Magazine article Guitar Player

Deborah Holland

Magazine article Guitar Player

Deborah Holland

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DEBORAH HOLLAND MAY CRAFT POLISHED pop songs with folk, rock, electronica, and jazz influences, but she adheres to the same "keep it real" philosophy that drives hip-hop acts to reveal life-changing experences in their work. The title track of her new CD, Bad Girl Once ... [Rage On], for example, takes listeners on a journey through her mercurial youth, with eyebrow-raising snapshots of opium-induced excess, a Jack Kerouac-inspired tale of stealing from a church, and voluntary and involuntary intimate encounters. Ultimately, the song ends with reflections on her current life of content domesticity as a soccer morn, with a nod and a wink to everyone now in the know about her past exploits.

"There isn't a word in that song that isn't true," she says. "However, when my kids or my mom ask if those things really happened, I'll say 'no.' I sometimes wonder if I should have gone as far as I did with portraying the specifics, but I don't censor myself. I'm making honest music that represents my experiences."

Holland is best known as one-third of Animal Logic--a pop trio also comprised of jazz-fusion bassist Stanley Clarke and ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Between 1988 and 1992, the group recorded two critically acclaimed albums, and had a hit single with 1989's "There's a Spy (In the House of Love)."

"I spent ten years in Los Angeles having absolutely nothing happen, because I tried to write what I thought record companies wanted and what I wanted," says Holland. …

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