Blessed with both beauty and an angelic voice, Kari Holmes is taking the music scene by storm. Her first single, "Something New," was released to mainstream country radio and instantly made the top 200 on the Music Row chart in Nashville. Her debut single, “More From Me,” hit number 21 on the Inspirational Country Music chart (ICM) in Nashville and she was a top 10 nominee for ICM’s New Artist of the Year. The Music Umbrella (Santa Monica, Ca. based international music consultancy company) has had strong Americana feedback about Kari from industry vets. She recently completed her first radio tour and continues to promote both singles on her debut EP, "Something New." She is currently touring and selling out shows in the Midwest and continues to branch out, while in the studio recording her next EP, which features Nashville recording artist, David Shelby. Kari has shared the stage, opening for acts such as, Pam Tillis, Lori Morgan, Wade Hayes, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Jason Michael Carrol, William Michael Morgan, Canaan Smith, Tucker Beathard, Natalie Stoval, and many others.
Although Kari's sexy innocence and "the girl next door" look stands out, she has a fierce side to her as well that she pulls out in her writing and performances, making her nothing you’ve ever seen and heard before. She pours her heart and soul into everything she does. Whether she’s writing, in the studio, on the road or on stage, her bubbly, friendly, high spirited personality shines.She adds a fresh, new sound to music and is vivacious when she hits the stage. Her passionate lyrics, dynamic sound and high energy gets your heart pumping! Kari Holmes is “Something New” and someone to keep your eye on!
Kari started singing at the age of four. Although no one could understand what she was saying, they knew instantly she had a gift. “I have the greatest family! They have always been so supportive of me, pushing me to better myself." At an early age, she performed in small singing competitions, church and school choirs, and took a love to writing in school. “I remember trying out for Star Search when I was in middle school. Afterwards, when my mom and I were walking back to our car, a lady ran after us with the executive producer’s business card.” When Kari was 17, she taught herself guitar and turned her poems into songs and continued writing new ones. She honed her skills while performing at local coffee shops and venues, where people fell in love with her storytelling and voice. She began writing with others, recording demos and started her own band at 21.
It's no wonder why fans all over the country are falling in love with Kari and what she stands for. In her words, “Writing is how I react to life…good and bad, and with that, I can reach out to others." Performing on stage is the second step to how she reacts to life..leaving everything on that stage. "The one thing that I want people to take away from my shows and music is a feeling. That's what music is all about anyway...to let your emotions take you for a ride. Those are the concerts worth remembering."
Meet The Band:
Lead Guitar: Kerry Adams:
Decades of touring, producing and recording have allowed Kerry to develop a skills mix that is uniquely geared toward supporting a national touring act. Working with hundreds of musicians and songwriters and recording and producing literally dozens of albums in almost every genre of music, Kerry is now bringing those talents to the Kari Holmes project. In six years as Kari's producer and three years as her touring guitarist, they have honed a fine process of arranging, recording and producing her unique songwriting. Kerry is fortunate enough to be able to apply nearly 50 years of music knowledge to her project. The synergy between Kari and her band are producing an amazing catalog of songs that an ever-increasing number of fans can't get enough of!
Acoustic guitar/mandolin/banjo: William Shadrick
William fell in love with country music at a young age. His father brought him up on Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Johnny Cash. Vince Gill and many other classics. At age 16, he started performing in bars and has been part of many country bands and even fronted his own national touring band, "The Modern Day Drifters." He released his album, "Whirlwind of Emotion," which he wrote all 12 songs and co-produced. William continues to write and co-write with artists, including Kari. He brings high energy into Kari Holmes' show by adding poppy "ear candy" on the banjo and mandolin, is part of the arrangements, show production and is due credit for many behind the scene jobs. His skills as a master mechanic also keeps the band safely on the road.
Bass Guitar: Pete Johnson:
Pete brings an exciting edge to the Kari Holmes project by creating driving bass lines,
instinctive harmonies and delivering high energy performances. He play bass, guitar, piano and even
the ukulele. Pete brings professionalism to all areas including assisting with some of the arrangements
and production. Born into a family of talented musicians, it is no surprise how quickly his passion for music and precision
developed. He began studying piano at age 5. With growing interest this was followed by singing and
playing in his church’s praise band, he has also been a member of such groups as Five Rows Back, Stand
Strength Team. He started his own group, BIC, where he wrote music and lyrics, played bass, sang lead
and recorded. He now brings this enthusiasm, dedication and talent to Kari Holmes!
Drums: Takeshi Kato
Born and raised in Japan, Takeshi enrolled in Los Angeles College of Music with “Outstanding Drum Performance Award Scholarship” and graduated with “President’s Honor Roll” in 2016. Some of his performance highlights in Los Angeles include Hotel Cafe (2016-Hollywood, known for Adele, Katy Perry, John Mayor), The MINT (2016-Hollywood, known for Stevie Wonder, Macy Grey, Ray Charles), Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (2017-Beverly Hills , ASCAP+Dreamworks musical), and “Next To Normal” (2017-DTLA, Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize Broadway musical). The musical won “2017 Ovation Award Best Musical” prize by LA Stage Alliance. Besides all his performance and studio work resume, he taught drumming and music theory for two years in Los Angeles including tutoring at LA College of Music. In 2018, as an outside audio engineer at “High-Fi Recording Studio” (Owned by Derek Bell), Takeshi is currently focusing on co-writing/recording/producing his original pop music with a singer/music artist Caitlin McGehee.