Hollie Smith


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Hollie Smith is a New Zealand soul singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Most known for her solo work and platinum-selling releases, Smith is also a member of Anika Boh & Hollie. Over her career she has also recorded and performed with a diverse range of local and international bands, electronic music producers and musical collectives. (By Martyn Pepperell) Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen Hollie Smith

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Hollie Smith was just 16 when she won the Best Female Vocalist prize at the 1999 National Jazz Festival. 2006 album Long Player firmly established the dusky-voiced chanteuse as New Zealand's first lady of soul and saw her signed by the internationally-famed Manhattan Records. Her  vocals memorably soared on the Don McGlashan-penned hit 'Bathe in the River', from movie No.2. At the 2007 NZ Music Awards, Smith collected Best Female Solo Artist, and Breakthrough Artist." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Mamma

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Soul ; Music Video

    "Soul songstress Hollie Smith looks gorgeous in a fierce kind of way in this big bold video clip from director Preston McNeil of Mo Fresh Productions. Auckland bars Hotel DeBrett and Sale St gleam in a riot of primary colour, clowns and crime; and there are celebrity cameo performances galore, including music TV hosts Shavaughn Ruakere, Nick Dwyer and Helena McAlpine, and actors Danielle Cormack and Oliver Driver." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Philosophy

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Soul ; Music Video

    "Thanks to its control of light and texture, this is surely one of New Zealand's more luxurious music videos. As the song progresses, performer Hollie Smith takes on the persona of the central figure in a series of classic artworks — from the Mona Lisa, to a portrait of Frida Kahlo, to Edouard Manet's 1882 painting of a Parisian barwoman at the Folies-Bergère nightclub. Director James Solomon was later the prime mover behind 2015 web series K'Rd Stories." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Ria Hall

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Bilingual Māori singer Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato) was born in Tauranga and has a background in kapa haka. She fronted reggae band Hope Road and has been a live backing vocalist for Hollie Smith and Trinity Roots. Hall describes her own music as "roots/neo-soul". She sang the Rugby World Cup anthem at the 2011 opening ceremony; the following year her self-titled album was named album of the year at the NZ Music Awards. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen For Our Women

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "In 2012 TV presenter Helena McAlpine enlisted a chorus of NZ music’s finest voices to cover Chris Knox’s classic love song, as part of a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. They included Alisa Xayalith, Brooke Fraser, Julia Deans, Martin Phillipps, The Topp Twins, Don McGlashan, Warren Maxwell, Hinewehi Mohi, Princess Chelsea, Jon Toogood and Hollie Smith. The track was arranged and produced by Sean Donnelly (SJD). McAlpine was diagnosed with the disease in 2008, and died on 23 September 2015." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Mai Time - Series 12, Episode 18

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Magazine ; Children ; Māori ; Television

    "Mai Time was an influential magazine show for Māori youth, screening for a decade on Saturday mornings on TV2. This episode looks at the place of ta moko (tattoo), interviewing Robert Ruha, a 27-year-old with a full-face moko. Mai Time crew visit Otara Music Arts Centre, a Matariki exhibition at Whaingaroa (Raglan), and then artist Lisa Reihana finds “more mean art by the sea”: Brett Graham and Rachel Rakena’s Aniwaniwa exhibition at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Aptly, the artwork explores the 1947 flooding of the village of Horahora for a hydroelectric scheme." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Mt Raskil Preservation Society

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "A one-off project, the Mt Raskil Preservation Society was put together to perform 'Bathe in the River', the rousing gospel-inspired number that forms the centrepiece of Don McGlashan's score for Toa Fraser's feature film No. 2. Those accompanying vocalist Hollie Smith include Wellington-based singer Bella Kalolo (on lead backing vocal), Auckland's Jubilation Choir and regular McGlashan collaborators David Long (a former Mutton Bird) and Sean Donnelly (aka SJD). McGlashan recorded his own version of 'Bathe in the River' for his Marvellous Year album." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Bathe in the River

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "Don McGlashan wrote this rousing secular gospel number for a key scene in No. 2, Toa Fraser's cinematic tribute to the Auckland suburb of Mount Roskill. Beyond the screen it won an APRA Silver Scroll and spent 22 weeks in the charts. That sales success was helped in no small part by this Fraser-directed video which recreates the film's (eventually) joyous, party vibe. Cast and crew gather to watch the fruits of their labours and witness a backyard performance by Hollie Smith, McGlashan and the other members of the Mount Raskil Preservation Society." (NZ On Screen summary)


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