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Layonne Holmes

Motown Band from Keyport, NJ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$700 - $7000 per job
Layonne Holmes is a vocalist with range from funk and soul, to jazz and blues and rock and roll. With family gospel groundwork, Layonne has continually pursued her love of all genres. She has stage and studio experience and continues to broaden her horizons by working with a variety of talented musicians. "I always try to challenge myself and continue to learn more and more."

Layonne has been doing just that with her own band, RAIN, which has been playing the New Jersey circuit for the past 5 years. A female-fronted band including Layonne's mother, former Springsteen backing vocalist Delores Holmes, and Debbie Vaughn, RAIN is a fusion of soul, jazz, R&B, rock and gospel. The Monmouth County-based group consistently pleases varied audiences and venues with classic material from Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sade, James Taylor, The Doobie Brothers and newer artists such as India Arie, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others. Layonne's originals are woven into this tapestry of revisioned classics. RAIN is made up of seasoned musicians with extensive experience in premier jazz festivals, stages and sessions, adding solid musicianship and great grooves.

Layonne also has a diverse solo career, performing a wide range of material with Bob Bandiera's Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue concerts at the Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ), the State Theatre (New Brunswick, NJ) and the State Theater (Easton, PA), with a long, impressive list of musical talent.

In addition she performs music made famous by some of the greatest vocalists ever to grace the stage. This Tribute to the Grand Ladies of Jazz, performed with the eclectic Gerald Carboy Jazz Ensemble, honors Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone and is quickly gaining recognition from jazz lovers seeking a classic performance of songs from the American Songbook.

Layonne and her mother can also be found singing a wide range of popular music with Tim McLoone & The Shirleys, as well as singing and volunteering with Holiday Express, the Jersey Shore-based non-profit that brings music, supplies, financial support and goodwill to those in great need.

Layonne's voice is smoky and soulful, mature and compelling. She recognizes the importance of music that tells a story, heals, uplifts and focuses on the positive. As a songwriter (ASCAP) you'll find these themes in her lyrics.

She is also an experienced studio session singer, having laid tracks for Fernando Saunders of Lou Reed Band, Vini Lopez of Steel Mill, The late Danny Federici and Bill Chinnock, Steve Delopoulos and John DeGrazio of Burlap to Cashmere, Matt O'Ree, The Soul Project, and many others. Layonne was also a member of Love Among Freaks (of Clerks movie fame) and sang on the band's full-length album. She and her mother backed Bruce Springsteen on the internationally-televised 9/11 Tribute to Heroes Telethon and appear on the album of the same name.

This combined history has allowed Layonne to share the stage with Darlene Love, Beth Nielson Chapman, Phoebe Snow, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, and Gary US Bonds, among others.

Live stage and studio experience, sweet and soulful, gritty and powerful, remembering the past and looking to the future: all a part of Layonne Holmes.
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Amazing! The best part of the wedding without question.

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2010
Jun
11
The Shirleys CAROLE KING TAPESTRY Show, McLoone's SupperClub
Asbury Park, NJ
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2010
Apr
24
The Shirleys, McLoone's Supper Club
Asbury Park, NJ
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2010
Apr
10
Gonzo's Funky Family, Giamano's Upstairs lounge
Bradley Beach, NJ
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2010
Mar
20
The Shirleys, McLoone's Supper Club
Asbury Park, NJ
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
2010
Mar
12
Jazz Ladies Tribute, McLoone's Supper Club
Asbury Park, NJ
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2010
Feb
27
The Shirleys, McLoone's Rum Runner
Rumson, NJ
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Amazing Grace
Gospel
At Last
Etta James
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
Can't Hurry Love
The Supremes
Dancing in the Street
Martha & the Vandellas
Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
Stevie Wonder
Feel Like Makin' Love
Roberta Flack
Hang On To Your Love
Sade
I Wish
Stevie Wonder
In Your Eyes
Jeffrey Gaines/Peter Gabriel
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Layonne Holmes will also travel to Summit, Whippany, Cliffwood, Hazlet, Avenel, Matawan, Holmdel, Keansburg, Orange, Westfield, East Orange, Plainfield, Pleasantville, Port Monmouth, South Amboy, West Caldwell, Convent Station, Elizabeth, Middletown, Morristown, Newark, Parlin, Staten Island, Belford, Lyons, Perth Amboy, Brookside, Keasbey, Leonardo, Morganville.
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