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About Me.

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



Aug 3, 2023  Vocalist, Layonne Holmes, shares her musical journey - SoundCloud

Nov 23, 2021 Asbury Park Press


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Dec 10, 2019 Asbury Park Press


Dec 3, 2019 Instinct Magazine

Jan 18, 2016 Two River Times 

Dec 24, 2015 NJ 

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 







Jan 26 - Ray Andersen's Bowie & Beyond Tribute, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ, 9pm


Feb 10 - Matt O'Ree Band, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ, 9pm

Feb 16 - The Shirleys, Tim McLoone's 76th B'day Bash, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm

Feb 23 - Ray Andersen's Press Play, Salty's, Lake Como, NJ, 8pm


Mar 2 - Motor City Revue, Sanctuary House Benefit Gala, Greensboro, NC, 8pm



Apr 6 - Matt O'Ree Band, Leestavall LIVE-to-VINYL Recording, Brooklyn, NY

Apr 12 - Darlene Love, Patchogue Theater, Long Island, NY

Apr 14 - Darlene Love, Bergen PAC, Bergen, NJ

Apr 19 - Ray Andersen's Bowie & Beyond Tribute, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm

Apr 20 - The Disco Connection, The Vogel, Red Bank, NJ, 8pm


May 3 - Motor City Revue, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm

May 9 - Motor City Revue, Fulfill Shore to Rock Hunger 2024, Baseline Social, Oceanport, NJ, 6pm

May 10 - Motor City Revue, Teddy B. Fundraiser, Martell's, Pt. Pleasant, NJ, 7-11pm

May 17 - Darlene Love, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, PA

May 18 - Duo w/Ray Andersen, McLoone's Boathouse, S. Orange, NJ, 8pm

May 19 - Mark Conklin, The Gospel According to Mark - Album Release Performance and Party! Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 3-6pm

May 24 - Matt O'Ree Band, Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ, 8pm

May 31 - Trio w/Ray Andersen & Reagan RIchards, Pride in the Park, 6-8pm, Alan M. Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ


Jun 13 - The Shirleys, Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ, 7-8:30pm 

Jun 14 - Pat Roddy Band, Private Party

Jun 15 - Private Party

Jun 22 - Private Party

Jun 26 - Motor City Revue, Private Party

Jun 26 - The Shirleys, McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ, 8pm

Jun 27 - Motor City Revue, Pier Village Boardwalk, Long Branch, NJ, 7-8:30pm 


Jul 4 - Darlene Love, Hatch Shell, Boston, MA

Jul 13- Matt O'Ree Band, Sourland Music Fest, NJ, pm

Jul 26 - Motor City Revue, Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, NJ, 7:30-9pm 

Jul 27 - Matt O'Ree Band, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ, 9pm


Aug 8 - Motor City Revue, Crane Park Gazebo, West Caldwell, NJ, 7:30-9pm 



Sep 8 - Ray Andersen's Press Play, Casino Pier, Seaside Beach, NJ, 7pm

Sep 11 - Motor City Revue, Downtown Freehold, NJ, 7-9pmS

Sep 25 - The Disco Connection, Private Party

Sep 28 - Motor City Revue, Edison Family Street Fair, Edison, NJ, 3-4:30pm

Sep 28 - Motor City Revue, Private Party



Nov 7 - Motor City Revue, Orion Communities Gala, Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA




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