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A singer and songwriter who specialises in ballads, Holly Macve was born in County Galway in the west of Ireland. After relocating to Yorkshire for a spell, she has operated from a base in Brighton for some time. Being an itinerant musician has influenced her sound, as Macve has picked up on folk and indie music from everywhere she has travelled. However, listeners could be forgiven for making the assumption that the vocalist comes from the Mississippi Delta, due to her blues-soaked singing. At times, Macve's folk-country style also makes her sound as if she might be from the Appalachian mountains. Despite the Americana that runs throughout her music, the songwriter is distinctly from the other side of the Atlantic.
Holly Macve's musical style
Although Macve is usually described in the music press as a country and western singer, this belies her ability as a folk-rooted artist. Yes, some of the tragedy and general doom of her lyricism fits in neatly with the style of many country performers, but her vocal talent is often soaring, creating a feeling of life affirmation and even of uplift. As someone who creates her own material, Macve's lyrics are a key part of her performances and musical style. Like many country songsmiths, she deals with themes of heartbreak, as can be heard on tracks such as “All of Its Glory”. Equally, songs such as “No One Has the Answers” focus on the sheer misfortune that can befall anyone. The musician has gone on record as saying that words are her main love. Like many balladeers, she enjoys songs that tell stories and that can take the listener somewhere else.
Holly Macve's career highlights
Macve gained a reputation for singing with real vocal power when she was a young performer in Ireland. In particular, her ability to glide from note to note in a seamless glissando caught the ear of many. In the early part of her career, some compared her vocal twang as something that was Tammy Wynette-like in character.
After moving to the UK, Macve started to play open mic nights and gained the occasional support slot gig in her own right. While working and sometimes performing in a cafe, the teenage artist met Simon Raymonde, the boss of Bella Union, who was impressed by her vocal ability, and Macve soon started to record in earnest.
By 2016, Macve was starting to release music as singles, including tracks such as “The Corner of My Mind”. Having resisted the temptation to co-write her material – something music publishers encouraged her to do – she produced enough material for an album. The ensuing work was called Golden Eagle, which came out in 2014. Produced by Paul Gregory, it subtly showed off her vocal talent without too much instrumentation to detract from it.
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