Sony Holland Bio
Sony Holland was born in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Pelican Rapids, where her father was a minister and her mother a choir director, voice and piano instructor. Sony followed her musical path from regional rock cover bands to demo singing in Nashville. That's where she met songwriter/guitarist and future husband, Jerry Holland, on a blind date.
After Jerry hit platinum by composing music and lyrics for the #1 country song, FRIENDS, recorded by Jon Michael Montgomery, the couple celebrated with a bohemian sabbatical in Paris, where they both fell in love with jazz. When it was time to head back to the states they landed in San Francisco. There, Sony found her groove by busking on the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.
Sony established a loyal local following and became a popular performer in the Bay Area's jazz venues, working with every size combo from duo to big band, touring extensively in Asia and many of the top venues across the United States. Sony has opened for George Benson and sang the National Anthem for the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Sony's new CD, Kitchen Sessions, shows off her love for quality songwriting and ease with multiple genres. For this collection Sony and her guitarist/husband, Jerry, set out to capture the intimate sound of their rehearsals in their friends' amazing home. With microphones and cameras strategically placed the duo ran through a magical set of jazz standards, Bossa nova, singer/songwriter and original songs. This disc will also serve as a beautiful introduction to music fans in their new home of Denver, Colorado.
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Sony Holland by Jenn Hoffman
Sony Holland by Jenn Hoffman
Jazz singer-songwriter Sony Holland’s irresistible ‘Soft Power’
By Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal
On “Take a Deep Breath,” one of the original songs on her new album, “Soft Power,” jazz singer-songwriter Sony Holland wonders “what good is life if you’re worried to death?”
A good question, and one way to put your worries on hold would be to chill out, lay back and listen to this mellow mix of tasteful covers, tuneful originals and classics from the Great American Songbook.
Backed by a spare jazz trio — bassist Dan Feiszli, drummer David Rokeach and the flawless guitar work of her husband, Jerry — she sets her sensual voice in intimate arrangements of intelligently selected covers of Bob Dylan’s “All I Really Want to Do,” Bruce Springsteen’s poignant “Streets of Philadelphia” and Joni Mitchell’s intoxicating “A Case of You.”
She takes a big chance lacing six of her originals among brilliant tunes by those all-time greats, but her songs more than hold their own. Tracks like “Best Defense” and “Song of the Year” and “L.A. of My Dreams” sound sweet and fresh and smart, like they belong in that rarified company.
She brings her same coolly passionate approach to standards like “Time After Time” and the too-often covered Henry Mancini war horse “Moon River.”
With “Soft Power,” Holland makes easy listening very hard to resist.