Born: July 24 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Instrument: Vocal Pat Holley began her career as a singer/pianist in the early ‘70s at Danny’s Hideaway in Queens. She continued her career as a full-time singer/pianist and songwriter until she retired from an extended engagement at the then Hotel Manhattan’s Playbill Room. Several years later, she resumed her singing career and continued until 1986, when she then concentrated on more songwriting and arranging for a variety of popular artists.
During her singing engagements in the early 70’s, she wrote songs for five commercial recordings, three of which were re- released in 1999 by Universal and MCA Records, including the first song recorded by singer Stephanie Mills (“The Wiz”) I Knew It Was Love.
In 1987 she arranged and co-orchestrated, for a 24 piece orchestra, 19 Gershwin songs comprising the RAI TV/Franco Zeffirelli presentation in Positano, Italy (Shirley) “Verrett Sings Gershwin.”
In the early 90’s she began writing the book, music and lyrics for her new musical, “Me & Caesar Lee.”
She has continued songwriting to present, resulting in a large and varied catalog of mostly unpublished songs.
She studied composition and theory for two years at the Julliard School and studied arranging at City College.
She has logged hundreds of hours in various recording studios as a producer for her own compositions.
She taught voice and theory throughout her career to a wide variety of well known artists in the fields of theatre, pop, and R&B music.
She lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.