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LIFE GOES ON - AND GETS BETTER

Jazz'nDramaboy...

Simply put, this is Stevie Holland's best album yet.
In my humble opinion.
Order it, and your life will be enriched.

Going around and coming around

WKellerman

There’s so much to feel in this record! The rendition of ‘TEA FOR TWO’ is excellent to begin with and I could feel that brooding, listful mood on ‘ANOTHER GREY MORNING’. Then, there’s fantastic piano and the title track ‘LIFE GOES ON’ is a reminder of the endless wheel of Life that keeps on turning. ‘TOMORROW’S LOOKING BRIGHTER TODAY’ is a spry number that's absolutely wonderful and I love that trumpet on ‘NOT WHILE I’M AROUND’.

About Stevie Holland

A gifted jazz vocalist with strong cabaret influences, Stevie Holland is respectful of musical history without being a hidebound traditionalist. Instead of running through the umpteenth rendition of "My Funny Valentine," the New York-based singer is more likely to explore the forgotten corners of the Great American Songbook or perform her own material, written in collaboration with her arranger and husband, Gary William Friedman. Raised in the tony New York City suburb of Westchester County in a musically inclined family of Norwegian and Italian descent (Holland performs a self-penned love song in Norwegian, based on a theme from national hero Edvard Grieg, on her 2004 album Restless Willow), Holland studied musical theater at New York University. Working as an actress and singer off-Broadway and in touring companies of Broadway musicals, Holland also began singing on the New York cabaret circuit during the 1990s. During this period, Holland also began writing her own lyrics, and was introduced to Friedman, a musical theater composer who had also written songs for the children's TV show The Electric Company in the 1970s. After the pair wed, Holland starred in Friedman's religious-themed musical The Last Supper; inspired by the project, the duo wrote an entire album's worth of original spiritual and inspirational songs, 2000's Do You Ever Dream. This was followed by a benefit single, "This Is America," written and rush-released after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City and Washington. Following these artistic detours, Holland returned to the cabaret and jazz circuits, releasing 2003's Almost Like Being in Love, 2004's Restless Willow, 2006's More Than Words Can Say, and 2008's Before Love Has Gone, all small-combo jazz records focusing on standards as well as original material. ~ Stewart Mason

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