Award-winning singer Holly Rey returns to the studio, for another great installment of the #CookALong. The ‘Deeper’ hit-maker was the first woman to win the coveted SAMA Record of the Year award in 20 Years, at the 25th annual South African Music Awards. She is the first woman to win it since Brenda Fassie won Song Of The Year in 1999 for ‘Vuli Ndlela.’ The category is also the only one that is voted for by the public.
“Winning the SAMA feels like a validation of every young South African who has a dream, and especially those young women who hold on to the belief that they can make it, even when facing obstacles.”
The platinum-selling singer and songwriter hails from Durban, she signed her first recording deal at the age of 13 years old. Her sound has been described as Afro-electro house, which has been influenced by her home town. She released her debut album in 2010 which was titled ‘Strawberry Skies’. Her 2018 single ‘Deeper’ is what shot her to superstar status, with the music video accumulating over 5.7 million views on YouTube. As of February 2019, the record went on to be certified.