John Holiday Biography
Born in Houston, Texas as John Thomas Holiday Jr., John Holiday is an associate professor at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music since 2017. He is a professional operatic countertenor and The Voice 2020 contestant.
John Holiday Age
Born on March 31, 1985, Holiday is 35 years old as of 2020. He celebrates his birthday on the 31st of March every year.
John Holiday Education
John studied at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas. Moreover, Holiday has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas (grad.2007), a Master of Music from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (grad.2012), and an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School in New York City(grad. 2018).
John Holiday Family: Parents and Siblings | and Grandmother
Holiday is born to John Holiday Sr. , his father, and Waverly A. Holiday, his mother. His father was a welder whereas his mother was a singer and clarinet player.
John’s grandmother, whom he refers to as “Big Momma,” is named Sandra Mathis Franklin. She has had a big influence on his life and career. “Big Momma “was a choir director at Calvary Missionary Church in Houston, a music minister, and a pianist, and through her, John was able to showcase his talent at the church choir as well as shape his life. Holiday says his grandmother is his biggest supporter and “cheerleader.”
John Holiday Partner| Gay | Husband
Holiday is married to his partner Paul Gater. The two married on February 4, 2013, following almost three years of being engaged.
John has been identifying as gay since he was a teenager. He openly came out when he was 25 years old with the support of his grandmother.
John Holiday Music Opera Career
Holiday is a professional Countertenor and below are some of his works and achievements in his career:
- Holiday collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the La Jolla Music Festival as part of their synergy initiative.
- Reprised the role of First Male Voice in Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted -Art Macau Festival, Shanghai.
- Metropolitan Opera- role in Orfeo ed Euridice
- Lucerne Symphony Orchestra- Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah
- Los Angeles Opera as Orpheus’s Double in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice.
- Ars Lyrica -role debut as Nero in Agrippina
- MasterVoices- Handel’s Israel Egypt at Carnegie Hall
- University Musical Society as the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Ann Arbor
- Opera Philadelphia debut role of John Blue in Daniel Roumain’s We Shall not Be Moved
- Dutch National Opera
- Des Moines Metro Opera role of refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight
- Glimmerglass Festival role in Xerxes-2017
- Boston Baroque role of Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto-2016
- Portland Opera in Galileo Galilei-2013
John has won numerous awards throughout his life/career including:
- 2018 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts honoree (one of the 100 honorees)
- 2017- Marian Anderson Vocal Award
- 2014-Catherine Filene Shouse Career Development Grant from Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
- Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation
- First prize winner from the Richard Tucker Foundation -Sara Tucker Award
- 2013- winner Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition
- 2012- winner Sullivan Foundation
- First place winner at the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal
- 2007- first-place winner in his district of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions
John Holiday The Voice season 19 | Finalist
Holiday is a contestant of The Voice 2020. He auditioned with the song Misty by Etta James. Three of the four judges turned their chairs for his blind audition.
Holiday Fix You Dedication to John Legend
During The Voice 2020 semifinals, Holiday dedicated Coldplay’s Fix You to singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen following the loss of their unborn son back in September 2020. The song brought John Legend to tears.
Who is the winner of The Voice 2020?
Carter Rubin was crowned the winner of The Voice Season 19. He sang his rendition of Miley Cyrus’s The Climb before singing his own original song Up From Here. Carter was team Gwen Stefani and she took it to social media to celebrate and congratulate him.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) December 16, 2020
John Holiday Net worth
Holiday’s estimated net worth is still under review.
John Holiday Youtube | Twitter | Instagram
John has a verified Instagram account with 16.1K followers as of December 9, 2020. His Instagram handle is @johnholidaylive. He so far has made 112 posts.
He also has a Twitter account @johnholidaylive. It has over 2K followers as of December 2020.