Undoubtedly one of Aotearoa’s strongest voices, Hollie Smith emerged in the late 1990s, working with the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Trinity Roots, she then cemented her place as one of the country’s most cherished acts with the 2006 Don McGlashan penned single ‘Bathe In The River’. Hollie’s following albums have entered the NZ charts at number one, with her debut LONG PLAYER selling double platinum and winning Hollie ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the 2007 VNZMAs.
2016 sees Hollie offer up her third solo offering, “Water or Gold”. The album sits squarely in jazz and soul realms, and yet, it’s also one of her most daring, as she inches into new territory – rollicking rock and blues, to be specific.
The 11 songs that make up “Water or Gold” were written over a couple of years, and span both times of joy and times of sadness in Hollie’s life. A lot of that joy, she explains, comes from having helping to raise the son of her now ex-partner, which accounts for some of the album’s uplifting moments.
“Water or Gold” was produced by Hollie and mixed in New York with Kiwi producer and engineer Aaron Nevezie. Aaron has been based in the States since 1998 and has worked with the likes of The Black Keys and Danger Mouse.
“Water or Gold” will be released on April 1st 2016.