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||Contemporary/Soft Rock, New Folk
||So Far From Reality LP—2012
About the Artist
Holly McCormack is a native of Chattanooga and has lived there her entire life. She began her musical career with the obligatory piano lessons at the age of 6 but soon lost interest until discourse in her fledgling teen band prompted her to rededicate herself to playing her own instruments rather than being dependant upon others for her musical outlet. She had always sung and now, at the age of fifteen, she began playing guitar. A couple of years later she fell in love with a light mahogany 12 string and has never looked back. As far as singing, she explored any material she could really get into. She seemed to identify with the independent spirit of Ani Difranco and is inspired by Beth Hart’s work.
Her voice is often compared to Natalie Merchant or Patty Griffin with a little Janis Joplin thrown in for good measure. It is both evocative and smoky but cannot hide a slight fragility that creeps in and betrays the carefully crafted façade, revealing the femininity that make’s her voice so arresting. After a series of emotional let downs in her personal life, she felt compelled to put her feelings and emotions into music. So far, Holly requires a very strong sentiment to write. She proclaims, “It’s the way I get it all out. Lay it down on paper so I don’t go crazy!” This obviously results in exposing some personal details of her life which she has not always been comfortable sharing with the public. It’s a difficult balance that she often struggles to find. She hopes one day to be able to write from other people’s experiences so she can better identify with the plight of others.
Top 10 in Singer-Songwriter (female), July 2012
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , October 2014
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , September 2014
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , August 2014
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , July 2014
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , June 2014
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), April 2014
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , December 2013
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), August 2013
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), April 2013
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), January 2013
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), December 2012
Top 40 in Soft Rock, April 2012
So Far From Reality Review by
“Holly McCormack bares her soul on her debut album "So Far From Reality." Music is a powerful coping mechanism for hardships and McCormack heals her wounds beautifully accompanied by her faithful...