Folk-rock singer and songwriter Joe Holt graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015,
Folk-rock singer and songwriter Joe Holt graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015, where he studied composition. Three full-length albums, four EPs, and one acoustic album. Since then, he’s played at Boston’s Club Passim, the Hard Rock Café, New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, Boston’s The Bitter End, Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go-Go, among others, and his music has been played on more than 60 radio stations across the world. I took piano lessons as a kid, then moved on to trombone for a year and then saxophone for 2 or 3 years. I always held the saxophone incorrectly though, twisting it across my lap and holding it like a guitar – it’s like I always knew what instrument I would eventually land on. I started playing the guitar at 12 and ended up going to Berklee to major in Songwriting. Studying with Guy van Duser got me into fingerpicking, which led me to my current discipline.
Like stumbling into a rose garden on a trek through the arctic, listeners of Emily Anderson’s music find themselves helplessly lifted into a world so hauntingly familiar, and yet so enchantingly curious. Anderson’s music is as shaped by this whimsical perspective as it is by her musical credentials. A multi-instrumentalist trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Anderson fills her songs with images of nature, hope, and the solar system, not to mention a few puns. Anderson hails from Fairbanks, Alaska, and now splits her time between her hometown and Los Angeles.
Her upbringing in a tight-knit community has shared her musical perspective. One radio reviewer remarked of her 2017 full-length album Simple Things, “Emily Anderson’s music shatters the imagery you might have of surviving the long dark winters while living in Fairbanks, AK. One might expect dark introspection or a songwriter who bites back at life, but the songs on Simple Things are warm and emotive.”