Chad Hollister has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty, and in the fall of 2009 he released Chad Hollister, his fourth CD. The self-titled disc was produced by Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Collective Soul, Shawn Mullins).
In addition to opening for Dylan, Simon, and Petty, Chad Hollister has shared the stage with Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule), every PHISH member, Merl Saunders and Dave Mattacks (Jethro Tull, Paul McCartney, Fairport Convention).
Chad is on the rise, with “Grow,” a song from his Chad Hollister disc, having gotten midway up New Music Weekly magazine’s AC/Hot AC chart soon after its release.
In 2003, Hollister won 1st place in the Billboard Song Contest for “Jesus, Bon Jovi and Tarzan,” a song from his Life CD, which was produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews).
How do you describe your music to people, Chad?
A sweet blend of Dispatch, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started out as a drummer/singer, and then moved to percussion, and then to guitar - writing all along the way. I've played in bands since I was in 8th grade. I always had a passion for music, but it grew once I moved to guitar and started fronting bands focusing on my original music. 6 records (4 official ) later, I am making a living playing music.
I try and top each record I make with better songs and singing and love working with amazing producers as well.(Charlie Midnight, John Alagia, Anthony J. Resta).
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Spend time with my family and rock on a big fat stage where people are paying attention to the music.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Staying up with all the PR that goes with it...sometimes it's draining when I'm trying to focus on being creative and I have to Facebook, Tweet, Myspace, Reverbnation and chadmusicupdate as well as follow my 2 radio campaigns and the upcoming CO tour as well as future shows and tours. I know that's a run on sentence but you get the point.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A rock star!!
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Living in VT makes it possible to make a living and support a family playing music. Friends across the country (NYC, L.A.) have to take side jobs--I have 2 regular weekly gigs which allow me a bit of space to expand on the weekend and take gigs that may not pay as well but are great for exposure. It is also a very environmentally conscious, artistic, progressive community that encourages original art and music.
What other artists out there do you love?
Bret Dennen, Ben Harper, Joshua Redman, Spoon, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Keller Williams, Habib Koite, John Mayer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Suzanne Vega, Eddie Palmieri.
What does your future hold?
Good things. I believe that with persistence and great songs and a solid LIVE show, things are going to happen. I also am a firm believer in positivity and its power.
So, keep your eyes out for Chad Hollister in the near future.