Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Deborah Holland will release her sixth solo album Fine, Thank You! on March 27, 2020. Included is the private stream for the full album in advance. Co-produced and engineered by Winston Hauschild on Bowen Island, BC, Fine, Thank You! features a stellar cast of collaborators like Stewart Copeland of The Police behind the kit on four cuts, JUNO-winning backup vocalist Shari Ulrich, and Patterson Barrett on pedal steel.
Title track “Fine, Thank You!” is a song of resilience with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It will be released Friday, February 28. “Since her ‘escape’ from Animal Logic back in the day, Deborah has grown and grown as an artist as her songs go even deeper into a life lived,” Copeland says, adding about the EP’s title track: “’Fine, Thank You!’ is indeed great; very distinctive the way the vocals weave around a really poignant lyric.” Ulrich also offers some deserved praise, saying: “Deborah is one of those rare gems who has it all – exceptional songwriting with bold, insightful, and honest lyrics and a voice with a pure, gorgeous tone to deliver them. She’s the real deal.”
First single “The Sun Is Out” is about how “Winters can be brutal,” explains Holland. “After living in Los Angeles for over 30 years, any ‘real’ winter is hard. I often feel like Vancouver is made up of two different worlds: late spring, summer, early fall and ‘the rest’. I’m much happier on those days when the sun is bright and I have my SPF 50 on.”
Deborah Holland has been remarkably prolific with her musical output, initially fronting innovative and iconic trio Animal Logic – with Police drummer Stewart Copeland and legendary jazz bassist Stanley Clarke – in the late ‘80s. Holland is a member of folk supergroup The Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Cidny Bullens.
She has built an impressive career sharing genre-bending sounds, and plans to continue that journey with the new release. Fine, Thank You! is her sixth diverse solo album, following Vancouver (2013), Bad Girl Once… (2006), The Book of Survival (1999), The Panic Is On (1997), and debut Freudian Slip (1994). “I’ve developed my own style over the years that defines a lot of my work,” Holland begins, “but I’ve always listened to and been inspired by new, sometimes really boundary-pushing sounds. This record showcases a lot of those different influences and experiences all coming together.” The six song collection welcomes a wide-range fusion of Americana, folk, jazz, and more that borrows from her past but is firmly anchored in the present. It sways effortlessly from foot-stomping, Celtic-tinged folk to soothing soft rock to buoyant modern pop, keeping Holland’s virtuosic vocals and searing wit at the forefront.
“The Sun Is Out” (Now)
“Fine, Thank You!” (as of February 28)
Fine, Thank You! Tracklisting:
1. Fine, Thank You!
2. The Sun Is Out
3. Will I Ever Be Loved
4. Hard To Understand
5. Next Year Maybe (Happy Birthday)
6. The Pity Party