Hollie Steel was born on 1st July, 1998 and she lives in Lancashire with her mum, Nina. Her dad, Jason and her big brother, Joshua both live in London with Hollie whilst she attends her school.
When Hollie was just 4 years old, she caught a severe pneumonia infection which left her in hospital for three months. Fluid filled one of her lungs, and the doctor considered removing it, but Hollie fought back and made a full recovery. Which now means that she only has 1 lung and a half lung.
Hollie attends The Sylvia Young Theatre School, which specialises in drama, singing and dance. She dreams of one day starring in a West End show. In particular, Hollie would love to play the leading lady in the musical “Phantom of the Opera” and “Wicked”.
Hollie had been performing at her local theatre school, Basics Junior Theatre, since she was 5 years old up until she was 12 when she moved to London for training.
Hollie’s first solo performance ever was the song “Do Re Mi” from the sound of music at the age of 5. She showed a great understanding of music with her big brother Josh to lead her. In December 2008, Hollie played Annie at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre with her big brother playing Daddy Warbucks.
Hollie first came to the attention of the UK, and indeed the world, when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in April 2009. In her first audition, Hollie sang “I Could Have Danced All Night” from the musical, My Fair Lady. The main judge on the show, Simon Cowell, reached out for his buzzer, thinking that Hollie was just another little girl who wanted to be a ballerina, when he stopped mid way as Hollie started to sing.
Hollie’s voice was surprisingly strong and mature, and she received a standing ovation from all four judges and the audience.
Piers Morgan said: “We have seen a lot of children on our show over he past three series and I have never heard any of them sing as well as you do.”
Kelly Brook was moved to tears and called Hollie’s performance: “Beautiful and lovely”.
More than thirteen million viewers in the UK watched Hollie’s performance, and within one day of her performance being posted on YouTube, it had been watched by millions of people worldwide.
Hollie was interviewed on TV in the US via a satellite link on NBC’s today show.
Hollie gained many fans and new friends in such a short time, the process was over night! Just little old Hollie was now big Hollie!
In the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent, nerves,pressure and all the ‘new’ things affected Hollie and she forgot the words to the song she was singing, Edelweiss. Fortunately, Hollie was allowed to perform the song again, and this time she sang it perfectly, and left everyone impressed by her beautiful voice, bravery and determination.
Piers Morgan described Hollie’s recovery as: “One of the gutsiest things I’ve ever seen in my life” and Hollie was chosen by the three judges (Kelly Brook was no longer on the judging panel) to go forward to the final of the competition.
During the final, Hollie sang “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, another classic musical song, this time from Phantom of the Opera. Hollie displayed none of the nerves she had suffered from in the semi-final and her performance was stunning. Her big turn around was great and inspired so many people.
Simon Cowell said to Hollie: “You were fantastic. You’ve put yourself back in the competition, not through pity, but through talent. Well done!”
From 12th June until 5th July 2009, Hollie appeared in Britain’s Got Talent – The Live Tour 2009 along with the other finalists from the show, becoming firm friends with Sallie Lax of 2Grand along the way. Hollie was on tour in Belfast when she celebrated her 11th birthday. It was a very special moment for Hollie when the audience of 7000 people all sang Happy Birthday to her.
Since Britain’s Got Talent finished, Hollie has been incredibly busy. In September 2009, she started work on her album, laying down tracks at the Ace Centre in Nelson, Lancashire. It was later on released 24th May in 2010. Hollie’s album launch took place at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre in London on Wednesday 19th May, 2010, where a total of 100 guests, including the National Press, will watch Hollie perform songs from her album. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Jessie J and other famous artists had performed here.
Hollie has also performed in venues across the globe, including once in Bali and three times in Hong Kong, the second occasion being at the prestigious JSG Top 10 Awards Show where Hollie once again stunned the audience with her captivating performance of Edelweiss. In December of 2010 Hollie’s most wonderful experience was when she performed in the Carnegie Hall in NewYork. Hollie has also performed at many charity events.
In 2011 Hollie was cast into the UK cast of ‘The Sound of Music’ at the age of 12. She toured round the UK for 6 months with the company playing the part of Louisa. Hollie loved the experience and gained lots of insights to the musical world.
Throughout 2011-2012 Hollie was filming for a TV programme called ‘Children on the Titanic’ the contract included her recording a whole new album for it. Now with 8 albums and singles available this was Hollie’s 5th Album.
At Christmas 2012 Hollie’s latest single was released. Composed by Romina Arena and Hollie together ‘Fly’ was a hit! It reached number 20 in the Germany charts on Amazon. And passed the top 100 in lots of other countries. It had airplay on ClassicFM and other radio stations and left many people feeling inspired after all who doesn’t want to fly?
At present Hollie is now working on her Christmas single and future album.
With over 75 million collected youtube views and thousands of fans this young lady is a phenomenon and is still progressing.