Published on November 18th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Legendary Songwriter Holly Knight On “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” & Upcoming Projects

There is no doubt in my mind that you are very familiar with the music of Holly Knight. After leaving the band Spider, she would go on to write or co-write tons of pop and rock classics. This long list of radio and MTV staples includes Pat Benatar’s “Love Is A Battlefield,” Tina Turner’s “The Best” and Scandal’s “The Warrior,” beyond songs recorded by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, KISS, Heart, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, G-Eazy, Elvira, Shawn Colvin, Less Than Jake, Otep, and Cheap Trick.

Speaking of Tina Turner, 3 of the songs which Holly Knight wrote for Turner are featured in the recently-premiered Broadway production of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Meanwhile, Knight — Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee — has a musical of her own in the works, a memoir and a screenplay. The New York native is also an accomplished photographer, as showcased on her website, making it apparent that she has been flexing her creative muscles more days than not.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Holly Knight by phone on November 11, 2019 about Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, her forthcoming projects, finding success as a songwriter, the role that producer Mike Chapman played on her career and more. Additional info on Knight’s various projects can be found online by visiting and/or following her via

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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