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About Holly Lerski

b. London, England. Lerski’s family relocated to rural Norfolk when Holly was nine, where the budding pop star played in a number of local bands. After attending art school, Lerski formed a band with friend and guitarist, Jo Baker. Come 1997, the union between the two resulted in the formation of Angelou. This underrated folk rock band recorded two excellent albums, 1998’s Automiracles and 2000’s While You Were Sleeping, but sessions in Denmark for their third were beset by problems and budget issues with their record company eventually closed the proceedings. With a half finished album in their possession, the duo called upon friends Cath Evans (drums), Doves’ associate Martin Rebelski (keyboards), and a member of Johnny Marr’s band, James Doviak (guitar), to lend a hand. Sessions were completed in the Manchester City Centre, resulting in the finished product, Life Is Beautiful, being completed in summer 2002. Issued nearly a year later on the Sanctuary label, the record was credited solely to Lerski on the cover. The album earned the singer-songwriter favourable comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Beth Orton, and, on the more upbeat moments, to the much-loved UK indie pop unit the Sundays. Subsequent shows with the Cranberries, Josh Rouse, and Jason Mraz only heightened Lerski’s profile, as did BBC radio’s support of the album’s first single, a Ben Hillier remix of ‘My Love’, in addition to a Janice Long studio session.

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London, England
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Rock

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