John Holiday | Photo by Fay Fox

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One of the most versatile singers in the business, countertenor John Holiday moves effortlessly between the worlds of opera, jazz, and African-American spirituals. The John Holiday Experience: Love and Happiness on stage this Friday at The Sorting Room @ The Wallis is a celebration of Holiday’s artistry in all of these styles of music. Holiday stopped by the KUSC studios and spoke with me about crossing musical boundaries, his musical heroes like mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and countertenor Derek Lee Ragin, diversity in opera, and the inexhaustible source of positive energy he exudes.

John Holiday with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen

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