Hollie Smith is one of NZ's most predominant & celebrated New Zealand musicians. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddys 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 Lundvell, 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 also supporting such prestigious international acts Bob Dylan, Coldplay & Simply Red.
Hollie Smith has just released her third album in NZ which has seen yet again different side to her vast style, written and performed with fellow New Zealander MaraTK, ‘Band Of Brothers.’ is the first volume in what she hopes to be a series of collabrotive 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.
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.
“I challenge you not to love her. “ The Nelson Mail.
“Whispers as well as it soars, a beautiful treat for the ears” Rip it UP Magazine.
Live Video "I Will Do" @ NZ Music Awards:
Music Video "Philosophy":