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]

Career[edit]

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]

2011 saw the release of a collaborative album Smith produced with Electric Wire Hustle member Mara TK titled "Band of Brothers Vol. 1", which received a 4 star review from the NZ Herald's Russell Baillie, describing it as "a sideways step but still highly approachable".[8]

In 2012, Smith along with fellow singer/songwriters Anika Moa and Boh Runga embarked on a sell out national acoustic church tour of New Zealand.[9] Later that year Smith, Anika Moa and Boh Runga 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.[10]

In 2013 Smith, Anika Moa and Boh Runga released a collaborative album titled "Anika Boh Hollie".[11] Following this they embarked on a national tour of concerts at wineries around New Zealand with the internationally acclaimed New Zealand group Fat Freddy's Drop.[12]

Later in 2013, Smith was selected to perform at the Australasian World Music Expo in Melbourne,[13] which resulted in an invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival in July 2014.[14] There with her band she headlined her stage as part of the Les Soirees jazzy series of free outdoor concerts, performing two concurrent sets in front of an estimated audience of over 50,000. Reviewer Sharonne Cohen from US jazz magazine JazzTimes, went on to describe Smith's performance as "...powerhouse outdoor performance captivated thousands".[15] From there Smith's northern hemisphere tour continued with a concert in New York at the Rockwood Music Hall and further concerts throughout UK/Europe including several for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
NZ[16][17]
1999 Light From a Distant Shore
  • Label: Etherean
2007 Long Player
  • Released: 28 May 2007
  • Label: Soundsmith/EMI
1
  • RMNZ: 2x Platinum
2010 Humour and the Misfortune of Others
  • Released: 15 March 2010
  • Label: Soundsmith/EMI
1
  • RMNZ: Gold
2011 Band of Brothers Vol. 1
  • Released as Hollie Smith and Mara TK
  • Released: 1 August 2011
  • Label: Soundsmith
8
2013 Peace of Mind
  • Released as Anika, Boh & Hollie
  • Released: 1 February 2013
  • Label: Civic/Sony
2

As featured artist[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ[18]
2006 Hollie Smith
  • Released: 2006
18

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ
2006 "Bathe In the River"
(Mt Raskil Preservation Society featuring Hollie Smith)
2 Non-album single
2008 "Sensitive to a Smile" 33 Lights of the Pacific: The Very Best of Herbs

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
1996 Hollie Smith Tauranga Jazz Festival - Best Vocalist Won
2007 Long Player New Zealand Music Awards - Album of the Year Nominated
2007 Hollie Smith - Long Player New Zealand Music Awards - Best Female Solo Artist Won
2007 Hollie Smith - Long Player New Zealand Music Awards - Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won
2007 Hollie Smith New Zealand Music Awards - Best Aotearoa Roots Album Won
2007 Jeremy Toy & Hollie Smith – Long Player (Hollie Smith) New Zealand Music Awards - Best Producer Won
2010 Hollie Smith – Humour and the Misfortune of Others New Zealand Music Awards - Best Female Artist Nominated
2010 Hollie Smith – Humour and the Misfortune of Others New Zealand Music Awards - Best Aotearoa Roots Album Nominated
2012 Hollie Smith – Band of Brothers Vol.1 (Hollie Smith & Mara TK) New Zealand Music Awards - Best Roots Album Nominated

References[edit]

  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. ^ [1] NZ Herald Retrieved 2011-04-08
  9. ^ [2] NZ Herald Retrieved 2012-10-13
  10. ^ "Marriage equality 'about love'". 3 News NZ. December 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ [3] NZ Herald Retrieved 2013-02-07
  12. ^ [4] Official Winery Tour Website
  13. ^ [5] NZ@ AWME 2013
  14. ^ [6] Official Montreal Jazz Festival Website
  15. ^ ["http://jazztimes.com/articles/134540-the-montreal-international-jazz-festival-at-35-a-look-back]JazzTimes Retrieved 2014-07-09
  16. ^ "HOLLIE SMITH IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "ANIKA, BOH AND HOLLIE IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "WHENUA PATUWAI IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

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