Chicago Blues/R&B diva to bring her feisty style to Chicago Blues Fest and beyond

Combining sassiness with sexiness and fiery vocals, Chicago blues/R&B veteran Holle Thee Maxwell commands a stage in her own unique style. Maxwell has been a strong force in the blues over the years.  She recorded singles under the name “Holly Maxwell” in the 1960s and 1970s for the record labels Constellation, Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records, Smit-Whit, and Star. Her songs, such as “Only When You’re Lonely," “One Thin Dime," “Never Love Again," “Suffer," and “Philly Barracuda” were regional hits across the country.

She has a long musical resume, which includes working with critically acclaimed jazz musician Jimmy Smith and musicians like The Temptations, Johnny Taylor, The Spinners, The Dells and Fred Williamson, and replacing Tina Turner in Ike Turner’s band.

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Featured Interview – Holle Thee Maxwell by Terry Mullins

Chicago blueswomen-supreme Holle THEE Maxwell has never lacked in confidence, nor has she ever had to beg for attention. Her immense vocals talents and the passion and energy she has stormed the stage with for well over six decades now have seen to that. Her nomination for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Chicago Music Awards further confirms this.

But as outstanding as Maxwell’s voracious vocals continue to be, there was a time when her concert attire might have easily matched her larger-than-life personality.

“I wore an outfit that looked like (big) grapes covering my body. The material was net and was the same color as my skin, so it looked like I was naked under the grapes. I had no problem going on stage like that over in France. I was in absolute heaven like that,” Maxwell said.

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Holle Thee Maxwell: Thee Black Blonde Bombshell

Holle THEE Maxwell was born as HOLLE THEE MARCLA RODE MAXWELL. She recorded singles under the name “Holly Maxwell” in the 1960s-1970s for the record labels Constellation, (Curtis Mayfield’s) Curtom Records, Smit-Whit, and Star. Her songs “Only When You’re Lonely”, “One Thin Dime”, “Never Love Again”, “Suffer”, and “Philly Barracuda” were regional hits across the country. Today, her singles are sought by collectors across the world, especially in Europe where they call her sound “Northern Soul”.

Holle THEE sang her first song professionally at the age of 5, studied classical voice and piano at the age of 9, and graduated with degrees from both The Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and The Julliard School in New York City.

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KJazz Radio UK Interviews Holle Thee Maxwell

KJAZZ Radio UK is delighted to have as part of its family of musicians the soul/blues singing Diva -Holle Thee Maxwell. Holle THEE Maxwell was born on October 17, 1945 as HOLLE THEE MARCLA RODE’ MAXWELL. She recorded singles under the name “Holly Maxwell” in the 1960s-1970s for the record labels Constellation, Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records, Smit-Whit, and Star. Her songs such as “Only When You’re Lonely”, “One Thin Dime”, “Never Love Again”, “Suffer”, “Philly Barracuda” were regional hits across the USA.

Holle sang her first song professionally at the age of 5, studied classical voice and piano at the age of 9, and graduated with degrees from both The Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and The Julliard School in New York City.

Holle is an accomplished songwriter as well as an incredible singer. Blues superstar, Bobby “Blue” Bland covered one of her songs on his critically acclaimed album Come Fly With Me.

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