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Wed 25 Apr 2012, 7:30pm

Where: The Duke of Kent, 125 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga, Riverina

Restrictions: 18+


Following the release of her debut album, Introducing Jess Holland, this impressive vocalist is taking to the road, heading off on the aptly named M2M Tour to showcase her new material to fans. The M2M Tour, titled because of the trek from Mudgee to Melbourne – the starting and finishing locations for the tour – is the first time Jess has taken her own headline show on the road. This is a rare chance for music lovers to see this powerhouse singer live, and with reviews like "a voice that could peel the paint off walls" (Mike McClellan) it’s easy to understand why the country music fraternity is raving about this 2011 Toyota Star Maker finalist.

Jess says the idea behind the M2M Tour wasn’t simply to showcase her new recording, but also to "get amongst new crowds and towns she hasn’t performed to before. The main aim of this tour is to make a wider scope of people aware of who Jess Holland is and to give them the opportunity to meet and listen to my musical style,” she says. The tour also features special guest Gretta Ziller.

If the gritty, ballsy country sound of the album is anything to go by, then music fans are in for a real treat when Jess takes to the stage. She says audiences can expect a high voltage, rockin’ show that will make them want to get up and dance. “I will be playing all the songs off the new album, plus a few songs they’ll never have heard before,” she says. “There will also be a couple of favourites that will get everybody’s toes tapping. Each night will be unique and action packed, so the band and I are certainly looking forward to the fun.”

Jess isn’t a new face on the music scene; she’s been honing her skills for years, and comes from music royalty. Her grandfather was a founding member of well-known bush band The Stringybark Band, so it’s no surprise that Jess felt a resonance with country music. As a three-year-old, Jess taught herself to play the piano, and by the age of nine she was performing in musical groups in her home town of Mudgee. In high school she formed her own rock band McGee, which saw this powerhouse vocalist showcasing her talents, while also playing mandolin, keyboard or acoustic guitar. McGee had incredible local success for a fledgling band. They released their debut self-titled EP in 2008, and secured performance spots at the likes of the 2008 A Day on the Green.

Jess kicked off 2011 with a great start to her solo career, being chosen in the Top 20 finalists for the Toyota Star Maker. She has also toured through central, western and northern New South Wales in support of the likes of Luke Dickens, Uncle Bobs Jug Band and Adam Kilpatrick. She also performed at the wedding for Scott Warby from the Channel 9 show, Farmer Wants a Wife. Earning the title of 2011 Voice of Urban Country was a great stepping stone forward, the first of many accolades that will certainly befall this talented musician.