Holly is an emerging singer-songwriter who grew up in the moors of the Durham Dales. Her debut EP 'Ilex', released in 2017, received support from BBC 6 Music and a feature on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape. 2018 has seen this success continue with festival slots at Hit The North and Evolution Emerging, as well as supporting the likes of CoCo and the Butterfields, Joseph J Jones, X Factor's Sam Lavery, and Hannah Trigwell. Her sophomore EP ‘Slow Down’ was released in August 2018, reaching #6 in the iTunes charts alongside support from BBC Introducing and even radio play further afield in the USA, and was followed by a UK tour with Matt Dunbar. She recently announced her biggest headline show yet at Think Tank? Underground Newcastle, where she’ll be joined by a full band to celebrate the release of her new single ‘Stick Around’ (out December 1st).
"unapologetically down to earth lyricism" -RIDE MUSIC, 2017
"soft and meaningful guitar providing suitable backing to a quiet yet strong and purposeful, voice" - NE Volume, 2017
"Lovely stuff." - NARC. Magazine, 2018
"I was listening to a girl from the North East the other day, Holly Rees, and her track ‘Toast’ and it floored me. It was so brave and created by someone who was really, truly, being themselves. Don’t believe anyone who tells you there is no future in music. There is. All you have to be is good." - Tom Robinson in interview September, 2017.
Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, Bon Iver, Courtney Barnett, Lucy Spraggan, The Lake Poets, Rusty Clanton, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, Julia Nunes, Gordi