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 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.
She created the one-woman musical LOVE, LINDA: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter with award-winning composer Gary William Friedman. LOVE, LINDA enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway Premiere at the York Theatre 2013-2014 and returned to the Triad Theater for a special limited engagement in October 2018. Holland starred in both productions, with direction by TONY-Winner Richard Maltby, Jr.
Her last 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’s joined by a stellar jazz trio with pianist Randy Ingram at the helm, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, and a string quartet on several selections. Arrangements are by Gary William Friedman, and Grammy-winning producer Todd Barkan joins Holland, once again.
Previous CDs include Before Love Has Gone, which 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 relationship developed to yet another level, when they married.
The Holland-Friedman collaboration has led to several internationally acclaimed jazz vocal albums, an array of 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, This Is America, a fundraising anthem released after September 11th, 2001, and a variety of musical theater projects.