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Kathy Greenholdt

Chicago singer-songwriter Kathy Greenholdt wrangles with human desires, spiritual themes, and the natural world in her brightly-dark Americana music.

In 2002, at age 38, Kathy learned to play guitar and wrote her first song. Since then, she has recorded five albums and received airplay on over 140 radio stations. She is currently releasing her seventh album, "Halos Are History."

“A songwriter of supreme power” and “a singer of great promise.”
(Reviewer’s Score of “When You’re Dead”: 8 out of 10)
– Martyn Coppack, AmericanaUK

On “When You’re Dead”: “Beautifully moody, brightly dark Americana that is worlds beyond the quality of her last (fine) album. I recommend you all go Green(holdt).”
– Jake Austen, Roctober Reviews

“With her new album, "When You’re Dead," Kathy Greenholdt solidifies her reputation as a gifted vocalist with ruminations on bravery, peace and even God. In Greenholdt’s unique brand of Americana-infused folk/pop, her assured vocals shift and shade to fit each song’s mood…. And they’re accompanied by the outstanding production and exemplary instrumentation of Dolly Varden’s Steve Dawson.”
– Bryan Cahpin, Chicago Indie Music Live

“'Lowly Violet,' the 45-year-old singer/songwriter’s latest effort, includes eight tunes showcasing her affecting voice and emotional lyrics. Cuts like ‘Fire’ and ‘The Dream’ sometimes suggest the gritty energy of Melissa Etheridge, at other times the studied nuance of Martha Wainwright. Happily, they’re at all times pleasing and profound.”
– Jeff Berkwits, Illinois Entertainer

“[‘Summer’s Through’] is just a gorgeously understated piece of songwriting….['Wake-Up Prayer'] has been in the pile of must-listen-to-them-again CDs for ages….I ended up playing it five times in a row, so apologies to the nextdoor neighbor.”
– Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2