Monday, June 18th, 2018
$10 / ALL AGES / TAVERN
When Christina Holmes sings, walls, barriers, and boundaries disappear. Finding a sweet spot in the middle of acoustic, folk, reggae, rock, and pop music, she represents the same values and vision on stage and off.
“I’m always just very honest and real,” she exclaims. “We’re all human. I allow listeners into my life by going deeper. I’m not afraid to show my vulnerable side. I have a message. I’ve gained so much confidence through music, and I hope I can inspire others to chase their dreams too.”
Between regular open mics around Rhode Island and dive bar gigs in New York City, she linked up with the charity Musicians On Call and performed for countless bedridden hospital patients. 2012 saw her take the stage for the world famous “Amateur Night” at the Apollo and leave with a standing ovation. In 2014, she released her full-length debut Peace, Love, & C. Holmes and joined Trevor Hall for a sold-out North American tour over the course of 2015.
Launching her own label Cove House in 2017, she dove headfirst into her sophomore effort with producer Warren Huart [Colbie Caillat, James Blunt]. After only two-and-a-half weeks in a Los Angeles studio, she emerged with Stand Up. For the first time, a studio recording captured the prowess of the vocalist’s powerhouse presence on stage. The album was introduced via marathon of touring alongside the likes of Hall, Xavier Rudd, and Nahko & Medicine for the People.
Her live energy shines through the 2018 single “Bring The People Together.” Driven by lithe acoustic guitar and simmering reggae grooves, it presents a concrete mission statement loud and clear. From the plaintive lyrical poetry and wind-swept soul of “Let My Music Free Your Soul” to the clarion call of “Stand Up,” her voice resounds with power and passion. However, the final track “Always” tugs at the heartstrings the most. Written after the passing of her dad David Holmes, Sr., it incorporates the last voicemail he left Christina.
In the end, Christina has only just begun to bring people together.
“When you hear my records or see me live, I want you to feel something, whether it’s happy or sad,” she leaves off. “I’d love for you to let go of anything that’s holding you back. Music did that for me.”
— Madison Pruitt
Madison Pruitt is a seventeen year old singer and song writer from Oberlin, Ohio. Born to Theodore Pruitt and Dawn Hrnchar Pruitt, she is one of six children. Being home-schooled along with her siblings until her junior year of high-school gave her a lot of free time. She began to teach herself to play piano and guitar by ear, along with the help of YouTube, at the age of eleven. When Madison was thirteen she began to find influence in the band Nahko and Medicine for the People. After about a year of seriously dedicating herself to learn their music and play within the same style and genre, she began to gain a lot of attention from people across the globe.
The Medicine Tribe started to share and support her passion, along with her own music. Soon enough, even the members of the band found her music and reached out to her. Madison has since traveled across the country to perform with them along with others who have found her music through Nahko and the gang. She has been blessed to share the stage with the likes of Twiddle, Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, and Dustin Thomas. If you're into funny, awkward, home-schooled musicians, Madison Pruitt is the one for you.
— Adam Elfers