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Portrait of Holly Figueroa O'Reilly

Holly Figueroa O'Reilly

About Holly Figueroa O'Reilly

Mercer Island, WA

"I loved your set. Great songs!" Brandi Carlisle

"Excellent songs, amazing voice." John Mayer

"You have 'it'. That intangible, indescribable thing Jeff had. Never stop. Never stop doing what you do, and good things will happen for you." Mary Guibert (Jeff Buckley's mother)

Leonard Cohen cover, "Everybody Knows", picked up by Sony Pictures for the last scene of the last episode of the FX show, "Damages", April, 2010

Featured three times on NPRs "All Things Considered". (see "press")

Selected for Grammy nomination for "Gifts and Burdens", 2007

Gifts and Burdens hit number 26 on the Americana Music Association Charts, number 6 on the EuroAmericana Charts, number 1 on the Roots Music Report, and was in rotation on hundreds of stations (including KEXP) all over the US and Europe in 07/08.

Third studio record and Cake Records release, "How It Is", distributed by Red/Sony Distribution.

Founder of "Indiegrrl", an organization for women in the independent music industry, 1998-2003 (5,000 members internationally).

While organizing Indiegrrl, worked with Mary Gauthier, Erin McKeown, Girlyman, Laura Gibson, Ingrid MIchaelson, Kyler England and Adrienne Gonzalez of "The Rescues", and thousands of other women, equally talented, but not as well recognized.)

Competitions and Conferences:

International Songwriting Competition finalist, 2007

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Songwriter's Competition finalist, 2005

Rockrgrl Conference performance review committee and panelist, 2005

JPF "Album of the Year", "Gifts and Burdens", 2009

NACA West Coast Showcase, 2004

Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist, 2006

Discmakers Independent Music World Series Finalist, 2003 (2nd place)

Durango Songwriter's Expo Showcase, 2002

Durango Songwriter's Expo panelist, 2002

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, 2002

AMG Music Pick, "Dream in Red", 2001

Featured on KMTT's, "Local Access", (Seattle's AAA radio station) in 2007, and did 4 on airs at KMTT before they stopped supporting local artists.

Rockrgrl Music Conference Showcase and panelist, 2000
(on panel with Wanda Jackson and Amy Rigby)

Played over 1000 tour dates between 1999 and 2003.

Lil' Factoids:

Finalist: Acoustic Live Songwriting Contest, 2002. (I came in second. Sarah Bareilles came in first.)

I asked my friend, Laura Veirs, to open for my CD release of "Dream in Red" at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, 2001.

Showcased at the Durango Music Conference in 2002 with Colin Brooks (Band of Heathens). He introduced me to Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta, who comprised the rhythm section on my record, "How It Is".

Sponsorships with Luna Guitars and Lee Oskar Harmonicas.

Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest Finalist, 2008 and 2009 (BOTH times, I got sick and couldn't perform. One of these days, I am going to Sisters!)

Selected Venues:

Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
Passim, Boston (Cambridge), MA
Lizard Lounge, Boston, MA
The Triple Door, Seattle, WA
Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
Knitting Factory, Los Angeles (the big room)
Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA
The Bitter End, NY, NY
The Living Room, NY, NY (before and after it moved.)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Missoula Women's Festival
International Women's Festival
National Women's Festival
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival

Shared the stage with:

Brandi Carlisle, Laura Veirs, Sarah Bareilles, Dan Fogelberg, Susan Werner, Rose Polenzani, Barbara Kessler, Mary Gauthier, Ingrid MIchaelson, Kym Tuvim, Andrew Bird, Wanda Jackson, Tret Fure, Buddy and Julie Miller, The Kennedys, and hundreds more people, equally talented, lesser known.


One More Time: Live from the IMC: 2010
Gifts and Burdens: 2007
Live in NYC: 2004
How It Is: 2003 (featuring Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Danny Barnes)
Dream in Red: 2001
Three Chord Plea: 1999

(Currently in the studio, recording a cover record and a record of original music...both will be released before the end of the 2010.)


Remembering Rachel: The Rachel Bissex Tribute Album (also featuring Dar Williams, Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Jennifer Kimball, The Kennedy's, Sloan Wainwright, and many others.)

First, Last, and Deposit: a Benefit for the Noel House

3 Indiegrrl Compilations

Guest Performances:

Holly has performed as a guest on the following records, according to the All Music Database:

2000 Lucy Mongrel Lucy Mongrel Harmonica, Vocals (bckgr)
2003 On the Mend Kym Tuvim Vocals (bckgr)
2005 Shimmer Shimmer (Skip Peri) Vocals (bckgr)
2006 Change David LaMotte Vocals (bckgr)
2008 City of Refuge Rachel Harrington Vocals (bckgr)
2008 Democracy for Lovers Paul Lippert Vocals (bckgr)
2008 The River Grace Jenee Halstead Vocals (bckgr)
2008 Giving Up the Ghost Julie Loyd Vocals (bckgr)
2010 Roads Jeremy Serwer Vocals (bckgr)


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