Holly Ann Lewis - Singer-Songwriter
I have been singing, playing the guitar, and writing my own music since I was a child. My music is a blend of Americana, Rock, Blues, and Jazz. My professional career started at 15 years old, when I joined the world-beat band, "African Rain." African Rain was led by legendary "Chapman Stick" players, "Bob Culbertson," and "Jim Bruno." Shortly after the band formed, Grandmaster Drummer & Grammy Award Winner, "Babatunde Olatunji," joined our band, and together, we recorded and released our first and only album called, "New World Dance."
I performed with African Rain from the age of 15-21 years old. During that time, we played many venues and festivals in California. During that time I pursued my solo career, and also formed a band called, "Mr. Herb." In 1995, I recorded and released my first full-length album titled, "You Will Fly." Shortly after my first album was released, I moved to Illinois for a short time. There I dug into the blues scene and traveled to N.Y. to visit Babatunde. In 1997 I moved to Seattle to help take care of my godmother who was very sick. In Seattle, I performed, recorded and pursued my music career and was involved in many projects and recording projects. I moved back to my home state of California In 2012, and released my 2nd full- length album, "Miles Around," in 2016.
Currently, I am performing on California's Central Coast as a solo artist and with my duo, "Lewis & Rose." I released my first single, "Wake Up" in January 2022! I am in the studio recording songs for my upcoming EP, to be released in 2023.
Some venues I have played over the years~
San Francisco's "The Fillmore", "The Palace of the Fine Arts", "The Great American Music Hall", and "Candlestick Park"
Santa Cruz, "The Catalyst"
New York, "Sounds of Brazil"
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)
Holly's new single, "Wake Up," is about to get a release date is set to release world-wide on January 14, 2022!!!