I'm proud of the work that went into creating "Extraordinary People" and excited to be officially releasing it to the world.
It's feel-good, positive vibe, acoustic folk/pop cafe music. Female vocal with an awesome whistling solo (if I do say so myself)!
This song is dedicated to front line workers, as well as all of the ordinary people who do extraordinary things for strangers or people they barely know. I appreciate you!!!
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of extraordinary people in their lives to be featured in my "Extraordinary People" video coming out in May.
On May 4th, "Extraordinary People" will be available on all streaming platforms. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for updates and stories about extraordinary people. Join my e-mail list below for exclusive content.
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Gwen is a Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist who grew up in a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Her parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles would often jam until the sun came up! Her mom, Sylvia Holt, sang and played with such soulful depth, power, and sheer joy, that Gwen couldn’t help but devote her life to the magical mystery tour of music. She started playing professionally at the age of 16 in bar bands and went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After graduation, she moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada performing in blues, pop/rock, and country bands for a decade (bass guitar, guitar, vocals, harmonica, sax, keyboards). She worked with artists like Kathi McDonald (backup singer for The Rolling Stones and Ike & Tina Turner) and Kelli Brock (BCCMA Female Vocalist of the Year). She co-wrote the national Canadian TV theme song for “Powerplay” with Tony
Robertson and The Vaqueros and was runner up for the multi-instrumentalist/background singer for Sara McLachlan's "Solace" Tour. She was featured in an award-winning TV commercial for Larrivee Guitars, won the KISS FM Lyric Writing Contest, recorded an album of (unreleased) original songs, and was the assistant recording engineer on punk albums by DOA and Skinny Puppy.
After relocating to Nashville in the '90s, she toured with Americana artists, including The Rhythm Angels, Colleen McFarland, opening for acts like Jessi Colter, Bush, and Candlebox. She toured the Southeast as bassist/vocalist with '80s cover band, Kung Pow, and played sax and sang backups with award-winning blues artists, including Markey Blue, Nick Nixon (ex-Platters), and Eight-o-Five Jive. She fronted a country duo with ex-Charlie Pride steel guitarist, Bill Poe, and performed in Mystery School’s “Mental Warfare” video, which has over 233,000 views.
Her radio jingles for AccountNet received heavy rotation on Lightning 100 and over a dozen of her songs have been recorded by independent artists, with "She Ain’t Got Jack" reaching #7 on the Roots Music Chart and #21 on the Top 30 Indie Chart. Gwen co-wrote, sang, and played guitar/keys on the Sister Gypsy & The Pirates’ “Illuminate the Game” YouTube video, which has over 40,000 views. She had endorsements with Fritter Gig Bags and MikTek and was featured in the Lee Oskar “Harmonicas For Life” ad campaign. Gwen's song “Mama Drove the Getaway Car” was picked up as the theme song for an online TV show about female race car drivers called "EmPowered Women.”
In the '20s, Gwen has produced and written music for herself and others, including in 2020, lending her sax skills to Dirty Lenny and Natasha Blaine. She also sang lead vocals for The Cox County Clappers. The time has finally come to step out of the shadows and present herself as an acoustic pop singer-songwriter. Her release of "Extraordinary People" will be the first of many singles as a solo artist in this exciting new phase of her career.
Growing up in Hawaii, Don developed an early love for music after learning to play the ukulele, classical guitar, and trombone as a child. As a self-taught bass guitarist, he enjoys creating musical accompaniments that reflect the interplay of traditional chordal structures and unique melodic lines.
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