“Buddy Holly was one of music’s true pioneers. His unique style and all-around talent as a songwriter, performer and producer is still a major influence on today’s music. He was committed to controlling his own artistry and to helping other young musicians do the same. We are thrilled that SHOF recognizes that same spirit in the next generation of songwriters.” says Jennifer Cohen, Managing Partner of Songmasters.
In presenting this year’s Holly Prize to Kendra Morris on June 14, 2011, Regan McCarthy, Senior Partner of Songmasters, said that “the directness, clarity and emotional truthfulness of Kendra’s lyrics, her amazing vocals, and her guitar mastery root her deeply in Holly’s musical lineage. They also make her, like Holly, a formidable talent.”
The Holly Prize was inaugurated in 2009, in conjunction with the announcement of Listen to Me™, Songmasters’ industry-wide, multi-media celebration of the True. Great. Original.™ artists of contemporary music recorded in their own styles by some of today’s leading performers in order to raise substantial support for the next generation of great music makers and entrepreneurs. Through this program, Songmasters will make direct grants to various industry charities – The Grammy Foundation, Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and Artists House – whose programs support the development of exceptional musical talent.