Mel Holder"I have been preforming exclusively on Cannonball Saxophones for several years. My realization is that these instruments are more than just saxophones. They are an expressive musical tool, which stimulates the highest level of creativity with an impeccable level of accuracy." ~ Mel Holder
Smooth jazz and gospel saxophonist known for incorporating African and Caribbean rhythms into his uplifting sound.
BioNew York-based saxophonist Mel Holder makes uplifting contemporary gospel-jazz that also finds him weaving in R&B, African, and Caribbean sounds. Born in Queens, New York to a family of Panamanian descent, Holder overcame asthma in his youth to pursue his dream of playing the saxophone. A Christian artist, Holder has released several spiritually inclined albums including Now & Forever (1999), Gift So Special (2005), and the Stellar Award-nominated Music Book, Vol. 1 (2008). In 2015, Holder's follow-up, Back to Basics: Music Book, Vol. II, charted in the Top 20 of both the Billboard gospel and jazz albums charts.
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