Holly Ann Lewis
Holly Ann Lewis comes from a musical family and is originally from San Jose, California. She is an award-winning songwriter (SLO New Times Awards) and performer (San Jose State Fair 1995, Seattle's Gimme the Mic 2003), seasoned vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and a dynamic guitar player. Her music is a combination of many genres such as Americana, Jazz, Folk, Blues, and Rock. She started singing and playing guitar at an early age and recorded her first album at age 15 with the band African Rain, with Grammy Award winner, Babatunde Olatunji (1927-2003) and world-famous Chapman Stick player, Bob Culbertson. She released her first full-length album You Will Fly at 21 years old which included songs she wrote from ages 15-21. After releasing her first album, Holly went on to pursue her music career, traveling the country, and ended up moving to Seattle, WA in 1997. In Seattle, she performed, recorded her music, and was involved in other projects with musicians from all over the world. Holly is currently living in the Carrizo Plains, a high desert valley in Eastern San Luis Obispo County, CA. She released her last full-length album Miles Around in 2016, and it featured all her original works. Her music is available on most all music streaming sites and app stores.
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. Most recently she released a single called, “Simplify,” with her duo, “Lewis & Rose.” Their single won a New Times Music Award, in the Country/Americana/Folk category. She is recording for her upcoming EP release in 2023, which will feature all original baritone ukulele songs. You can find her performing locally in San Luis Obispo County, on her own, and with her duo.
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)
Press / Reviews
2016 Album release, "Miles Around," SLO New Times album review by Glen Starky.