Bel Holiday: if you don't know her, you will soon.
Her single, Mama Mountains, off of her upcoming album, Mess of A Mind (to be released on February 12th, 2021), is a breath of fresh air at a time where the world needs an artist like her. In a song where she liberates herself from any expectation of perfection, she shines through stellar vocals and poignant, poetic, yet accessible lyrics.
The skill Holiday exhibits vocally is equally matched to her lyricism. Mama Mountains, inspired by a spiritually awakening hike, paints a beautiful picture of keeping the faith in one's journey. Her vocal styling is very unique, and the way she sings her verses as if she is climbing up and down scales is genius as it paints a physical picture of both the struggles and triumphs of healing. As the second verse hits, Holiday shifts from detailing a spiritual experience to a plea, her vocals becoming more intense and compelling, closing out the verse with a powerful "mama mountains/sense me/feel me". Combining acid rock, avante garde jazz, and dream pop sounds daunting, but she has done it so well. With the story-telling ability of the greats like Joni Mitchell and a voice that is in a league of its own, Bel Holiday is a force of nature.
(And she will be blowing everyone away on the newest season of American Idol, airing February 14th, 2021)