A native Mississippian now living in Los Angeles, Claire Holley began performing and writing songs in college, but released her first recordings while living in North Carolina. She began getting regular airplay on WUNC's Back Porch Music and her self-titled debut from Yep Roc Records was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition. A move to the west coast followed, and soon after, she began collaborating with directors on their film and play projects. Holley’s collaboration with Kristin Mooney, the powdercoat ep, won the 2014 Best in Popular Music from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and Huffington Post called it "one of the year's loveliest recordings." A tasteful vocalist and guitar player, Claire is an engaging performer and has sung at Merlefest, Mountain Stage and a host of listening rooms around the country. Holley’s forthcoming solo album, Time in the Middle, comes out June 6, 2015 . A gig celebrating this release will be Sat June 6 @ Room 5 Lounge at 9pm.
“Holley's voice is nothing short of achingly beautiful, the songwriting [on Hush] could be used as an example of a poetic art form, and the production is top notch." — Huffington Post
“This is hummable, confessional folk that manages to seem simultaneously powerful and light as a feather” – No Depression
“She is graced with a fine voice, but more than that, she has learned how to use it expressively….She uses evocative images that are sparse enough that the listener joins in creating the world the song inhabits. She is a keen observer of people and places.” – Dirty Linen
“Holley’s work is straightforward, unabashed and beautiful.” – Performing Songwriter
Visit Claire's website here