After finishing school in NYC, Holtz decided once and for all that his place was on stage and not behind a desk as he left his office job to pursue a career in music full time. Spending a year playing anywhere he could from small clubs, to open mics, and even on the street, it was clear to willing listeners that Andrew had inspiring talent. However, it wasn't until he met the NYC based production team, The Churchills that his talent was truly unleashed. After 5 months of recording Andrew came out with 10 brilliantly written and performed songs in a fusion of rock, pop, alternative, and folk with a sprinkle of jazz. Since then Andrew has released 4 of the songs on his first self-titled EP, shared the stage with Vanessa Carlton, David Mead, The Pierces, and Teitur, and captured an Asbury Music Award nomination for Best Male Solo Act in 2004. Like the usual wave of aspiring musicians to take a chance at stardom, the lanky young songwriter's passion for music was sparked at an early age by whomever his father was listening to that day. Artists like James Taylor and Jackson Browne were played continuously around the house. When Andrew, at thirteen, found his father's old Martin D35 guitar in the attic. Since then Andrew has never put it down. Holtz's abilities led to a short stint with an alternative rock band in high school called Linus With Linus Andrew had the opportunity to frequently play with bands like New Found Glory and Dashboard Confessional's former project The Vacant Andy's before both of these acts moved on to fame and fortune. As Andrew's ability progressed so did his taste in music and after Linus' break up in early 1999 Andrew was given the opportunity to pursue music again. This time he went solo and unplugged and his writing became more poppy and slightly sugar coated- but still sincere enough to make you remember. Armed with his acoustic guitar, a velvet tenor voice, and a diligence only matched by his creativity, Andrew's music has a casual appeal that is easily likeable and fresh. It is undeniable that Andrew's vocal and songwriting capabilities mirror that of his influences. From Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne, to Rhett Miller, Ben Folds, and The Churchills, Andrew Holtz has developed a unique and eclectic musicality. Surely if not his pensive tone and breathy pauses between syrupy vocals do not captivate you then his picture invoking lyrics and fresh melodies will. This musician is giving it to you straight. Cover and sampling free. Completely original; Completely himself. More then memorable, Andrew Holtz is one act you must experience to experience.
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