The Holly Gleason Trio is a folk rock/Americana band made up of Holly on vocals and acoustic guitar, JD Berlingeri on upright bass and “Dr J” (Jeffrey Judkins) on mandolin and electric guitar. Performing a quirky repertoire of Holly’s original tunes, eclectic covers, plus a dash of classical, gypsy jazz & blues here and there make this spicy little trio unpredictable and full of foot-stomping, dance-worthy moments interspersed with heart-melting ballads.
The trio met at Jacksonville’s Boomtown Saloon open mic and have been playing the Southern Oregon live music circuit since 2018. The band recently recorded a single track “Getting Better” with Brett Levick studios and are in process of recording their first album. Holly’s solo album “Light Show” is available on iTunes and Spotify (or ask Alexa to play Holly Gleason!) and her self-produced debut EP “Miracle Mile” was released under the moniker Sister Uprising in 2012 featuring Parliament-Funkadelic member Ricky Rouse’s electric guitar on the celebrated track “Ganja Time.” Holly was featured in Southern Oregon Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue “Women That Rock: Leading Ladies We Love.”
Holly is a singer-songwriter from Monterey, CA. As a young adult she sang at Carnegie Hall under world-renown conductor John Rutter and performed in Pebble Beach for a special concert given by Luciano Pavarotti. After attending the University of Southern California as a theater major she worked in Hollywood as an actress for a few years appearing on General Hospital, the MTV comedy pilot “Crashers” and in several national commercials. Disenchanted with the industry, Holly traveled Europe in the spring of 2003. Moved by southern Europe’s awe-inspiring architectural beauty doused with “PACE” signs hanging from countless windows, Holly found her voice as a composer for world peace and began a prolific decade of non-stop songwriting. Inspired to take up guitar by a live performance by Janis Ian, Holly emerged onto the LA club scene singing an eclectic mix of songs from folk to pop ballads to blues. She moved to Jacksonville in 2015 and is currently working on two distinct albums: one expressing her folky side as "Holly and the Healers," and one exploring her alt-rock roots as "Sister Uprising."