Stevie Holland is an American jazz vocalist, writer and lyricist. She has headlined at major concert halls, jazz clubs and cabaret rooms, in addition to performing in theater, amassing an unusually eclectic fan base along the way. A dynamic performer and internationally acclaimed song stylist, she continues to chart her own path as a completely original artist.
In the past few years, she has performed in a one-woman musical, entitled
Love, Linda: The Life Of Mrs. Cole Porter.
Created by Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman, LOVE, LINDA had a successful Off-Broadway Premiere in a limited engagement at the York Theatre in 2014, directed by TONY award-winning Richard Maltby, Jr. LOVE, LINDA is now available for licensing through theater publisher Tams-Witmark.
Her new CD Life Goes On, is a collection of original songs, standards, and Stevie’s trademark picks of lesser-known gems from the pop world and American Songbook. She is joined by a stellar jazz trio with pianist Randy Ingram at the helm, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, and a string quartet on some selections. Arrangements are by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, and Grammy-winning producer Todd Barkan joins Holland, once again.
Her previous CD Before Love Has Gone, received acclaim from jazz, pop and cabaret critics, and made the critic’s list as a Top CD of the Year at USA TODAY. Jazz journalist Gary Giddins penned the Liner Notes.
The youngest of seven children, Stevie grew up in a music-filled, Norwegian-Italian household in Westchester County, New York, and studied drama at New York University. Her father was a tenor sax-playing commercial artist and avid jazz record collector, and her mother was a church soloist who performed in recitals and operas. (Her Uncle, Mike Olivieri was a bandleader and pianist who served as Fred Astaire’s Music Director in the USO).
After establishing herself as a performer and lyricist in New York, she forged a steady songwriting collaboration with composer Gary William Friedman; the partnership evolved to yet another level, when they married.
The Holland-Friedman collaboration has led to several internationally acclaimed jazz vocal albums, along with an array of varied songwriting projects, including a Theme Song for Joey Reynolds, the popular Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer/ Radio talk show host, which was played nightly on his national WOR Radio program, and This Is America, a fundraising anthem released after September 11th, 2001.
Other current writing projects include a new adaptation and revival of the musical PLATINUM, BARNSONG, – a musical screenplay, and DREAM MOUNTAIN, a musical about Gutzon Borglum, the man who carved Mount Rushmore.
Stevie’s sense of humor, vulnerability, swinging jazz phrasing and sheer vocal beauty shine through on her new release, Life Goes On, in stores now.