Amy Holland

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Amy Holland
Birth name Amy Celeste Boersma
Born (1953-05-15) May 15, 1953 (age 63)
Palisades, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Capitol Records

Amy Holland (born Amy Celeste Boersma; May 15, 1953) is an American pop-rock singer. She received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist in 1981, following an eponymous debut album containing the Billboard Hot 100 song "How Do I Survive".


Holland is of Dutch descent and changed her name from Boersma to Holland (after her ancestors' origin country), because she thought it would make a better stage name. Her mother was country star Esmereldy[1] and her father was opera singer Harry Boersma.[2] Holland's self-titled album, produced by the Doobie Brothers lead vocalist Michael McDonald (who became her husband three years later), was released in 1980 and featured the hit "How Do I Survive", which peaked at #22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] A second album called On Your Every Word followed in 1983, featuring the single "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"/"You're All I Need to Get By" with Chris Christian, which peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it also peaked at #21 on the Adult Contemporary chart. That same year she landed two songs on the soundtrack to the film Scarface. One of the songs Holland recorded for Scarface, "She's on Fire", was also used in Grand Theft Auto III. She later married Michael McDonald and sang backup vocals on his records, in addition to singing backup on records by bands such as First Call.[4]

In 2008, Holland released The Journey to Miracle River on Chonin Records. Produced by long-time friend Bernie Chiaravalle (singer/guitarist for Michael McDonald since 1988) the album was recorded in Nashville over an 8-year period. Holland co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs with Chiaravalle along with other writers John Goodwin, Jon Vezner, and Michael McDonald. Other songs were also penned by Robben Ford and Chazz Frichtel. Musicians include Bernie Chiaravalle (guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals), Shannon Forrest (drums), Vince Gill (vocals), Michael McDonald (keys, vocals), John Deaderick (keys), Tim Akers (keys), Stuart Duncan (violin), Tim Lorsch (violin), Dylan McDonald (vocals) and Dylan Morrison (bass). There have been requests for a fourth album, and Holland said on her Facebook that she will make a new album.

Holland and her husband, Michael McDonald, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have two children, Dylan (born 1987) and Scarlett (born 1991).




  • "How Do I Survive?" US #22, US AC #34
  • "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing/You're All I Need to Get By" (duet with Chris Christian) US #88, US AC #21
  • "Anytime You Want Me" US #110
  • "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"
  • "(I Hang) On Your Every Word"
  • "I'll Never Give Up"
  • "She's On Fire"
  • "Turn Out the Night"
  • "Learn to Love Again" (duet with Chris Farren)
  • "Shootin' For the Moon"


Features - Soundtrack collaborations[edit]



  1. ^ "Esmereldy: Slap Her Down Again Paw". Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic. 8 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th ed.). Watson-Guptill. ISBN 978-0823076901. 
  3. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Amy Holland Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Local Girl Makes Good in California" (PDF). The Palisades 10964 Newsletter (63). September 1983. 

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