“Whatever ‘it’ is – she has it.”
Another frequent audience response to the vocal stylings of this pint-sized redhead is, “Where does all that SOUND come from?”. Born with lungs more commonly found in someone twice her age, Rebecca Holtz has been belting it out since first taking the stage at four years old during local events and at friends weddings. Blessed with a matching personality, she quite likely would have approached you with the question, “Wanna hear me sing something?”.
Learning a degree of modesty since then this 20-something has a continuing passion for musical performance. Though first finding her voice onstage in musical theatre her heart has also resided in jazz since her infatuation with Ella Fitzgerald began at the age of 8. Rebecca’s continued exposure to and appreciation of a variety of styles and genres have influenced her creative interpretation and electrifying stage presence.
Vocal studies at the Vermont Jazz Center with the likes of Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, and Peter Eldridge have honed her skills as an artist while stage time with greats like Samirah Evans, Charles Neville, and Houston Person have inspired and humbled her.
From 2011-2014 she was the feature vocalist with the Compaq Big Band swing orchestra, performing in and around the New England area. Matching her in volume and brassiness, the Compaq Big Band provided Rebecca with the opportunity to reach a wider audience and try out the swing world. Rebecca now has a taste for big band jazz that will never be satisfied and over the last year she has made frequent appearances with the Keene Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Scott Mullett.
Additionally Rebecca collectively crafts original music with her band the Once Hollow with guitarists Jon McAuliffe and Miah Millay. The group just released their self-titled EP, available now for download on CDBaby and iTunes.