Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London in a household dominated by music - with Sex Pistol Paul Cook as her dad, music was always around – and she gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure.

Entering professional acting, singing and modelling at a young age, Hollie soon rejected her performance arts schooling for musical ventures truer to her influences. With Boy George as her godfather her path was somewhat destined for  music. Family friend and Slits singer Ari Up persuaded Hollie to sing backing vocals for a new EP ‘Revenge of the Killer Slits’, which she followed by ditching school to join the band.

The summer of 2011 saw the release of her self-titled debut album produced by the legendary Prince Fatty (Lily, Allen, Graham Coxon, Gregory Isaacs) which received critical acclaim from many and resulted in being on an array of ‘Top Albums of 2011’ lists including The Word, The Mirror and Rough Trade. Hollie’s self-coined ‘tropical pop’ sound stems from her passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups.

Singles ‘Body Beat’, ‘That Very Night’ and ‘Milk & Honey’ made waves gaining heavy support from David Rodigan (Kiss 100), Toddla T (Radio 1), Annie Mac (Radio 1), Rob Da Bank (Radio 1), Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Steve Lamacq (6Music), Namone (6Music) and John Kennedy (XFM), culminating in a live Maida Vale session for Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and a Later... With Jools Holland performance on BBC 2.

So far, 2012 has seen Hollie appear on 6Music’s ‘Roundtable’, Rebel Playlist and Album of the Day and her cover of Amy Whinehouse’s track ‘You Know I’m No Good’ was produced for Q Magazine. She has been flagged as a one to watch in NME and Music Week and has appeared in editorial in The Sunday Times, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Metro and The Sun and fashion features in the likes of Vanity Fair and i-D and forthcoming in Grazia, All Saints and The Stylist. 

Hollie’s live band played Big Chill, V, Festibelly, One Love, Jazz Cafe in 2011. This year see’s Hollie gearing up for the release of a dub album, an album of new material and a 20-date tour, with notable performances confirmed at Bestival, Camp Bestival, Womad and The Vintage Festival. The summer will see Hollie play to her biggest crowd in Manchester to support The Stone Roses in their historical comeback tour.

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Links: Hollie Cook's Web Site


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