Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London, in a household dominated by music. She gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure. With Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook as her dad, music was always around.
Hollie joined the re-formed Slits and performed on their 2006 EP Revenge of the Killer Slits. She went on to join the band on a six week US tour. Hollie was now an official Slit – Ari referred to her as the 'second singer' – so when it came to record a new Slits album in L.A., Hollie's vocals, keyboards and even her song Cry all featured.
She went on to collaborate with Ian Brown and Jamie T, before starting to work with our very own Mike "Prince Fatty" Pelanconi. Hollie’s passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups formed the basis for her new solo work of self-coined ‘tropical pop’. The two locked themselves in the studio to record her self-titled debut album, released on Mr Bongo in the summer of 2011, followed by a dub version in 2012.
Over the next 3 years Hollie toured extensively including a stellar performance on Later…With Jules Holland, and supporting The Stone Roses at their Heaton Park shows in Manchester. She also recorded her highly anticipated follow-up album, ‘Twice’. Released on Mr Bongo in the spring of 2014, ‘Twice’ was a slice of sophisticated pop, but still stayed true to her reggae roots. The album is another Prince Fatty collaboration project, and garnered both public and critical acclaim. The subsequent album tour saw Hollie play to delighted fans all over the world, including some of the biggest festivals out there, and a debut U.S Tour. The album’s two singles ‘Real Love’ and ‘Postman’ were both play-listed on BBC Radio 2 and picked up thousands of plays across all the key stations.