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California, USA. Holly Palmer grew up in Santa Monica, California, and Seattle, Washington, where she regularly sang Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson standards in high school. By the time she attended the Berklee College Of Music in Boston on a scholarship, she had rediscovered her love of pop music and spent many evenings playing at impromptu rock gigs. After Berklee she continued to play irregularly in rock bands in New York, though she still returned to jazz standards when the occasion arose. She signed a development deal with Island Records in 1993 but this failed to produce a full contract. However, she eventually came to the attention of Sue Drew at Reprise Records, resulting in the release of her self-titled debut album in 1996. As she later told Billboard magazine, she never set out to prove herself the easiest of people to work with: Because of my experiences before with industry types, there were certain things that I wanted. I wanted to co-produce...