it slips like water through your hands.
You should know that it’s not too late to make a change in plans…
…that’s all I know.”

Well I woke up under that sprawling oak as day turned into night
A gentle breeze had spread the leaves and a single ray of light
Became that woman’s smile as she disappeared from sight
How else could I thank her, but to act on her advice?

The answer I was looking for was in my heart, it’s true
I changed my plans and here I am singing all my songs for you
And all I know is time won’t wait - it slips like water through your hands
You should know that it’s never too late to make a change in plans…
…that’s all I know.

c.2004/2007 Kit Holmes Music / No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

It's a New Day

Written By: Kit Holmes

It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day right now
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
A brand new day right now

You got your body, your hands, your eyes and your ears
You got your mind, your thoughts, your dreams and your fears
You got your soul, a beautiful soul, oh yeah,

Life can be happy or life can be blue
You’ll get the one you’re givin’ your attention to

(Chorus)

You got your pride but don’t let it get in your way
You got your past but it ain’t who you are today
You got your soul, a beautiful soul, oh, yeah.

Every moment is mighty – you get to choose
Shine your lovin’ light! You got nothin’ to lose

(Chorus)

(solo over first part of verse)

You’ve got your soul
Your beautiful soul, oh yeah

It’s always darkest just before dawn
So quit all your fussin’ and carryin’ on ‘cause

Chorus (twice)

c.2007, Kit Holmes Music/No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

I Swear (Four Letter Word)

Written By: Kit Holmes

Love is my favorite four-letter word
I swear
I use it any time
Anywhere
I can keep it in my pocket
Or let it fly like a rocket
Love is my favorite four letter word
I swear

Love is my favorite four letter word
It’s true
I use it to forgive
What people do
On the job or stuck in traffic
No other word can match it
Love is my favorite four letter word
It’s true

You know I’d be a liar if I were saying
Dirty words have never crossed my lips
It’s said that every time we speak we’re praying
That’s why the place I used to dwell
Looked a bit too much like Hell

Love is my favorite four letter word
Here’s why:
It'll make you more friends than foes
As time goes by
And when you find yourself in tight places
It’ll cover all your bases
Love is my favorite four letter word
That’s why

Love is my favorite four-letter word
I swear
I use it any time
Everywhere
I can keep it in my pocket
Or let it fly like a rocket
Love is my favorite four letter word
I swear

c.2007, Kit Holmes Music / No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

Fishin', Baseball, Boats 'n Beer

Written By: Kit Holmes

Hey darlin’, let’s go fishin’
The weather’s warm and clear
We’ll throw some cold ones in the cooler
And bring the radio along to hear
The first pitch of the opener
Man, I love this time of year
Time for fishin’, baseball, boats and beer

Darlin’ we got a good thing
And you know that I’m sincere
When I say I’m still in love with you
After all these years
Now some folks wonder ‘bout our secret
I smile when I say, “Now, listen here…
We love fishin, baseball, boats and beer”

Baseball’s like good lovin’
Full of passion, faith and hope
And the patience you learn fishing
Will keep your love afloat
We always share a pint of kindness
And things that we hold dear
Things like fishin’, baseball, boats and beer

Yeah, darlin’ I remember the first time I met you
That mornin’ on the pier
You were loadin’ up your little skiff
With a cooler and some fishin’ gear
Singin’ “Take me out to the Ballgame”
I fell in love right then and there
Yeah, with fishin’, baseball, boats and beer”

Baseball’s like good lovin’
Full of passion, faith and hope
The patience you learn fishing
Will keep your love afloat
Always share a pint of kindness
And things that you hold dear
Things like fishin’, baseball, boats and beer

Oh, we love fishin’, baseball, boats and beer

c. 2007, Kit Holmes Music/No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

Return To Love

Written By: Kit Holmes

Everybody's got a story
Lord knows I've got mine
All our pain and our glory
All the masks we hide behind

I'm standing here in wonder
At my faith in things unseen
Holding back or diving under
There is no in between

Everything's a lesson, everyone's a mirror
No matter where I am
But when my heart is open and my mind is clear
I know I can

Oh return to love
Return, return to love
Oh return to love
Return, return to love

I'm deconstructing my defenses
Dismantling my pride
Making peace and mending fences
With who I am inside

When I let myself go deeper
Love is closer than my breath
My master and my keeper
Are beating right here in my chest

Everything's a lesson, everyone's a mirror
No matter where I am
My heart is open, my mind is clear
I know I can

Chorus

Everything's a lesson, everyone's a mirror
In everything I do
My heart is open and my mind is clear
Now I'm asking you to

Chorus

c. 2008, Kit Holmes Music / No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

Lost In the Music

Written By: Kit Holmes

Everyone dressed up and headed on down
To the year's biggest "see and be seen" in this town
Old friends and new lovers
Hover around on their dates

I said "Yes" to your invite
but are we just friends?
It's hard not to stare at you there where you stand
I'm nervous and hopeful of holding your hand
While we wait to get

Lost in the music
Lost as the moon moves over the sky
Lost in the music
Lost

A sea of fresh haircuts, outfits and scents
Pours through the gate of this sold-out event
Wallflowers and wannabes hang be the fence

We sing along to the old songs sung out from the stage
And you smile at my stories from back in the day
I'm searching your eyes
Are we turning a page tonight?

We're lost in the music
Lost as the moon moves over the sky
Lost in the music
Lost

She brushes right by you
I see you look twice
That piece of your history turns you to ice
I'm suddenly chilled
On this sultry, summer night

In the crowd, in the lights
You melt into your friends
And it looks like our evening's just come to an end
I can't say I'm happy but I won't pretend to think
I'm on your mind
I think I'll stay behind
And stay

Lost in the music
Lost
As the moon moves over the sky
Lost in the music
Lost

c.2008 Kit Holmes Music/No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

Hold You in the Light

Written By: Kit Holmes

It's in your eyes
The questions of the ages
There are challenges and changes
in everything you see
It's hard to trust
And sometimes the best of us can
lose our way
That's why I'm here to say

I'm gonna hold you in the light
Hold you in the light
Hold you 'til you know again
That everything's alright
And I'll remind you
As you are, you are enough
I'm gonna hold you in the light of love

It's in your hands
There are angels in the answers
Choose your second chances
This is where you're meant to be
Don't second guess
Life'll give you all the happiness you deserve
Rest assured

I'm gonna hold you in the light
Hold you in the light
Hold you 'til you know again
That everything's alright
And I'll remind you
As you are, you are enough
I'm gonna hold you in the light of love

I'm gonna ask you to remember
that you have everything you need
Everytime you look into a mirror
'cause no matter where life finds you
The light of love surrounds you
You'll always have the only words you'll ever need to hear

I'm gonna hold you in the light
Hold you in the light
Hold you 'til you know again
That everything's alright
And I'll remind you
As you are, you are enough
I'm gonna hold you in the light of love
I'm gonna hold you in the light of love

c.2008, Kit Holmes Music/No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

The Road That Lies Ahead

Written By: Kit Holmes

I'm travelin' light now
I've set my sights now
On the road that lies ahead
The view is clearing
The call I'm hearing
To the road that lies ahead

All those years I lived in fear
Are gone
I've said goodbye
I put my faith
In wisdom, grace and life

There is a map there
It's one we all share
To the road that lies ahead
No room for sorrow
In my tomorrow
On the road that lies ahead

I may be walking out
the door
Into a stormy night
But I don't care
I'm going where my own
Sun shines
My own sun shines

I'm traveling light now
I've set my sights now
On the road that lies ahead
On the road that lies ahead
On the road that lies ahead

c.2007, Kit Holmes Music/No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)

Discography

"Return To Love" (12 tracks), self-released, March 2011; "Its a New Day" (9 tracks) self-released, September 2007; "All I Know", (6 tracks) self-released July 2004; "Bearden Creek Meditation", single, self-released January 2004; "Big Red Cadillac", single (on multi-artist compilation album) released October 1995; Musician and vocal session credits on more than 30 independent album projects from 1994 to the present. Mastering/engineering and/or producing credits on more than 200 independent recording projects from 1990 to the present.

All the tracks for "All I Know", "It's a New Day" and "Return to Love" are available for download (purchase) at www.kitholmesmusic.com as well as Itunes, Amazon and other fine digital retailers. Digital radio play on OneVibrationRadio.com, UnityFM.com, GratitudeRadio.com. and more.

Set List

Kit has enough original material to play for more than 2 hours. Her original songs include:

Return To Love
It's A New Day
Road That Lies Ahead
Wind in the Trees
Blue Guitar
Already Free
Fishin', Baseball, Boats and Beer
All I Know
River
Hell Tonight
Essence of You
Take Me Back
Swing Set
Blind Date
Split Decision
Hurricane
I Swear
White North
Headed West
.......and more

Covers like "At Last" (Etta James), "Angel from Montgomery" (John Prine) and "Dock of The Bay" (Otis Redding) are carefully chosen and "arranged for freshness" by Kit herself.