An electrifying bond of authenticity links modern chanteuse Holly Elle’s radiant voice to lyrics, melodies and beats. With soul infused pop as a point of reference – and the mantra “No Labels, no rules, no limits” – Holly arrives with verve, vision and vibe.
While the press might portray Holly as a “Pop Powerhouse” there are far more complex dimensions to her ever-evolving artistry. Whether fronting a full throttle band, commanding a concert stage with electronic tracks or in an intimate venue accompanied by only an acoustic guitarist, she is equally enthralling. “The whole point of making music is for me to connect,” she confirms.
Balancing this conviction is an engaging sense of humor. On camera, Holly appears as a compelling presence in a series of videos projecting her image across the digital spectrum. The visuals accompanying the song “Seeing Red” from the EP Leopardess depict Holly as the heroine in a “full Tarantino revenge fantasy,” as she extracts retribution on a two-timing Lothario. Also of note is her live rendition of “Who I Am,” for the worldwide showcase BalconyTV, as the Nashville skyline serves as a magical backdrop for a performance that is both genuine and enthralling.
With her new single, “Lifeline,” Holly traveled to Los Angeles to work with hit producer Isaac Hasson (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez.) She envisions this song as the first single in a series to be released over the next year. The track adds to her recorded output that commenced with her debut EP, Infinitude and the song “Don’t Come Home,” as featured on MTV’s Real World: San Diego. Noted by Music Connection magazine as one of the country’s hottest unsigned artists, Holly began the first of two successful collaborations with the hit Nashville production team Zodlounge.
Holly ascended to the next level in her career with Leopardess, as phrases like “fierce and fiery,” and “taking no prisoners” were extolled by charmed reviewers and bloggers alike. Her viral video hit “Freak” struck a resonant chord, especially with young LGBT audiences who drew inspiration from the song’s message of empowerment and inclusion. Praised by opinion makers across the board, it was highlighted with two articles in the leading national gay publication The Advocate. Further strengthening this connection, Holly was invited to perform at the 250,000 strong Atlanta Pride Weekend.
Originally from Chestermere, a small community just outside of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Holly’s earliest musical influences were nurtured by her parents’ house parties as a community of European immigrants shared the sounds of their respective musical heritages. Extended car trips with the family introduced her to a soundtrack of Sixties and Seventies classics and the Brit-pop brought back from England by her brothers who were studying abroad provided a modern melodic counterpoint.
Classically trained with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and with inclusion on two Canadian albums: Things You Never Thought I’d Say by Freddy and Around the Universe in 80 Minutes – A Tribute to Klaatu, Holly was ready to launch a career in the U.S. – home to her favorite pop divas. Receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business at Nashville’s distinguished Belmont University, she joined the Music City creative community to perform at clubs, showcases, and writer’s rounds in the fabled music capitol.
Holly appreciates both her career as an independent artist and her adopted city. “I love the feel of Nashville,” she says. “It helps me to take a breath and to slow down.” The doting mistress of a Chihuahua named Chickadee (who appears in a cameo in the “Seeing Red” video), a self-confessed speedy driver and a confirmed night owl, one of her favorite hobbies is playing poker, a game where her sense of honesty often reveals too much. “Just as in life I can’t lie,” she says of her card-shark strategy.
From song to stage to video and beyond, Holly celebrates all of the elements in her escalating career. As a complex Gemini with a treasure of talents and corresponding business acumen, her goals remain simple and sincere. “Loving music, continuing to make it, and finding an outlet,” she concludes.