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Hollie Smith

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Hollie Smith is one of NZ's most predominant & celebrated New Zealand musicians. After working with numerous bands including TrinityRoots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, she was approached by NZ royalty Don McGlashan to perform on a movie soundtrack single Bathe In The River that topped the NZ charts & became one of the biggest & iconic singles in NZ history.

This set the stage for her debut album Long Player which went straight to number one on the NZ charts, This multi platinum selling album had sold out national tours & saw her take away several NZ music awards which included ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakthrough artist of the year’. Long Player also caught the attention of Bruce Lundvall, head of Blue Note records in New York, where she spent time working with Philidelphia heavyweight soul producer James Poyser. This also saw her tour Europe as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.

Her follow up album Humour and the Misfortune of Others also hit number one receiving rave review & again numerous award nominations & sell out tours, proving she was here to stay. During this time she also supported Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Simply Red in NZ.

Hollie Smith released her third in NZ in 2011 which has seen yet again different side to her vast style, written and performed with fellow New Zealander Mara TK, Band Of Brothers. is the first volume in what she hopes to be a series of collaborative projects to “experiment with sound, style & process.” Even with this being a much smaller release than her previous two albums it has not avoided yet again chart & review success.

In 2012/13, Hollie collaborated with two equally respected NZ female artists and close friends Anika Moa and Boh Runga to record and release the album Anika Boh & Hollie, which since it's release has been rapturously received by critics and their fans alike, followed by two very successful NZ tours.

In June 2014, Hollie was invited to perform at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival where she headlined the Scene Rio Tinto Alcan stage as part of the Les Soirees Jazzy outdoor concerts. She performed two sets in front of a combined audience of 50,000, wowing the crowds with her passionate and powerful performances, proving her world class as a vocalist.

This prolific hardworking songwriter, singer & performer has always maintained a highly respected reputation of always creating music with the upmost integrity & passion. There is no such word as compromise in her vision as an artist & this is shown throughout her career.

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