Holly Ann Lewis - Singer-Songwriter

Holly Ann Lewis is an American Singer-Songwriter, with a soulful voice, energetic stage presence, innovative guitar techniques, and songs that speak about hope, love, and life. She comes from a musical family and is originally from San Jose, California, but also grew up in Cayucos, CA at her family’s beach home.  She is an award-winning songwriter (NTMA 2022, Lewis & Rose, Simplify) and she is a multi-instrumentalist. Her music is a combination of folk, blues, rock, pop, and soul. Holly started singing and playing guitar at an early age and recorded her first album at age 15 with Bay Area band, African Rain, which included Grammy Award winner, Babatunde Olatunji (1927-2003).  She released her first full-length album You Will Fly in 1995, which included all original music she wrote from 16-20 years of age.  After releasing her first album, Holly went on to pursue her solo music career, traveling the country, and ended up moving to Seattle in 1997.  In Seattle, she performed, recorded her music, and was involved in other music projects with musicians such as drummer Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, drummer Scott Mercado of Candlebox, Pat Wright of The Total Experience Gospel Choir, and Gordy Ryan of Drums of Passion. After moving back to her home in California, she released her 2nd full-length album Miles Around in 2016. Since her last album, she has released 3 singles and is recording her next album of all baritone ukulele original songs, to be released summer of 2024. You can find Holly performing on California’s West Coast and stream her music on all platforms. 

Holly has recorded, shared the stage, and performed with Grammy award-winning artists such as Babatunde Olatunji, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Matt Cameron (drummer for Pearl Jam & Soundgarden), Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead) Bruce Langhorne (Tambourine Man) and Scott Mercado (drummer from Candlebox.) In 2008 she was asked to join a group of musicians in Seattle (Bergevin Brothers, gospel singer Pat Wright) to record a music video I Am an American, in support of Barack Obama’s campaign. The music video received national attention and ended up going all the way to the White House. In Holly’s music career, she has independently released two full-length albums and two singles of her original works. Holly is currently recording songs for her upcoming baritone ukelele EP that will feature all original baritone ukulele songs.





 Venues Holly has performed at:

 "The Fillmore" (west) with "African Rain"- June 17, 1994, opened for "Zap Mama", 

"The Palace of the Fine Arts"- "Bob Culbertson, Babatunde Olatunji &African Rain," with special guest, "Mickey Hart."

"The Great American Music Hall" San Francisco, CA with African Rain

"Candlestick Park"- 1995- I sang the Canadian national anthem for the Giants vs. Montreal 

Santa Cruz, "The Catalyst"- African Rain & Babatunde Olatunji

New York, "Sounds of Brazil" 1996- Opened for Babatunde Olatunji and his Drums of Passion. 

 locally on the Central Coast of California:

Puffers of Pismo, Linnaea's Cafe, Sculpterra Winery, D'Anbino Wine Cellar, Asuncion Ridge Winery, Morro Bay Wine Seller, Stolo Family Vineyards, Steynberg Gallery, Live Oak Music Festival, Ernest Henmigway Vineyards, The PAC SLO, Sensorio Field of Lights, The Siren Morro Bay w/ "Lewis & Rose", BarrelHouse Brewing in Paso Robles, w/ "Lewis & Rose"


Some of the artists Holly has played with over the years......


Grandmaster Drummer, "Babatunde Olatunji and Drums of Passion" (recorded and performed with)

"Grateful Dead" drummer, Mickey Hart (Performed at San Francisco's, "The Palace of The Fine Arts" with Babatunde Olatunji & African Rain record release 1992)

"Pearl Jam" drummer, Matt Cameron (recorded and performed with Seattle WA 2008/2009)

"Candlebox" drummer, Scott Mercado, (recorded and performed within Seattle, WA 2008)

"The Doors", Robby Krieger (Holly's band, "Mr., Herb" Opened for and performed "Roadhouse Blues" on stage at "JJ Blues" in downtown San Jose, CA 1995

Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir (Recorded and performed within Seattle)

Bruce Langhorne, (AKA) "The Tambourine Man", (Recorded and performed with)

"Drums of Passion"/"OBA the Band", Gordy Ryan (Recorded and performed with)

Bergevin Brothers Music (Recorded and performed with) 






Upcoming Shows

Big Sur Freedom Fest

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Wilde Big Sur, 69331Highway 1 , Big Sur

A feminine music festival at Wilde Big Sur! This will be an event that you will remember for your lifetime. Wilde Big Sur is a beautiful, special place. The festival will feature female musicians from California Central Coast and beyond! The line-up is going to be amazing, more details to follow!


Holly's new single, "Wake Up," is about to get a release date is set to release world-wide on January 14, 2022!!!

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