Lamar Holley | Confessions of a College Student

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Confessions of a College Student

by Lamar Holley

The Beatles meets Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Overture
0:17 album only
2. Biology
3:15 album only
3. Forgotten Friends
3:34 album only
4. Secretly
3:07 album only
5. Madame Shamrock
4:36 album only
6. Pretend That She's Ugly
4:15 album only
7. Slow Dance
2:44 album only
8. This is True
4:48 album only
9. Around Me
4:00 album only
10. Lovesick
4:33 album only
11. Flower
3:24 album only
12. Graduate With Honor
0:40 album only
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Album Notes
What listeners are saying:

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While musical theater has long borrowed from pop, Holley's "theater-pop" borrows from musical theater: character-driven songs with evocative settings. Complete with Brill Building style arrangements, Confessions of a College Student is essentially a radio-musical, as listeners follow the ups and downs of infatuation, rejection, and retrospect.

Following the High School Musical phenomenon, audiences may now be ready for a "College Musical". And, unlike University A Cappella by Ben Folds, this college music is virtually a one-man record--much like the projects Ben Folds is known for. (Appropriately enough, listeners often mistake Lamar Holley for Ben Folds, because their voices are so similar.)

Lamar Holley: Making His Confessions

Confessions of a College Student: the autobiographical one-man pop-musical began as love songs dedicated to objects of the artist's unrequited affection.

Lines like, "What's this love I say I'm waiting for?" and "This is a love song, I think," underscore the songwriter's confusion--so common to college courtship--trying to figure out what love is. Lamar Holley's lyrics also savor "fleeting moments", such as flashbacks of "Forgotten Friends" or a "Slow Dance" with someone with whom he'll "never be together".

Best of all, Lamar's lyrics take us painfully and humorously into the psychology and "Biology" of rejection--where one has to "Pretend That She's Ugly" or suffer the pain of being "Lovesick".

Lamar Holley recorded Confessions of a College Student in the small spare bedroom of his duplex during holiday breaks and late nights. One big break came on January 1 of 2009, when he received an email from one of his idols, Grammy-winning producer Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, The Grays), who was interested in mixing the record. Lamar scrambled to finish the album and raise tens of thousands of dollars to fund the mix, but ultimately replaced Puig with Ryan Freeland (Colbie Caillat, Ingrid Michaelson). Lamar admits: "Jack thought the music needed to go in a more commercial direction, while I was interested in making it as original as possible. I lost a lot of money, but I had to follow my instincts. Ryan captured what I was going for."

Lamar took the project beyond downloads and singer-songwriter appearances by crafting a dramatic story line around the songs, now performed as a stage musical at college campuses.

"I'm just a college student. I'm like in limbo: somewhere between what I used to be and what I'm supposed to be. I'm supposed to be working on becoming what I want to be when I grow up. But I don't think I'm growing up."

So begins the musical's first monologue. And what's the obstacle to his anticipated adulthood? You'll have to see the musical to find out. But listening to the songs paints a pretty obvious picture. And, like all good songs, each "confession" on the album is a story all by itself.



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Captain Melody

The New Pet Sounds
I have reviewed hundreds of albums online at but it is rare to discover new talent this good right out of the gate.

Lamar Holley has created a unique sound that combines elements of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Jellyfish, Polyphonic Spree and Ben Folds. He calls it a pop musical.

The album is dynamic with rock tracks "Biology" and "Pretend that She's Ugly", slower but catchy tunes "Flower" and "Secretly" and full-on orchestrations "This is True" and "Around Me."

This album is great, and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Steve Holesko

I confess I'm obsessed!
I came across this album through a Facebook friend and I must admit I'm completely blown away. This music is crafted with such beautiful layers it gave me chills numerous times. I don't have enough time to break apart every track in the way they deserve so I will end this with a few of my favorite highlights. The "Overture" before "Biology" gives a small taste of what is in store for the following tracks. It is lush and powerful. I'm listening to album as I write this and I begin to see that giving highlights isn't even possible. This WHOLE album is a treasure that will be playing on my stereo for a long time! You won't regret buying this album that is genius in every sense of the word.

Marc Emmick

Confessions of a College Student
Singer-songwriter Lamar Holley is a promising new artist who sounds like a younger Ben Folds, writes unusual and memorable pop songs with a definite “Beatles-like” feel, and tops them off with some amazing harmonies and a kind of vocal counterpoint we haven’t heard since the Beachboys were in their prime.

For his recently released concept album, Confessions of a College Student, Lamar has created an eclectic collection of pop songs that tell a story as he takes a wistful and often whimsical look back at his college days. Baby Boomers who remember the Beatles and Beachboys will love Lamar’s retro sound at the same time he is attracting a whole new generation of teenagers and young adults with his contemporary version of a classic style that still appeals to all different age groups. With this album, Lamar Holley may well do for 60s style music what Michael Buble has done for swing and standards, making it all sound so fresh and new and exciting to today’s audiences!