Holly Muñoz

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Holly Muñoz
Born (1981-01-05) January 5, 1981 (age 38)
El Paso, Texas, US
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, country music
Instrumentsguitar, vocals
Years active2005–present
Associated actsJohn Vanderslice, Ken Stringfellow, Alan Sparhawk, Vicki Peterson, Matthew Caws, Martin Dosh

Holly Muñoz is a musician and songwriter based in San Francisco, California. She also serves on the board of two well established non-profit organizations, the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, and Voice of Witness.

Early life[edit]

Holly was raised in El Paso, Texas and attended college at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota with a double major in anthropology and history.


From 2005 to 2009, Holly was the lead vocalist and guitarist for Minneapolis based alternative rock band Aviette. They released two albums, and received national radio airplay. Notable achievements of the band also included having two songs appear on the MTV show The Real World,[1] being selected to perform as official showcase artists at the CMJ Music Marathon,[2] ,[3] and giving a live performance on Minnesota public radio station KCMP, 89.3 The Current.[4]


After leaving Aviette Holly was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation to compose and perform an improvisational music piece at The Cedar Cultural Center[5] and later relocated from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

A year after landing in California, she left her career as a fundraiser with the San Francisco Symphony with only $2000 in savings to focus on being a full-time musician.[6] Over the course of 20 days, she raised a record-breaking $50,000 using Tilt open to work on a solo album produced by John Vanderslice.[7] The campaign was the largest successful musical campaign on the platform, and seventh largest campaign overall for 2013.[8]

The album, Maps and Lists, was released on September 16, 2014 under the moniker HOLLY and features original album artwork by graphic novelist Anders Nilsen.[9][10] After releasing the album embarked on a 45-city tour preceded by album release parties in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York City featuring Ken Stringfellow from The Posies, Big Star and R.E.M. [11][12] She also performed a live set on KEXP-FM in Seattle.[13]

In January 2015 she successfully completed another $50,000 crowd funding campaign to record and release "#2 Record", a double concept album that featured two versions of each song.[14] One version featured Holly on vocals and the other featured a collaborating artist, including Vanderslice, Stringfellow, Alan Sparhawk (of Low), John Hermanson (of Storyhill and Alva Star), and Brian Tighe (of The Hang Ups).

On March of that year she and Stringfellow also announced they would be recording a country album together in France.[15][16] The album was a concept album based on Willie Nelson's album Red Headed Stranger and included Vicki Peterson from The Bangles, and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. It received positive reviews. [17][18] The Boston Globe commented that it was a " fascinating left-field listen" noting "the gorgeous back-and-forth dueting of Stringfellow and Munoz".[19] Willie Nelson's daughter Amy Nelson also called the album "amazing" on her Instagram feed and thanked them on behalf of the Nelson family.[20]

More recently she has been involved in the creation of an afro-pop group "Ambassadors" together with Dalmar Yare from the group Waayaha Cusub, Martin Dosh and others.[21]

Work with non-profits[edit]

Holly co-founded and currently serves on the board of the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (formerly called the Rock Star Supply Company), a non-profit creative writing and tutoring center in the Twin Cities. The organization is notable in that it is currently in development to become a 826 National chapter.[22][23] She also serves on the board of Voice of Witness,[24] an organization that uses oral history and education programs to illuminate domestic and international contemporary human rights crises.

Selected discography[edit]


  • Maps and Lists (2014)
  • #2 Record (2015)
  • #2 Record B-Sides (2015)

with Maelee Whitman[edit]

  • Apt. 3E (2003)
  • West of Pleasant (2004)

with Aviette[edit]

  • Until We Hear From Dave (2006)
  • The Way We Met (2008)

with Holly & Ken[edit]

  • The Record: A Country Concept Album (2015)


  • Adam Svec “Somewhere Under The Rainbow" Enemy Swimmer (2008)
  • Al Church “You Came Into My Life” Next Summer (2015)
  • The Posies “Titanic" Solid States (2016)


  1. ^ Real World XXIII: Washington DC | Ep. 2307 | Songs from the Show | MTV
  2. ^ CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2008: Aviette
  3. ^ Kid Dakota, Aviette, the Glad Version, and others travel to CMJ | City Pages
  4. ^ Aviette performs in The Current studios | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio
  5. ^ Holly Muñoz: 416 Club Commissions | The Cedar Cultural Center
  6. ^ http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/274772371.html
  7. ^ Swimmingly — 2013 IN FOOD & MUSIC – HOLLY MUÑOZ Holly Muñoz
  8. ^ Top Ten Crowdfunding Campaigns Built With Crowdtilt Open | Crowdtilt BlogCrowdtilt Blog
  9. ^ the monologuist: Holly Munoz is making a record
  10. ^ http://www.burnsidedistribution.com/album.cfm?a=6002
  11. ^ http://www.axs.com/news/it-s-here-holly-mu-oz-debut-album-maps-and-lists-drops-today-19882
  12. ^ http://www.iamonteamholly.com/#!shows/c1t44
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYbzIGa3hSM
  14. ^ https://iamonteamholly.tilt.com/2-record-with-ken-stringfellow-alan-sparhawk-andy-stochansky-john-hermanson-brian-tighe-jason-slota-and-justin-hartke-produced-by-john-vanderslice
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/theposies/status/581572203847766016
  16. ^ http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/kenandholly
  17. ^ http://nodepression.com/album-review/holly-ken-show-they-can-be-one-dreamy-duo
  18. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2016/01/07/album-review-holly-ken-the-record/w38hBdrysewLW5XKboyr2N/story.html
  19. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2016/01/07/album-review-holly-ken-the-record/w38hBdrysewLW5XKboyr2N/story.html
  20. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BFAOxETBt-v/
  21. ^ http://blog.thecurrent.org/2016/12/review-and-photos-low-and-friends-spread-peace-positivity-at-first-avenue/
  22. ^ Education Rock Stars – News – Macalester College
  23. ^ Rock Star Supply Co. in chapter development with 826 National
  24. ^ Board | Voice of Witness