Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent with charming charisma to craft her own dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records and iconic live appearances around the world.
Her music career commenced early when family friend and punk trailblazer Ari Up asked Cook, age 19 at the time, to join the raucous ’70s feminist UK post-punk outfit The Slits for their reformation in 2006. She thrived on being thrown into the deep end and quickly cut her teeth with four years of back-to-back shows around the globe. Her talents recognised and nurtured, she then released her first solo album ‘Hollie Cook’ in 2011, with a revered 2012 dub album follow-up, whilst singles such as ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘That Very Night’ gained support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra and Radio X. After performing at The Stone Roses concert at Manchester’s Heaton Park at the personal request of Ian Brown, and her hypnotic performance on the prestigious ‘Later…With Jools Holland’, the way was paved for Hollie’s transcendence into the limelight.
For someone who claimed “it’s hard for a band to really stand out and shake up the world”, Cook was certainly making a good go of proving herself wrong. By the end of 2014, Jamie T had requested her support for his Alexandra Palace show and featured her on his track ‘They Told Me It Rained’. Cook had also unleashed ‘Twice’ via Mr. Bongo Records, and with Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi once again aiding in the album’s conception, Cook confidently delivered with her follow-up to a well-received debut. In the wake of another successful release, Hollie hit the road with both The Skints and Protoje, and lent her vocal talent to Quantic’s ‘Shuffle Them Shoes’ single, which also featured on the ‘1000 Watts’ album.
“sweetly romantic, tuneful, and so unlike anything else going on in the pop scene” — i-D Magazine
Acclaimed, legendary producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover is Cook’s most recent collaborator, lending his venerable production expertise to Hollie’s latest album ‘Vessel of Love’. His success with Killing Joke is only surpassed by his enduring reputation as one of the most prolific producers in the UK, which was recently validated with an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Music Producers Guild. Hollie Cook sits in good company on Glover’s impressive production list, joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, The Verve, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode. Cook’s ability to continually surprise, delight and progress solidifies her position as one of this generation’s premier voices in reggae.
“I’m very honoured to work with Hollie, one of the most exciting emerging singers and writers over the last ten years. Hollie combines seductive and wistful melodies, underpinned with some sharp lyrical observations and clever word play combined with an exquisite and informed pop sensibility… It was a pleasure to work with an artist with such high-calibre criteria and vision.” — Martin ‘Youth’ Glover
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