Holly McNarland Biography

October 1974, Manitoba, Canada. Guitarist and singer-songwriter McNarland has received numerous comparisons to Alanis Morissette since she burst on to the scene during the late 90s, owing to the facts that both come from Canada and specialize in emotional and confessional songs. Raised in Winnipeg, McNarland started singing at the tender age of three, and took up the guitar during her teenage years when she also began writing her own songs. A demo tape led to a meeting with producer Dale Penner (who became better known for his work with Canadian grunge disciples Nickelback), and a bond was formed between the two. McNarland signed with the Universal Music Canada label in 1995, the same year her debut release, a mini-album titled Sour Pie, was issued. Although the release did not exactly light up the US charts, it did receive some critical acclaim in renowned publications such as Rolling Stone. Two years later, McNarland issued her full-length debut Stuff (which helped win the singer a Canadian Juno Award for Best New Solo Artist). After 1998’s in-concert set, Live Stuff, little was heard from the singer as she became a mother to a son and plotted her next career move. McNarland finally returned in 2002, with the new studio release, Home is Where My Feet Are.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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