‘Gone Girl’ no more. Local singer-songwriter makes resurgence to local music scene.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Holli Garet grew up listening to music as a form of therapy to help her through a difficult childhood.


Today, the 40-year-old singer/songwriter still uses the power of music to navigate life’s choppy waters.

I spoke with Holli about her recent resurgence into the local music scene and learned that there’s a lot more to the songstress than just a beautiful voice.


“I grew up loving music. I used to sit in my room and just listen. I had a difficult upbringing and music became my own form of therapy,” she said. “I always believed the words were written just for me and I remember a time when I thought maybe I have something to say that can help someone going through what I was going through.


“That’s when I decided to start writing music.”

Holli was seven-years-old when her grandmother, who played piano and sang in the church choir, passed away.


“She left my mother her piano and it became my best friend,” she said. “I taught myself how to play. I started writing lyrics and poetry on napkins and turned them into music.”


That piano now sits in Holli’s home where she is raising her four children.


Her career in music has ebbed and flowed with the seasons of change that come with marriage and children.

Her first big break arrived in 2014 when she was offered a publishing contract with Sony following a recording she did in Nashville.


Acting on the advice of her attorney, she passed on the opportunity, but has never stopped thinking about what might have been.


“It was a heartbreaking deal because I had already announced that it was happening and I had to retract it,” she said.

LIVING IN THE MOMENT


After four decades of living, Holli is once again seeking solace in the power of music.


As her 20-year marriage to the father of her children comes to an end, she is channeling those emotions into words with her latest song – Gone Girl.


“I haven’t recorded Gone Girl yet, but I hope to this year,” she said. “I started writing it about three years ago. It’s about waking up and realizing that I don’t want to go through this anymore; that I’m a gone girl and I’m not coming back.


“It’s my anthem.”

SEEKING INSPIRATION


I asked Holli to tell me about those who inspire her.


“I love Adele. I love her voice,” she said. “I also love Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Norah Jones.”


Today, Holli is focused on two things: Her children and making music.

She connected with singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop in 2020 and the two began co-writing songs.


Holli is also back to performing at local venues.


You can catch one of her shows from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, at Lucky Vines Vineyard and Winery.


She’s also slated to perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at Newton’s Cellar.


Holli can also be booked for private parties and can be reached through her Facebook page.