Holly Jean Cosner
Holly Jean Cosner reflects the better sensibilities of today's top artists. One could say she lies somewhere between Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, with a bit of Joan Osborne and Jewel. But whatever her similarities to others, it is Holly's originality that stands out. Like many of the best artists, she defies category. Her powerful and versatile voice is matched by her honest and intelligent lyrics. From the appropriately haunting Some Ghost, to the compelling and infectious Fair Exchange, Holly imbues her songs with an emotional resonance. She even takes the pop classic We Just Disagree and gives it feeling it never had. In her hands it becomes a beautiful and raw lament of lost love. Holly dissects the desperation of relationships in the biting rocker, Sick of Me, then slows it down in Temporary Man, a dreamy, sultry story of infatuation. She caps it all off with The Hand that Kills Me, singing with breathless, naked emotion. Even though it is the 11th song on the CD, she leaves you wanting more. Holly is a torch singer with the soul of a rocker, communicating gently, then bringing up the intensity when necessary. Sad, sexy, angry, profound, everything but indifferent, Holly Jean Cosner is the happy discovery somebody makes when they're looking for someone new and extraordinary. Her songs will stay with you. Holly lives in New York, but hails from Memphis. She started singing as a little girl in church, and once believed herself to be the daughter of Joni Mitchell or Donna Summer. That was ultimately disproven, but she worked through that disappointment to study music composition and theater. She writes songs to help her deal with the vagaries of life and love.