For some time now, I've been listening to the fabulous voice of Flo Bannigan. Her Angry Baby blog not only showcases her own music but also features some great new talent. And this is how I first heard the beautifully pure voice of Hollie Aires.
Hollie is known in and around her home town of Rugby as the the "Rugby Songbird". For several years, Hollie has been performing in West End musicals and singing in festivals around the UK; as Swallow in Whistle Down the Wind, she received considerable critical acclaim - her next challenge is as Mimi in Rent. In addition, industry support has been quick in coming with Hollie having written with Hit composer Jayne Taylor and further support from Martin Sutton at the PRS in London, KISS FM DJ Charlie Hedges and Radio 1's Annie Nightingale.
Now, Hollie is just about to embark on a short UK tour and has just released her second EP, Ghosts inthe Garden. Listening to it, I'm struck by Hollie's wide vocal range, shown off perfectly in the second track, If I Should Break. There is also a striking resemblance to the music of Suzanne Vega and Joni Mitchell, amongst others, in this song. The haunting melody showcases her range and the accompanying lyrics point towards a mature song writing future. One line gives this review it's title whilst another gives pause for thought: "I can't lose you like I've lost myself".
If you like strong female vocalists with a penchant for hauntingly beautiful melodies and thought provoking lyrics, Ghosts in the Garden would be a great addition to your music collection.
Take a look at Hollie's latest music video:
This review was first published on thoughtsofjustafan blog: