Layonne Holmes - The Motor City Revue - New Standard Jazz Quintet

Layonne Holmes - The Motor City Revue - New Standard Jazz Quintet

 Keyport, New Jersey, USA

Soulful female vocalist, with a diverse band of musicians, performing a variety of music that is positive, uplifting, inspirational and a lot of fun...


Layonne Holmes (The Motor City Revue, New Standard Jazz Quintet) is a vocalist with range from funk and soul, to jazz and blues and rock & roll. With family gospel groundwork, Layonne has continually pursued her love of all genres. She has stage and studio experience and continues to broaden her horizons by working with a variety of talented musicians. "I always try to challenge myself and continue to learn more and more."

Layonne has been doing just that with her latest project, The Motor City Revue. Not your ordinary Motown Band, the 10-piece band covers popular and rare Motown hits, plus rock and soul classics -- striving for an authentic sound that's very danceable and a lot of fun. This New Jersey-based group is made up of seasoned musicians with extensive experience in premier jazz festivals, stages and sessions, adding solid musicianship and appreciation for the music.

In addition she performs a tribute to Great Jazz Ladies with the eclectic New Standard Jazz Quintet, honoring music made famous by some of the greatest vocalists ever to grace the stage: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone. The show is quickly gaining recognition from jazz lovers seeking a classical performance of songs from the American Songbook.

Layonne also has a diverse solo career, performing a wide range of material with Bob Bandiera's Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue concerts at the Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ), the State Theatre (New Brunswick, NJ) and the State Theater (Easton, PA), with a long, impressive list of musical talent.

Layonne can also be found singing a wide range of American music with Tim McLoone & The Shirleys, as well as singing and volunteering with Holiday Express, the New Jersey Shore-based non-profit that brings music, supplies, financial support and goodwill to those in great need.

Previously Layonne founded RAIN, a female-fronted band including her mother, former Springsteen backing vocalist Delores Holmes, and friend Debbie Vaughn. RAIN's fusion of soul, jazz, R&B, rock and gospel pleased varied audiences and venues with classic soul and neo-soul material. Layonne's originals were also woven into this tapestry of revisioned classics.

Also an experienced studio session singer, Layonne recorded for Fernando Saunders of Lou Reed Band, Vini Lopez of Steel Mill, The late Danny Federici and Bill Chinnock, Steve Delopoulos and John DeGrazio of Burlap to Cashmere, Matt O'Ree, The Soul Project, and many others. Layonne was also a member of Love Among Freaks (of Clerks movie fame) and sang on the band's full-length album. She and her mother backed Bruce Springsteen on the internationally-televised 9/11 Tribute to Heroes Telethon and appear on the album of the same name.

This combined history has allowed Layonne to share the stage with Beth Nielson Chapman, Phoebe Snow, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, and Gary US Bonds, among others.

Layonne's voice is smoky and soulful, mature and compelling. She recognizes the importance of music that tells a story, heals, uplifts and focuses on the positive. As a songwriter (ASCAP) you'll find these themes in her lyrics. Live stage and studio experience, sweet and soulful, gritty and powerful, remembering the past and looking to the future.


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Set List

Set depends on the type of show:

Song Artist
(I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations
(I'm A) Road Runner - Junior Walker & The All Stars
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations
At Last (I Found A Love) - Edwin Starr
Back In My Arms Again - The Supremes
Ball Of Confusion
Bernadette - The Four Tops
Can I Get a Witness - Marvin Gaye
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & the Pips
Get Ready - The Temptations
He Was Really Saying Something - The Velvelettes
Heatwave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - Four Tops
I Was Made to Love Her - Stevie Wonder
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight & the Pips
I'll Be Around - The Spinners
Let's Get I