WORDS & MUSIC
Bill Holland is an award-winning writer, singer-songwriter and recording artist.
Beginning in the '70s, he was a mainstay on the D.C. area music scene, and played most of the major concert and club venues. He shared stages with artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt,, Jeff Beck, Joan Armatrading, Steve Martin, John Lee Hooker, Mose Allison and many more. He has six albums to his credit. Before starting his Rent's Due Band, he was a founding member of still-touring Nighthawks.
As a journalist, beginning in the '80s with the Supreme Court's Betamax decision, he covered the impact of trade, indecency and copyright reform on the music industry as Billboard's Washington Bureau Chief throughout the the difficult transition to digital delivery and rights. He also wrote milestone articles on the struggle for artists' rights.
Bill's writing has brought him many prizes, including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, given for "significant contributions to music journalism." That award is considered the most prestigious in the industry. He has also received several awards for his music from the Washington Area Music Assn. (WAMA).
For four years, he served as an consultant to SoundExchange, the non-profit performing rights group that collects and distributes digital performance royalties for featured artists and copyright owners. He is now a consultant for the AFM/AFTRA Recording Artist Royalty Fund, which collects and distributes royalty money to non-featured artists such as session players and background singers.
Early in his career, he was a reporter and feature writer for the Washington Star. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia. He also published fiction and poetry in many magazines, and received several writing grants.
Bill and his wife are avid home cooks, and he has launched a online vintage cookbook shop at Cookbook Bazaar. His wife led the way with Chez Marianne, an online antiques and collectibles shop at Ruby Lane.