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LAYONNE HOLMES

 
 

Layonne Holmes is a singer with a rich alto voice and a repertoire that includes funk, soul, jazz, blues and rock & roll. Layonne has stage and studio experience, and continues to broaden her horizons by performing with world-class musicians and adding songwriting to her credentials. This is her story. 


Early Inspirations 
Ask Layonne Holmes why she became a singer and she'll tell you it's in her DNA. Her mother, Delores, was an accomplished performer with a long list of credentials, including having been a backing singer with The Bruce Springsteen Band. 

As a child, Layonne was surrounded by music. Although she received her musical foundation in gospel, she was enthralled by the Jacksons, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, among others. As a teenager, she discovered The Police, which prompted her to explore the sounds of rock and other musical genres. However, it wasn't until she was about 18 that she had an "aha" moment, when she heard famed alto singer, Sarah Vaughan, interpret music in ways Layonne had never before imagined. It was then that Layonne realized that there was a place for alto singers. From that moment, there was never a doubt in Layonne's mind that she would pursue music. 

A studio session that started it all 

When she was 22, Layonne got her first check for session work for E Street Band member, Danny Federici. Her mom told her, "You're a professional now." More session work followed over the years, with Layonne laying tracks for Fernando Saunders of Lou Reed Band, Vini Lopez of Steel Mill, Bill Chinnock, Steve Delopoulos and John DeGrazio of Burlap to Cashmere, Matt O'Ree, and many others. 

Thriving in the spotlight 

Much as she loves studio work, Layonne gets a special rush from the audience/performer dynamic. Her joy for her craft comes through in every live performance. Layonne got her first break singing backup with the band Backwoods and subsequently became a member of Love Among Freaks (of "Clerks" movie fame). Soon after, Layonne, her mom and friend Debbie Vaughn formed RAIN, a group whose sound was an electrifying fusion of soul, jazz, R&B, rock and gospel. Layonne parlayed that experience into a critically acclaimed Grand Ladies of Jazz concert show, which featured songs from Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Nina Simone and formed the basis for her next project, The New Standard. At the same time, Layonne began the 11-piece Motor City Revue, a Motown & Stax tribute band that since its founding in 2011, has built such a strong following that it sells out nearly every performance. Additionally, Layonne is a member of Tim McLoone & The Shirleys, a cover band that performs a mix of jazz, classic rock, and "girl group" pop. Layonne's association with Tim began when she and her mom signed on as volunteers for his non-profit organization Holiday Express, a group that brings music, supplies, financial support and goodwill to those in need. 

Performing in the major leagues 

Layonne has been featured in many Rock 'n' Soul Revues produced by Bob Bandiera, then-touring member of the band Bon Jovi. Her work with Bandiera led to an invitation to be a member of Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia, featuring Jon and several Jersey artists doing covers of famous rock and pop songs, including some of Bon Jovi's own. Throughout her career, Layonne has shared the stage with many music industry luminaries, including Darlene Love, Phoebe Snow, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ben E. King, Leslie Gore, Marc Ribler, Glen Burtnik, and Beth Nielson Chapman. In 2001, Layonne and her mom were selected to back Bruce Springsteen on the internationally-televised "9/11 Tribute to Heroes" telethon and appear on the album of the same name. 

The next chapter 

Layonne continues to stretch her musical muscles, turning her attention to songwriting collaborations with area musicians. Layonne's first published song, "Higher Plane" appeared on the 1999 Love Among Freaks CD, "Representin' Planet Earth". Layonne and the New Standard Jazz Quintet often include some of her more recent compositions in their set list. Layonne's next goal to conquer: recording a solo CD. Based on her successes to date, the CD is bound to be a powerhouse debut and surely will lead to even more "firsts" in the future. 

 

~ by Barbara Willis

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IN THE NEWS 

Jan 18, 2016 Two River Times 

Dec 24, 2015 NJ Arts.com 

Asbury Park Press 2013 Summer Guide! 

June 29, 2012 Asbury Park Press 

Feb 28, 2009 Aquarian 

Oct 31, 2008 Star Ledger 

March 2, 2007 Two River Times 

Feb 20, 2007 Asbury Park Press 


Please listen to my interview with Andrea Tarr of Jersey Coastal Live, click here 

JANUARY 

Jan 12 - Gonzo's Funky Family w/Special Guest Eryn O'ReeMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Jan 25 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 


FEBRUARY 

Feb 2 - Ray Andersen's David Bowie TributeMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Feb 9 - Matt O'Ree BandPollak Theater, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 8pm 
Feb 22 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Feb 23 - Gonzo's Funky FamilyMcLoone's Boathouse, West Orange, NJ, 8:30pm 


MARCH 

Mar 2 - Twilight Concert for Children with AIDS, St. George's Church, Rumson, NJ, 5pm 
Mar 9 - Private Party 
Mar 16 - The Shirleys w/ DARLENE LOVEMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm 
Mar 22 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Mar 23 - The Shirleys, Private Party 
Mar 28 - Motor City RevueCalandra's Mediterranean Grill, Fairfield, NJ, 7pm 


APRIL 

Apr 6 - BethAnne Clayton & The Shirleys McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm 
Apr 12-16 - Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, Runaway Cruise to the Bahamas 
Apr 18 - Eryn + Layonne, Jamian's, Red Bank, NJ, 9pm 

Apr 20 - Matt O'Ree Band, Live CD Release Party, Jamian's, Red Bank, NJ, 2pm 
Apr 26 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Apr 27 - Motor City Revue, HOSA Fund Gala, Jacques Caterers, Middletown, NJ, 7pm


MAY 
 
May 3 - Private Party
May 5 - Matt O'Ree BandRed Bank International Beer Wine & Food Fest, Red Bank, NJ, 3-5pm 

May 9 - The Shirleys, Private Party c
May 11 - The Shirleys Carole King TributeMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm 
May 17 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
May 24 - Private Party 
May 25 - Motor City Revue, Private Party 


JUNE 

Jun 1 - Chris Pinella, Grunin Center for the Arts, 8pm

Jun 7 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Jun 13 - The ShirleysPier Village Boardwalk, Long Branch, NJ, 8:30pm 
Jun 15 - Disco Connection w/Lisa Sherman, Private Party 
Jun 16 - The ShirleysMonmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, NJ, 11:30am-3:30pm 

Jun 21 - Matt O'Ree BandStone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, 10pm 
Jun 27 - Motor City Revue, Downtown Freehold, NJ, 7-9pm 
Jun 29 - 
Gonzo's Funky FamilyMcLoone's Boathouse, West Orange, NJ, 8:30pm 



JULY 

Jul 1 - Motor City Revue, Music Mondays in Springwood Park, Asbury Park, NJ, 6:45pm 

Jul 4 - Motor City RevueOceanFest, Great Lawn, Long Branch, NJ, 7:45pm 
Jul 6 - Disco Connection w/Lisa Sherman, Wonder Bar 
Jul 10 - Layonne Holmes Band, Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange, NJ, 7pm 
Jul 11 - Motor City RevuePier Village Boardwalk, Long Branch, NJ, 8:30pm 

Jul 12 - Gonzo's Funky FamilyMcLoone's Boathouse, West Orange, NJ, 8:30pm 

Jul 13 - Motor City RevueBeneduce Vineyards, Pittstown, NJ, 6-9pm 
Jul 14 - Motor City RevueDuke Island Park, Somerset, NJ, 7pm 

Jul 19 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 
Jul 20 - Motor City RevueExcursion Park, Sea Isle, NJ, 7pm 

Jul 27 - The Shirleys Eagles/Ronstadt TributeMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm 
Jul 28 - The New Standard, Gazebo at Downtown Freehold, NJ, 7-9pm 
Jul 31 - 
Matt O'Ree BandHopewell Theater, Hopewell, NJ, 8pm 



AUGUST 

Aug 2 - Motor City Revue, Private Party 

Aug 3 - Motor City RevueHighlands Clamfest, Highlands, NJ, 6pm 

Aug 6 - The Shirleys, Sea Bright Beach, NJ, 7pm 

Aug 9 - Disco Connection w/Lisa Sherman, Headliner, Neptune, NJ

Aug 13 - Ray Andersen's David Bowie Tribute, Seaside, NJ, 7pm
Aug 14 - The Shirleys, Traders Cove, Brick, NJ, 7pm 

Aug 15 - The New Standard, Jazz in the Park, Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank, NJ, 7-9pm 
Aug 16 - Motor City RevueCrossing Vineyards Winery, Washington Crossing (Newtown), NJ, 7pm 

Aug 17 - The ShirleysMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm 
Aug 18 - Motor City Revue
, Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion, Monmouth Beach, NJ, 7pm 

Aug 21 - Motor City Revue, Traders Cove, Brick, NJ, 7pm 
Aug 22 (RAIN DATE) - Motor City Revue, Traders Cove, Brick, NJ, 7pm 
Aug 26-30 - Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, Runaway Cruise to Spain 


SEPTEMBER 

Sep 4 - Big Joe Henry Variety Show w/ Pat Guadagno, Bob Bandiera & Ricky Collins, Seaside, 7pm 

Sep 5 - The ShirleysPier Village Boardwalk, Long Branch, NJ, 7-8:30pm 

Sep 6 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 

Sep 20 - Gonzo's Funky FamilyMcLoone's Boathouse, West Orange, NJ, 8:30pm 

Sep 21 - Private Party

Sep 27 - The Shirleys Tribute to Carole King & Burt BacharachMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm 

Sep 29 - Bob Bandiera & Friends, Jersey Jam Benefit Concert, Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm
 


OCTOBER 
 

Oct 6 - The Shirleys, Monmouth County Library, Manalapan, NJ, 2-4pm 

Oct 11 - Gonzo's Funky FamilyMcLoone's Boathouse, West Orange, NJ, 8:30pm 

Oct 12 - Motor City Revue, Private Party

Oct 17 - Motor City Revue, Private Party

Oct 18 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 

Oct 25 -  The Shirleys, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 

Oct 27 - NJ Hall of Fame Awards, Paramount Theater, Asbury Park, NJ



NOVEMBER 


Nov 2 - Layonne Holmes Band,  Private Party

Nov 5 - The Shirleys, Private Party

Nov 16 - Private Party

Nov 22 - Motor City RevueMcLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 

Nov 29 - Ray Andersen's David Bowie Tribute, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8:30pm 

 


DECEMBER 

Dec 1 - The Shirleys, Long Branch Tree Lighting, Pier Village Boardwalk, Long Branch, NJ

Dec 7 - Motor City Revue, Private Party

Dec 8 - The Shirleys, Monmouth County Library, Manalapan, NJ, 2-4pm 

Dec 8 - A Very Asbury Holiday Show, Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm

Dec 14 - Motor City RevueDeb's B'day Bash to Benefit Asbury Boardwalk Rescue!, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ, 7pm 

Dec 18 - Private Party

Dec 20 - STAY TUNED

Dec 28 - The Shirleys, Private Party

Dec 31 - STAY TUNED

 

and many more!

 

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