Music Review: Zandi Holup Shines at Nashville’s ‘The Listening Room’

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NASHVILLE – I recently had the extraordinary opportunity to attend a performance at The Listening Room Cafe, where I was treated to an unforgettable evening featuring the “Next from Nashville” lineup. The showcase was nothing short of exceptional. Amidst this lineup of talent, one performer truly stood out to me … Zandi Holup.

Zandi Holup and the other performers had acoustic guitars in hand and standing microphones as their sole companions, inviting the audience into their world of music with nothing but their instruments and voices, bridging the gap between performer and listener. All the performers sang original music, effortlessly captivating the audience with soul-stirring melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

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Zandi’s profoundly felt vocals carried an aura of authenticity that immediately drew me in. With a style characterized by raw, unfiltered storytelling, Zandi’s music seemed to flow effortlessly from a deep well of personal emotion and introspective thoughts. Each note she sang and every lyric she expressed carried a deep-rooted weight, inviting the audience into her world of genuine disclosure and heartfelt resonance. She seemed to feel every word she sang and as a result the audience felt the emotion, experiencing each song with her on a personal level.

Originally hailing from Pennsylvania and now calling Nashville home, Zandi Holup’s music resonates with the spirit of iconic folk singer-songwriters such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. Her authentic blend of folk country music thrives on storytelling, reminiscent of legends like Dolly Parton, underscored by her emotive vocals.

Recognized as a 2023 “Artist to Watch” by The Nashville Briefing, Zandi Holup has since secured publishing and record deals with Arthouse Entertainment, TurnTable Music – in collaboration with Universal Music Publishing – and Big Loud Records, setting the stage for her forthcoming October 6th release, “Gas Station Flowers.” In the meantime, her single “Wait for You” soared to the top of Spotify’s all-genre Fresh Finds playlist, accumulating over a million streams.

“Rising status” is the key phrase to describe the ascension of Zandi Holup, marked by organic growth and grassroots support. In the the spirit of luminaries like Steve Earle, Amanda Shires and Ann Wilson of Heart … all of with whom Zandi have shared a stage … the spotlight is shining on her.

For more information about Zandi Holup (including her upcoming U.S. Tour Dates), click For more music coverage and concert photos by Music Editor Jeff “Doc” Doles, click here.

Review by: Jeff Doles, Music Editor,
Published by: Patrick McDonald, Site Editor,

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