"His stance is Elvis Presley meets Dwight Yoakam and his voice is Ricky Nelson meets Chris Isaak. A little bit of the old mingles with a dash of the new." -Mario Tarradell, The Dallas Morning News
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With his blend of 50's rock & roll, pop and traditional country, Steve Holy has crafted a unique sound that has won fans over across the nation.
Refusing to be labeled musically and sticking to his country roots, Steve sites country greats Charlie Rich, Mickey Gilley and John Conlee as his influences, but is quick to add that Elvis, Sam Cooke, and a variety of Doo-Wop bands play a major role in his vocal style and on-stage persona.
"I really don't want to be 'labeled'. The majority of my influences are from the traditional country genre, but I feel a connection to the music made in the 50's and 60's. My heart is there in that style of music. It was really heartfelt back then and I'm into the simplicity of the music. It's how I want to make music simply heartfelt."
Steve's engaging stage performance alone has created a loyal following. Although, his primary objective is to connect with them on an up-close and personal basis, he naturally and unconsciously dazzles fans and listeners alike, capturing them immediately. Steve Holy is charming, charismatic and captivating.
In 1997, Steve signed with Curb Records. He launched his debut album Blue Moon (as produced by Wilbur Rimes--who guided his daughter LeAnn Rimes' career to become one of country music's most talented and influential artists) in October 2000. The initial offering, dubbed "5090" by Rack Clark of Dick Clark Productions for its tribute to both the 1950's and 1990's era, included a swing-driven single entitled "Don't Make Me Beg" which was released as Steve's debut single from the album to set his course in motion.
Steve has enjoyed incredible success to jump-start is musical career. His second single from the album, "Blue Moon," featuring more traditional country sounds was released in April 2000 and climbed all the way to Number 19 on the charts. His third single, "The Hunger," delivered a pop-folk feel and made it to Number 20; and just eighteen months after the release of the album, Steve's fourth single "Good Morning Beautiful," for which he is most widely recognized, charted at Number 1 for five straight weeks in 2002. The single was also featured in the Jennifer Lopez movie Angel Eyes.
Steve recently recorded his sophomore album (title to be announced) which is scheduled to be released in late May, 2003. His current single off the album entitled "I'm Not Breakin," was released in late Fall 2002 and received complimentary response from critics citing that "She's batting a thousand in the song department with every release to date."
A Dallas native, Steve is the youngest in a large family that boasts of eight children. He credits his parents and longtime friend, Johnnie High, as being the most influential figures in his life. He acknowledges his brothers and sisters with "keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground." His personal goal is to remain that way.
When asked to define success, Steve describes it as "an intersection of preparation and opportunity." Although Steve Holy's first musical love is for the more traditional sounds, his vision is clearly in the "here and now" and he is poised to be an artist of the next generation in a land of opportunity.
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