New York singer Stevie Holland released a new album this week entitled, Life Goes On. The release was praised for straddling “pop and jazz with effortless elegance and warmth” by USA TODAY, and is a testament to Holland’s breadth and talent as an artist. The release is a collection of contemporary pop and American Songbook classics, along with lesser-known songs. Life Goes On also includes original tracks written by the jazz singer and award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, who also did the arrangements on the album. Holland followed the release with a new music video-- "Tea for Two"-- from Life Goes On.
The 10-track album begins with Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s, “Skylark,” and continues with “Out Of This World” (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer), “Tea For Two” (Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar, with a nod to vocalist/bandleader Joe Mooney), “Never” (Friedman/Holland), “Another Grey Morning” (James Taylor), “April Snow” (Sigmund Romberg/Dorothy Fields), “Tomorrow’s Looking Brighter Today” (Friedman/Holland), “99 Miles From L.A.” (Albert Hammond/Hal David), “Not While I’m Around” (Stephen Sondheim) and “Life Goes On” (Benard Ighner). Grammy Award-winning producer Todd Barkan shaped the album, which features musicians Randy Ingram (piano), Peter Brendler (bass), and Jeff Davis (drums). Guest musicians include renowned trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and a string quartet.
Holland recorded Life Goes On-- her fifth release of standards and original material on 150 Music-- in January 2015. A prior album, Before Love Has Gone, was a USA TODAY top critics’ CD pick of the year, and an All Music Guide Album Pick. In addition to her 20+ year recording career, Holland starred in a one-woman, Off-Broadway musical, "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER," created by Holland and her longtime collaborator Gary William Friedman. The play was directed by Tony-winner Richard Maltby Jr., and enjoyed a successful run at the York Theater in 2013-2014. The musical's popularity led to a licensing deal with theater publisher Tams-Witmark.
Holland has toured nationally for decades, and has performed at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Town Hall, and other venues. In 2004, she received Back Stage Magazine's Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist of the Year. More information is available on her website.