Bio

Talisha Holmes has been committed to the art form since her first love of choral music and art songs, to jazz (in jazz bands since the age of 15) and soul, blues, folk, rock, house and other popular music. She's been writing and performing as long as she can remember. In recent years, she has opened for/appeared in a variety of performances including: Dwele, John Legend, Angie Stone, Eric Roberson, Donnie, Bobby Valentino, Darien D-Brock Brockington (of Foreign Exchange tour), Rick Ross, Kelly Price, Anthony David, Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton, Styx, Stephanie Mills, members of The Ohio Players, Pharez Whitted, and others. 

Evidence of her love is in her long list of performances - from Chicago's Buddy Guy's Legends, to the Mondsee in Salzburg, Austria. Columbus venues include The Capital Theatre Riffe Center, Brothers Drake, Skully’s Music Diner, The Lincoln Theatre, and countless others (including The Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, The Columbus Arts Festival, ComFest, Hot Times Festival, Creekside Jazz and Blues Fest.) In Nashville, she's performed at the Battleground Smokes and Spirits, Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie, Alley Taps, Amber Falls Winery, Venue 109, Franklin Jazz Festival, Papapalooza Blues Festival, and other stages and events. She's spent some time doing voice-over work, including sessions for Discovery Channel Germany (Life Coach-Stirbspater Lee Langer), Circa Music, Procter & Gamble, United Way, West Virginia SL and Wendy's. 

You can find her performing regularly at Shugga Hi Bakery and Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, and occasionally in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio with local bands The Liquid Crystal Project, Topher James and the Biscuit Brigade, The Musical Masters, The Don Adams Band/Superband, Music City Center for Spiritual Living Band, and many others including her own Talisha Holmes Duo (with Stuart Montez or Kyle Ingram) Talisha Holmes Ensemble. You also may have seen her performing with MOJOFLO, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Evan Oberla Project (EOP), and other local groups. In Nashville, she's worked with many jazz, blues and soul musicians and bands (Don Adam's band, Cojo Ko, Pamela Williams, Paula Atherton, Keith Floyd to name a few.) She has two EPs available: Blue Thought, and Follow. 

​No matter who is on the bandstand, Talisha Holmes is known for giving both an energetic AND intimate show. She specializes in an eclectic fusion of jazz, soul, pop, folk, electro and rock. They love to dive into the music, and allow it to take on the shape of the musicians, the audience, and flow of the show. She also knows how to take things straight ahead in any of those genres.

Photo by Xander Raymond

Talisha Holmes at Brothers Drake Meadery in Columbus, OH.

Photo by Xander Raymond

Talisha Holmes at Brothers Drake Meadery in Columbus, OH.