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Holly completed the recording and mastering of the fourth CD project, a full-length, 12-song work entitled “Love Is What She Likes”. It was almost a year in the making and is without a doubt her best work to date. Steve Palousek, Holland, Texas native, owner/engineer of Awesome Works Recording, and veteran Nashville recording session steel guitarist has produced a genuine masterpiece. Texas’ finest session musicians, such as John Stacy Jr. on drums, and brother Hoyt Stacy on percussion, Steve Maynard on keyboards, Kevin Carter on fiddle, Greg Bashara on Alto Saxaphone, and even oldest son, Ray Palousek, on Hammond B-3 organ added to the project. The final mix was mastered by the great Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio Inc. in Austin, Texas mastering house for all of the live recordings at the long-running, critically-acclaimed, PBS television production, Austin City Limits, and it rivals ANYTHING coming out of the very best Nashville recording houses.
For the first time, Holly is offering a taste of her own writing, on this new collection. The four “Holly songs” found scattered throughout the CD are “Baby, Say Yes”, “Twice As Strong” (Mom, Cheryl’s personal favorite), the country rocker, “Unbreakable”, and “Could’ve Had Me”, a very soulful, personal testimony of unrequited love. Other writers on the project include Chris Wommack and Steve Maynard.
Holly’s second CD, “For You”, a collection of four songs by Chris Wommack, highlighted the range, maturity, and increasing power of Holly’s voice, at age 15, as she grew into a seasoned entertainer. Listeners will be reminded of the vocal agility, of Gary LeVox, of Rascal Flatts and the clarity of Martina McBride as the collection unfolds. Recording, mixing, and mastering took place in July of 2008 in Nashville at “The Grip”, the home-based, personal studio of Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts. Producer/engineer, Sean Neff, assembled an A-list of Nashville session players to execute the ideas Holly and Chris expressed for the direction of the songs. Led by band leader Pat McGrath (acoustic guitars/band leader), Dennis Wage (keyboards), Dan Dugmore (lap, and pedal steel guitars), Larry Franklin (fiddle), J.T. Corenfloss (electric guitars), Mike Brignardello (bass), Steve Brewster (drums), and Sean Neff (electric guitars, and rhythm programming), built a completely awesome foundation of musical tracks to support Holly’s vocal interpretations. The recording credits of these amazing guys would, literally, fill books. Holly was so blessed to have them join her for this project. Thanks again, Sean and Pat!“It’s About Time”, Holly’s very first CD, is a collection of 12 songs, featuring 7 original songs written by Chris Wommack and 5 familiar cover songs. It was recorded in the Summer of 2007 when Holly was 14 years old at the local, home-based, studio of artist/producer/singer/songwriter/master teacher, Dick Gimble, son of western swing fiddle legend, Johnny Gimble.
Copies of ALL FOUR CDs are available for sale at all events where Holly performs, and at websites such as www.cdbaby.com, iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Spotify, SoundCloud, and www.soundboard.com. Fans can listen to or download individual songs. For more updates on Holly and where she’ll be singing next, check out the New Events Tab.