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Holly Sherwood is an American rock vocalist best known for her work with producer/rock composer Jim Steinman, providing both lead and backing vocals. Her voice is very distinctive of having an incredible operatic range and being somewhat husky.
Holly was a child actor at an early age on Broadway, with leading roles. She worked with Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers, Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Beside her work with Steinman, she has recorded backing vocals for Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, as well as performed with Joe Cocker and Arlo Guthrie.
In 1983, she performed backup vocals for Bonnie Tyler on the Jim Steinman produced album Faster Than the Speed of Night. Beside the background vocals for other songs on the album, she performed the vocal wail at the end of the title song, which is a true testament of her vocal capacity.
She sang with Bat Out of Hell veteran Rory Dodd in the fake band Fire Inc. that was put together by Jim Steinman for two songs in the "Rock & Roll Fable" movie Streets of Fire. Her performance for the two songs Nowhere Fast and Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young were dubbed in the movie by Diane Lane. These two songs never achieved any significant commercial success, although, like much of Steinman's output, it does not reflect upon its quality.
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