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December 8, 2017






The essence of TPO is really based on the happenstance of Holly and Rich meeting.  Each of them has long musical pasts from different parts of the country, in various formats, but primarily have been solo artists.  Thus, the name was born, indicating that neither of them is going it alone, forging something together that they believe in.

Rich Militello started playing piano when he was seven. From an early age, there was always a song in his head.  He performed in musicals, sang in his first band (badly) when he was 16–but did not truly get the bug until he was in his early 20’s, when he picked up his first guitar and started taking lessons in Kenmore, NY.

Time passed, and despite taking to the guitar quickly, he lost the battle of wills; that is, he wanted to be Joe Satriani, but ended up being the songwriter and frontman of his band, Prayers for Rain.

Through the 90’s he played guitar for many different artists, opened for many national acts, worked concert production, toured regionally, made records, published–played good gigs and bad–always learning lessons and cultivating his writing.  Then, quite suddenly, he left it with little fanfare, but always with an eye on maybe returning to music.

After ten years off, he’s emerged again with a new passion for music, 20 new songs, 115-degree heat, and a great musical partner in Holly.

Holly Kirsten started to sing when she drew breath; not really, but at a young age she began to find her voice.  Her father, Carl, has been a musician all of his life, so his daughter followed in his footsteps.

A mainstay around Phoenix (with time in Colorado) for ten years, she continues to entertain with TPO, her solo acoustic gig, her new cover duo with Rich, as well as corporate events and weddings.  Along the way, she made a stop in Australia, where she toured venues and radio stations on a concert circuit.

She studied voice at NAU in Flagstaff, plays guitar, piano and is a songwriter where she lends her considerable talents in sculpting TPO’s first 13 song record, due out in 2017.


Important Information about your visit to The Listening Room Phoenix
The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music Some performances are ticketed and some are donation-based where participating audiences are encouraged to make at least a $20 donation to the artist and venue. This will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.

The Listening Room Phoenix shares its home with Mazvo Auto Car Care Center on 7th Street south of the traffic light at E. Highland Rd., tucked away from the street at 4614 N 7th Street, Phoenix 85014. Additional parking is available on E. Meadowbrook Road, only steps from The Listening Room Phoenix.