Over the years, Gwen has fronted several pop/rock, blues and country/Americana bands. In 2012, she played sax/keys with Darko Blo, opening for Bush and Candlebox. That year she also sang backup for Nashville's Markey Blue and Nick Nixon (ex-Platters). In 2009, she toured with The Rhythm Angels as a percussionist, harmonica player and background vocalist, who opened for Jessi Colter. As a bassist/back-up singer, she toured the Southeast with '80s cover band Kung Pow in the early 2000s. As a bassist/backup singer, she also performed with blues/rock club icons The Vaqueros in Vancouver, Canada, in the ‘90s, where she regularly shared the stage with rock stars such as Matt Frenette from Loverboy and Pat Steward, Bryan Adams’ touring drummer. She also played bass for Kathi McDonald (former backup singer for The Rolling Stones (Exile on Main St. album) and Ike & Tina Turner).
While living in Vancouver in the ‘90s, Gwen won the KISS FM lyric writing contest. She also starred in an award-winning TV commercial for Larrivee guitars that was in heavy rotation for two years on multiple networks. Company sales doubled during the advertising campaign, and for two months they received 4,000 faxes a day requesting her identity. While in Vancouver, Gwen also wrote, played guitar and sang backup for Kelli Brock (BCCMA country vocalist of the year) in a duo called Juliet & Juliet.
multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, writes, records, and performs guitar-based pop/rock (Sister Gypsy and The Pirates of Time), piano-based pop (The Gwen Holt Group), and world music (Mark Wray's Mystery School). She's currently recording albums with all three projects. Originally from Canada, she has called Nashville, TN, her home since 1999.
Gwen is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she attended on a partial scholarship. In addition to performing, writing, and recording, Gwen is a private music teacher. Inspired by her first piano teacher, Judy Whiffin, Gwen endeavors to pay the kindness, patience and passion for great songs forward to her own students.
Over a dozen of her songs have been recorded by independent artists. She co-wrote the theme song for the Canadian TV show "Powerplay" and her jingles have received heavy rotation on Nashville radio.