Ones To Watch: Hollyy

Genre: Soul, R&B.
For Fans Of: Leon Bridges, Alabama Shakes, Monophonics.
Release: “After Every Storm” (Single), out now.
Signed: Unsigned
Hometown: Chicago, IL.

Hollyy is a five-piece band hailing from Chicago, Illinois, known for their modern twist on the retro soul sound. Their music transports listeners to the heyday of soul’s growth into the mainstream, with influences ranging from Chicago blues to classic rock. Hollyy features Tanner Bednar (vocals/guitar), Brandon Couture (guitar), Rafael Soto (drums), Dom Zeier (bass), Peter Giere (keys), Nathan France (saxophone), and Blase Cermak (trumpet).

The band’s journey began in their hometown, where Couture and Bednar started playing music together and exploring genres like blues, soul, and old-school rock ‘n’ roll. They soon welcomed Soto, Giere, Zeier, France, and Cermak to the group. Following a rebrand to add an additional “Y” to their name, the group took to the Chicago music scene playing a series of local gig, building a following with their earnest approach to music and humble attitude.

Hollyy’s newest single, “After Every Storm,” showcases the band’s soulful sound with an upbeat tempo and catchy melody. Bednar’s vocals are the highlight of the track, delivering heartfelt lyrics about the hope that comes after a difficult time. The song’s uplifting message is paired with a nostalgic sound, harkening back to the heyday of soul music. The band’s chemistry is evident in the tight instrumentation and layered harmonies, making “After Every Storm” a promising addition to their growing discography.

Listen to Hollyy’s “After Every Sun” below

As Hollyy continues to evolve their sound and connect with fans, their dedication to their roots and their passion for music remain constant. With a new era of soul music on the rise, Hollyy is poised to be one to watch, as they carry on the legacy of the genre’s past while creating something entirely new.

For more information on Hollyy, visit their website here.

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