Sharlene Holt

Sharlene Holt


Sharlene captures the audience's interest from her very first song. As a solo performer, Sharlene's folk-rock jazzy guitar complements her heartfelt lyrics and strong voice. With her band or in a duo/trio, Sharlene often showcases her talent on the flute and keyboard, too.


Sharlene has played her songs in five states over the past 20 years. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, Sharlene holds a Masters degree and is a freelance writer. Sharlene "sits in" frequently with a number of bands in Denver, demonstrating her talent and versatility as a vocalist and instrumentalist on styles including jazz, acoustic, blues, swing, and rock.

Sharlene performs original and cover music for a diverse audience for open mikes, small weddings and gatherings, to taverns, large parties, festivals, and conventions. Sharlene performs as a solo, duo, trio, or full band. Musicians who accompany Sharlene during her performances include music graduates and professionals from all over the West.

To complement her unique original acoustic styles, Sharlene draws upon diverse influences ranging from classic rock artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Heart, Missing Persons, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, and Pretenders, to more contemporary artists such as Matchbox 20, Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Alanis Morrisette, Indigo Girls, and Sheryl Crow. In addition to her original tunes, Sharlene performs covers by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Ricki Lee Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams.


Sharlene's jazz/acoustic studio CD, "What You're Headed For," is available for purchase through ITunes. Her CD, "Live at Front Street Music" is also available for purchase at her performances.

Set List

Sharlene typically performs three to four, 45-minute sets of material, totalling forty songs. She divides her sets about half and half, weaving her dynamic and soulful original songs into a tapestry of blues, jazz, and alternative acoustic music to entertain an all-ages crowd.

In addition to her original songs, Sharlene's typical set would cover artists and tunes such as:

Help Me (Joni Mitchell)
Chuck E's in Love (Ricki Lee Jones)
Fire and Rain (James Taylor)
After the Goldrush (Neil Young)
Kissed by a Rose (Seal)
Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls)
Midnight at the Oasis (Maria Muldaur)
Can't Let Go (Lucinda Williams)
Since I Fell For You (Bonnie Raitt)
Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker)
Before You Accuse Me (Eric Clapton)
Winding Road (Sheryl Crow)
Crazy (Alanis Morrisette)
Suite Judy Blue Eyes (CSNY)
Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles)
Summertime (Billie Holiday)
Crazy (Nora Jones)