The Sunshine Coast music community now includes a singer-songwriter who may not be a household name, but probably should be, having sang, performed and composed for years with some of the musicians. most accomplished and recognized pops.
The Sunshine Coast music community now includes a singer-songwriter who may not be a household name, but probably should be, having sang, performed and composed for years with some of the musicians. most accomplished and recognized pops in the world.
Deborah Holland, born in Philadelphia and a resident of Los Angeles for many years, moved to Sechelt last winter after living in Vancouver for over 10 years. She will perform live for the first time since COVID struck nearly 18 months ago when she takes the stage on Saturday August 14 as part of the Sechelt Summer Music Series.
A musician and songwriter since her teens, it wasn’t until her early thirties, in 1987, that she got the chance of her life after facing hundreds of others to be part of a new band with two members of The Police. – drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers. The duo had teamed up with five-time Grammy-winning bassist Stanley Clarke and they needed a singer who could also write great songs for their band, which would be called Animal Logic.
“I had been the only woman in all-male bands my whole life,” Holland recalls in an interview. “So I just decided that I’m going to come in and treat them like they’re just regular musicians.
âAt the time, I was part of a little duo called Twang that did original country music. I went to the audition with what I was going to wear to a Twang concert that night, a pink thrift store dress and cowboy boots. All the other girls were in spandex and a lot of makeup.
Whether or not the guys noticed her alternative clothes, Holland’s songs and vocals caught their attention. She won the job. Summers soon left for other projects, but two albums with Animal Logic followed, with all songs written by Holland. She joined Copeland and Clarke in 2019 to record another batch of her tracks, but the pandemic has so far hampered any show reunion.
Now a Canadian citizen, Holland has released six solo albums over the years, the most recent, Fine, Thank You !, released in 2020. She has also composed numerous Hollywood films and released two albums and an EP as part of the Les trio. Refugees, with Wendy Waldman and Cidny Bullens.
When asked what brought her to our little corner of the world, Holland replied that she had spent a few days last summer in Tuwanek. While she enjoys Vancouver’s abundance of arts and culture, she said, âI like being in a place that feels quieter, more peaceful. The older I get (she will be 67 this month) the more I love being in nature. And I still go to Vancouver a lot. So, I have my dose.
Holland will be joined on a few tunes at the noon show on August 14 by local singer-guitarist Michael Friedman, who has known Holland for about 10 years and has always considered it a pioneer.
âShe is a force of nature,â Friedman said. “She’s not too afraid of too many things.”