Saturday, August 3, 2013

Amy Holland

Amy Holland (born Amy Boersma on August 15, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is a pop-rock singer from the '80s. Her mother was country singer Esmereldy and her father was opera singer Harry Boersma.

She changed her last name to Holland (after the origin country of her ancestors) because she thought that it would make a better stage name.
In 1980, Amy released her self-titled debut album on Capitol Records. The album peaked at #146 on the Billboard 200.

It was produced by singer Michael McDonald (who would later become her husband).
Amy scored her biggest hit to date with the single "How Do I Survive" which peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The success of the song helped her earn a Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist" in 1981, but she did not win it.

Amy would often perform the song live on music television shows such as Japanese music show "Music Fair" and "Young Oh! Oh!"

In 1982, Amy was featured on rock singer Chris Christian's single "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing / You're All I Need To Get By" which managed to peak at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1983, Amy released her sophomore album "On Your Every Word." The album failed to make the Billboard 200 chart at all.

The single "Anytime You Want Me" managed to peak at #110 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. During that same year, Amy married Michael McDonald.

After the release of her second album, Amy went on to provide vocals for soundtracks to films such as "Scarface," "Night of the Comet," "Teen Wolf," "St. Elmo's Fire," "Square Dance," "The Lion of Africa" and "K-9."

Amy and Michael later had two children and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Not much was heard from Amy during the '90s and she had seemingly faded into obscurity, but the reason for her absence was due to a battle of breast cancer which she survived.
In 2008, Amy released her third album "The Journey to Miracle River" on Chonin Records.

These days, it appears if Amy is still active in the music business and according to her Facebook, she plans on making a new album.

To see Amy's official website, go to:
http://www.amyhollandmcdonald.com/

To see a fan-made video for "How Do I Survive," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey3M-4fFdgU

To see a fan-made video for "Anytime You Want Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yQNg-ZqjYs

2 comments:

Tim Reyes said...

This singer does have some great music. It should be noted that her remake of the Marvin Gaye classics "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing/You're All I Need to Get By" in a medley duet with Chris Christian did chart successfully on the Adult Contemporary chart at #21. I did listen to her album On Your Every Word, I did like her songs "Anytime You Want Me" and "I'll Never Give Up"

Tim Reyes said...

UPDATE:
In 2016, she released her fourth album Light on my Path and the single "Walking on a Wire" received airplay throughout the West Coast radio stations everywhere.