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Holly Penfield

Holly Penfield, a native of San Francisco, has lived and performed in London for the past fifteen years.

A luminary on the jazz / cabaret scene, she has appeared in prestigious venues including Pizza on the Park, Cafe de Paris, Beach Blanket Babylon, Pizza Express, China Jazz, and Scott's on Mount Street. She has appeared in top hotels including The Lanesborough, The Landmark, The Mandarin Hotel in Knightsbridge and The Ritz. She has twice played New Year's Eve galas at the Millenium Hotel, has sold out dinner concerts at the Savoy, and is currently in residency at The Green Carnation in Soho. Holly is regularly booked by London agents for hotels, private parties, special events and cruises. She was recently the headline talent on a two-week Princess Cruise down the Mexican Riviera. Holly has been a high-heeled trailblazer in London's lively cabaret and burlesque scene, performing in nightclubs including Too Too Much, Volupte Supper Club and Cafe Royal.

Holly has performed for notables including Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Boy George and George Michael. She also performed with Michael Jackson at the 1996 Brit Awards.

Touring Europe extensively, she has presented shows at ski resorts in the Alps, at a Russian art gallery in St Moritz and has sung in an amphitheater in Sicily and in many a chateau for sexy French farmers. In Norway she conducted a 13-city tour culminating in a concert in Oslo. Other European credits include music festivals in France, Italy and Germany, gigs in Istanbul, Munich, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Tokyo (at the enormous Budokan Theatre where she competed in the Yamaha Songwriting Festival, winning a motorcycle!) She has appeared with her quartet at Cairo's legendary Menai Hou Oberoi Hotel, at the base of the Cheops Great Pyramid, singing swing at the El Khalifa Room.

Holly has appeared at the world renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she presented her original and critically acclaimed show "Fragile Human Monster" which was recorded as a CD in 1990. "Parts Of My Privacy" featured arrangements, production and saxophone by Ian Ritchie. Holly returned to Edinburgh in 2005 and 2006, garnering glowing reviews from the UK press for her shows "Holly's Hot Spot" and "Both Sides Now", for which she won "Best Singer of the Fringe 2006" Award from Fringe Report.

Holly's heritage is musical; her grandmother Anna Penfield was a classical pianist with the New York Philharmonic Ballet and Opera. Holly herself is a pianist whose songwriting talents come to the foreground in her original compositions, both on "Parts" and on her more recent CD's "Both Sides Now" and "Le Jazz Hot" which was recorded live at Pizza on the Park with an all star band. Holly has recorded five albums of her own material, with one song reaching the Top 100 in the American charts.

Having developed her jazz / cabaret act in London, Holly Penfield now turns her attention to her birthplace and the American market. She is ready to try out her European act in American venues and hopes to cast the same bedazzling spell on enthused audiences.