Hollie Smith

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Hollie Smith
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Background information
Born (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 32)
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Soul, pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Soundsmith Records
EMI Records
Manhattan Records
Associated acts TrinityRoots
Website holliesmith.co.nz

Hollie Smith (born 17 November 1982) is a New Zealand soul singer-songwriter based in Wellington.[1] Her debut album Long Player reached number one on the RIANZ albums chart in 2007, and certified double platinum.

Early years[edit]

Smith attended Auckland's Willow Park Primary School, Takapuna Normal Intermediate and Northcote College.[2][3] In 1999, as a 16-year-old, Smith made the album Light From a Distant Shore after winning Best Female Vocalist at the National Jazz Festival of NZ.[4] This album of Celtic music was produced by her stepfather who was a well-known musician in New Zealand.[5]


In 2003, Smith moved to Wellington singing with TrinityRoots. She recorded an album Home, Land and Sea and toured with the band.[5] In 2005, the 5-track Hollie Smith EP was released, featuring her own compositions. In 2006, she released her debut full length album, Long Player. Also in 2006, the single "Bathe in the River", written by Don McGlashan, was released. The song, from the soundtrack of the New Zealand feature film, No. 2, was a significant hit for Smith, spending 22 weeks in the NZ Top 10.[5]

In May, 2007, Smith signed a multi-album record deal with Manhattan Records, part of the Blue Note Label Group.[6] This deal collapsed in 2009 which forced the singer to use the profits of Long Player to get out of the deal with Blue Note. She now manages her own music using the New Zealand parent company of Blue Note, EMI, for publicity and advertising. She released the album Humour and the Misfortune of Others on 15 March 2010,[1] following up with the "The Hollie Smith and The Last S.O.S Tour".[7]

In December 2012, Smith starred in an online video campaign supporting gay marriage, alongside other New Zealand singers Anika Moa and Boh Runga, as well as Olympian Danyon Loader and former Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title RIANZ
Peak chart
2007 Long Player 1 2x Platinum
2010 Humour And The Misfortune Of Others 1 Gold
2011 Band of Brothers Vol. 1 8


Year Title RIANZ
peak chart
2006 Hollie Smith 18


Year Title RIANZ
peak chart
2008 "Sensitive to a Smile" 33 Lights of the Pacific[note 1]
  1. ^ Lights of the Pacific is a Herbs' compilation album.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title RIANZ
peak chart
2006 "Bathe In the River"(with Mt Raskil Preservation Society ) 2


  1. ^ a b Leary, Ingrid (26 May 2007). "Hollie Smith – doing her own thing". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hollie Smith - musician". AIMES Award winners 2007. North Harbour Club. 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alumni". Northcote College. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Hollie Smith
  5. ^ a b c Kara, Scott (20 Jul 2006). "Hollie Smith – soul sister". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Brown, Russell (11 July 2007). "Good golly, Miss Hollie". Idealog #10. Idealog. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  7. ^ NEWS: Hollie Smith Announces The Last SOS Tour Rip It Up Magazine Retrieved 2010-07-09
  8. ^ "Marriage equality 'about love'". 3 News NZ. December 6, 2012. 

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