The full title of this album is The Dawn Chorus by Michael Holt and The Kids. The Kids are the band I formed with Ron Sexmith's drummer and bassist Don Kerr and Peter Murray, and guitarist David Celia, just after I moved to Toronto. Twenty-two other great musicians join this core group to make an album of which I'm truly proud. Here's a little biography for me . . . After his first band regularly packed New York's legendary CBGB in the mid 80's, Holt began releasing solo albums with friends from The Lounge Lizards, They Might Be Giants, Lisa Loeb and others. In 1992 he moved to San Francisco to join The Mommyheads, who toured extensively, achieving cult status throughout North America and releasing several albums, including one on Geffen produced by Don Was. In 1999 Holt moved to Toronto, collaborating with such artists as Ron Sexsmith, releasing more solo albums, and doing a split CD with indie buzz-band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. He has also toured Europe with Toronto songwriter David Celia and with SF based improv group Mushroom. PRAISE FOR MICHAEL HOLT "Michael's Scriabin-influenced piano playing is so exciting, I can't get enough of it." Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy/Arcade Fire) 'Mike Holt is a genius. He knows it, I know it and so should everyone. Get his music.' David Celia, Toronto songwriter 'Michael Holt writes an all-too-rare kind of music, in which sophistication is in the service of emotion. His personal, powerful songs are really smart, but you realize that only after you first experience them as intimate, direct, and deeply meaningful." David Garland, WNYC, America's most-listened-to public radio station 'Michael, you are the best...you are one of my few heroes on the planet. You had a huge influence on me! I hope you know that.' John Vanderslice 'Michael Holt is a diamond among too many rhinestones. He brings empathy, ingenuity and raw dignity to his lexicon of heartfelt songs.' Bob Wiseman, Toronto songwriter 'It's a powerful gift Holt is using, and he wields it well.' thefourfour.com, Springfield Missouri's Music Blog PREVIOUS ALBUMS PRAISE FOR WINDOWS (last album) 'This is a high achievement.' Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields), New York City 'Album Of The Week...sublime...surreal...lovely' WNYC's Soundcheck 'Sophisticated, Beatlesque melodies and harmonies make Windows a compelling listen...dark, whimsical, captivating...expert, creative pop...Three listens and you'll be hooked.' **** (4 stars) -- Toronto Eye Weekly 'All the Michaels in the World...is one of the best songs you will ever hear...The album opens intriguingly with a reflective piece by composer Alexander Scriabin (think Satie), morphs into a full band pop song, and several more, all charming and youthful in a Beatlesy way...Let's face it; Michael Holt is a musical charmer.' showtimemagazine.ca 'A sublime record that mixes musical influences including but not limited to the Beatles, Dylan, Ravel, Ron Sexsmith...inspiring...gorgeous...haunting' CJN 'Michael Holt deserves all the press he can muster. His new record, a spilt CD with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, recalls early Big Star with his quavering vocals and sweet pop timing.' Craig Bonnell, songs: Illinois 'Pilot Single...recalls the classic '70s work of Todd Rundgren...The list of guest stars is impressive, and the rich variety of the arrangements and production...'If I Just Open Up My Mouth' is a power pop knockout, sounding like prime Paul McCartney backed by classic-era Squeeze' mp3.com "It was certainly a surprise to find out that Michael Holt was a member of both the great improv funk-jazz outfit, Mushroom, and the stellar art-pop band the Mommyheads. Making it less surprising to find that this adventurous composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has released an excellent album of crafted pop songs under his own name in 2003." Ian Danzig, owner and publisher, Exclaim! (Canada's foremmost music paper) 'Michael was the keyboard player in The Mommyheads and now releases sublime solo records. Pilot Single is a full-blown band affair with some divine power-pop nuggets. I'm Here With You is a lovely Pink Moonesque collection of bare-bones guitar and voice lullabies.' Luke Jackson, Popsicle.