Holly is a story teller, a dramatic singer. When I listen to her work, I see theater. There is the big dance number, the novelty song, and the quiet moment with one actor left on stage, intimate and heart breaking. The melodies stick and the audience goes out humming after the show. Then add her critical thinking, her passion for social change and activism. And the music becomes the soundtrack for a movement. Being called a folk singer is an honor, to be sure. And yet, it would be an incomplete description of this artist. Let the play begin. — Timothy Near, Artistic Director San Jose Repertory Theater
Holly Near sings her own work as well as songs by Jackson Browne, Jane Siberry, Laura Love, Cheryl Wheeler, Eric Schwartz, Michael Butler, and Amy Carol Webb. "I Am Willing" is a powerful hymn of hope and tradition. "Somebody's Jail", a heart-breaking reflection on the condition of women in the world. "I Want You Gone"—well, guess who that is about? "Lives In The Balance" moves into the Middle East on the wings of George Lammam's haunting violin solo. And yes, there is laughter. "Hattie and Mattie" celebrates two elder women who fell in love long before there was a word for it. "Family Band", a light-hearted song about creating new family if the one we got aint working. Enjoy!