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The Dream

by Steve Holt

"There really isn't a bad cut on the disc - and several are just plain exceptional. THE DREAM is going to make you re-think your views on modern adult pop music." - Dan Brisebois, Music Critic, Canadianbands.com
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Soon
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2. We Need You
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3. How Could I Know
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4. Just To Be With You
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5. Let It Be
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6. Empty Handed
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7. The Dream
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8. When...
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9. Can't Find My Way Home
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10. Surrender Act I
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11. Surrender Act II
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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY...

"The evidence is clear that he is truly a master."
- Bobbie Gallup, Gallup 'N Dawg Music, Nashville, TN

"Steve dreams of making a better world through his music...
he makes a compelling plea for tolerance and love at a time when the globe is torn by so much suffering and strife."
- Linda Leatherdale, Toronto Sun

"It's obvious THE DREAM is something Steve has wanted to do for a long time. The passion he exhibits to the craft is rare - and a welcome change. There really isn't a bad cut on the disc - and several are just plain exceptional. With a little something for everyone, you'll have your own favourites. Steve describes THE DREAM himself as 'a sleepy giant that slowly took shape'. The beast has been unleashed ... and it's going to quietly make you re-think your views on modern adult pop music."
- Dan Brisebois, music critic Canadianbands.com

SO HOW COME YOU NEVER HEARD OF THIS GUY?

Probably because Steve is from that vast but mysterious and largely undiscovered country, Canada.

But he's been busy! During a musical career which spans three decades, Steve has established himself as one of Canada's leading musicians and is listed in Canadian Who's Who. A JUNO Award nominee (Canadian Grammy), he has performed in concert with the likes of Larry Coryell, Archie Shepp, Eddie Henderson, Pat Labarbera, James Moody, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Michel Urbaniak, and many others. Steve has 5 albums and 3 singles to his credit, including the recently released "The Dream" - a major departure from his roots. In addition to music, Steve is also a competitive bodybuilder.

Born in Montreal, Steve was a musical prodigy who began to teach himself to play the piano at age four. By age 17, Steve was making a name for himself playing the club circuit. At 22 he finally decided to get a formal music education, and later graduated with distinction as McGill University's first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance. He subsequently became a music instructor at McGill, traveling to New York to study with legendary pianist Kenny Barron. Holt's debut recording in 1983 "The Lion's Eyes" won instant critical acclaim around the world and was nominated for a JUNO in Canada. In subsequent years he established himself as one of Canada's leading pianists, performing with many of the world's greatest musicians.

In 2000 Holt made a dramatic change of musical direction - to adult contemporary pop music. He studied voice with Bill Vincent and emerged in 2002 as a remarkable vocalist and songwriter, releasing his 6th record "The Dream", an AC-AOR album produced by Darius Szczepaniak (Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk). The first single, "We Need You", a plea for peace and tolerance in a troubled world, achieved a great deal of success at radio across Canada. Holt was subsequently awarded an Honorable Mention at the prestigious USA Songwriting Competition.

Drawing on a wealth of musical expertise, life experiences, and spiritual unfolding, Steve's new music is powerful and real. So c'mon... don't be afraid...check out The Dream.

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Cyndy McNeil


Positive & meaningful lyrics along with excellent musicianship - glad I discovered Steve Holt's music! (and I also thank CD Baby for bringing such music to us)
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Marie Frenden

Very Beautiful, Goes Straight To The Heart!
The Dream puts you in a dream state.

When I listened to the CD the beautiful melodies and
orchestrations, instrumentations, vocal and background vocals were calming and put pictures into my mind.

Great Lyrics... Great Music.... Great Rhythms...
Great Sounds...Great Musicianship.

C'EST MAGNIFIQUE!!!
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Dan Brisebois, Canadianbands.com

There really isn't a bad cut on the disc - and several are just plain exceptiona
One of Canada's most acclaimed jazz pianists, Steve Holt has just released his first disc geared for a pop audience. The native of Montreal is a past Juno Award nominee and has recorded four discs prior, building a loyal following on the jazz circuit in Quebec and Ontario - performing both solo and with many of the businesses' best. Steve also has the distinction of being probably Canada's only recording artist to have worked in the stock markets for 15 years, specializing in entertainment and consumer related companies. He gave it up in 1999 after building his own recording studio to fulfill pop music full time.


The result is THE DREAM, which Steve co-produced with Darius Szczepaniak, whose credits include Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk and Jann Arden. Steve assembled a great group of musicians for the recording, utilizing The Sovereign Voice Choir. Rique Franks and Liz Tansey provide the perfect accompaniment with their backing vocals, while drummer Jorn Andersen - noteable for his time in Fludd, one of Canada's most under-rated acts during the 70's keeps a tight backbeat.


One of the first things you can't help but notice is the obvious passion Steve's brought to his latest project. This shouldn't be mistaken as an accomplished musician venturing outside his realm - fact is THE DREAM is one of the most diverse AOR albums I've heard in a very long time. The lead track "Soon" is complete with Sean Baillie's guitar-work that you can't help but think of being 'Santanaesque' - but with Steve's fingerprints on it.


The extraordinary musicianship on the disc will be no surprise to those familiar with Steve. A graduate of McGill University, he holds the distinction of being the first person to hold a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz performance. One of the two covers is the Beatles' "Let It Be". It takes courage to tackle the project of re-doing such a classic and putting your own spin on it. Steve takes on the assignment and passes with flying colours, delivering a haunting rendition. Traffic's "Can't Find My Way Home" is the other non-original - complete with piano solo. Steve's influences seem wide and many. Hints of Winwood, Joel, Marsalis ... they all subtly come to mind while listening to THE DREAM. "We Need You" is indicative of the CD - a very well-thought out arrangement - harmonious and tightly-woven. You can hear Steve pour his heart into the soulful "When", a ballad showcasing his love for the piano. The disc closes with the moody two-part "Surrender", a tender love song that is as good as anything on the airwaves at the moment.


It's obvious THE DREAM is something Steve has wanted to do for a long time. The passion he exhibits to the craft is rare - and a welcome change. There really isn't a bad cut on the disc - and several are just plain exceptional. With a little something for everyone, you'll have your own favourites. Steve describes THE DREAM himself as 'a sleepy giant that slowly took shape'. The beast has been unleashed ... and it's going to quietly make you re-think your views on modern adult pop music.
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