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.
2012 saw 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 in Grazia, All Saints and The Stylist.
Hollie’s live band played Big Chill, V, Festibelly, One Love,
and Jazz Cafe in 2011. The year 2013 saw Hollie release of a dub album and a 20-date tour, with notable performances including
her outstanding appearance at SNWMF. We are very happy to present Hollie Cook again this year.
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