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“My family is out of control as far as talent is concerned,” says Holloway. She says the story of her mother turning down a recording contract isn’t a big deal in her family. “We are such multi-faceted people that it’s hard to have something like that be bigger than our personalities,” she says. Then she laughs. “I like the story because it’s cute that she was like Kalamazoo’s ‘songstress.’ As far as a legacy is concerned, I do something similar to what she did when she was my age. We bought Stevie Wonder’s album Songs in the Key of Life 40 years apart, but we listen to it and sing the same parts.” After graduating from WMU in 2012, Holloway played music locally for a year. Then she visited her sister, Adrienne, who was living in Dubai and performing as a hobby. Holloway stayed for nine months, playing at RitzCarltons and Waldorf Astorias. She played on a beach during engagement ceremonies, at Mitsubishi and F1 Nascar events, and even at Taste of Dubai with her sister, all while writing her album in her bedroom during the day. The Palace & The Hut takes its title from the Kahlil Gibran parable of the same name, about two very different experiences of wealth and satisfaction.

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The Nashon Holloway Band from left: Neal Conway, bass; Mike Porter, drums; Nashon Halloway, vocals and guitar; Keith Hall, drums; Bryan Blowers, guitar; and Rufus Ferguson, piano.

See Nashon Holloway perform • 3:30 p.m. March 4, Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose St. • 9 p.m. April 22, Union Cabaret & Grille, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall

• 7-9 p.m., June 13, Fennville Summer Concert Series, Memorial Park, downtown Fennville

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