Hollie Aires is known in and around her home town of Rugby as the the “Rugby Songbird” – I was first alerted to her pure voice by Flo Bannigan’s Angry Baby blog (click here for the link). Hollie has just released her second EP, Ghosts in the Garden and at the grand old age of 17 is already a seasoned musical actress. As Swallow in the West End’s Whistle Down the Wind, she received considerable critical acclaim; her next challenge is as Mimi in Rent. Industry support has also not been slow in coming with Hollie having written with Hit composer Jayne Taylor and further support from Martin Sutton at the PRS in London, KISS FM DJ Charlie Hedges and Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale. And so to that newly released EP, Ghosts in the Garden. Listening to it, I’m struck by Hollie’s wide vocal range, shown off perfectly in the second track, If I Should Break. There is also a striking resemblance to the music of Suzanne Vega and Joni Mitchell, amongst others, in this song. The haunting melody showcases her range and the accompanying lyrics point towards a mature song writing future. One line gives the review it’s title whilst another gives pause for thought: “I can’t lose you like I’ve lost myself”. If you like strong female vocalists with a penchant for hauntingly beautiful melodies and thought provoking lyrics, Ghosts in the Garden would be a great addition to your music collection.
If you want to catch Hollie live, she is shortly on tour (first venue this week sold out!) but check out her facebook page for further dates: https://www.facebook.com/HollieAiresOfficial
Ghosts in the Garden is out now and is available on iTunes:
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