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Winner of BackStage Magazine's 2006 Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award ("outstanding performer/songwriter on the rise"), NYC-based Michael Holland is equally at home in the musical worlds of rock/pop, cabaret, and theater. As creepy as that looks on paper, it is no less true. Originally from Southeastern Connecticut, Holland was a fixture on the Northeast singer / songwriter circuit during the '90s. He went on to form the trio Comfortable Shoes, who released one CD (produced, arranged, and co-written by Holland), and performed coast-to-coast from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall. In 2001 his third solo CD, the electronica-fueled "Darkness Falls," garnered a Blockbuster/MP3 Award for Favorite Male Performer - Rock. His fourth, 2004's "Beach Toys Won't Save You," nabbed the OutMusic Award for Songwriter of the Year. An in-demand studio musician and vocalist with a four-octave range, Holland has had many of his songs performed and/or recorded by people you've probably never heard of, but the checks cleared.

As musical director/arranger, Holland has worked with many of NYC's top cabaret performers, sixteen of whom were featured in an evening of his original music, entitled "Mikey Writes It!" (MAC Award, Best Revue, 2003.) In 2004, Holland penned music and lyrics for "Believe in Me...a Bigfoot musical," cited by the New York Times as the #1 show to see at FringeNYC, out of 200 productions presented. He also arranged and performed the world premiere of "Another Day in the Modern World," which appeared on "The Maury Yeston Songbook," released by psclassics. He has provided arrangements for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, incidental music for "Crazy Mary" (Playwrights Horizons), "Intimate Apparel" (Juilliard), "Starstruck" (Rattlestick Theatre) and "Sand" (Provincetown Rep), and scored the animated short "Cabbage Boy."

Recent projects include orchestrations/vocal arrangements for the recent Broadway revival of "Godspell", original music for "Arsenic and Old Lace" at Dallas Theater Center (starring Betty Buckley and Tovah Feldshuh), musical direction for the 2010 Drama Desk Awards (hosted by Patti LuPone), original compositions for productions of "Much Ado About Nothing” and "Othello" at Houston’s prestigious Alley Theatre, "The Servant of Two Masters" at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (both dir. by Scott Schwartz), the current Hole•O•Matic incarnation, and an original, full-length musical based on the Great Hurricane of 1938. Titled "Hurricane", Michael's original musical was selected as one of only 30 new works presented as part of the 2009 New York Musical Theater Festival from more than 450 shows submitted, and won awards for direction, composition, and overall production design.

"...Michael Holland, the jack-of-all-musical skills who popped up not that long ago on the cabaret scene to introduce many new, often rock-oriented ideas.... So far, no one's been able to figure out anything the fellow can't do!" D. Finkle -- The Village Voice