Holly+, the AI-generated digital twin of experimental musician Holly Herdon, does a pretty good job singing “Jolene,” Dolly Parton’s country classic.

Along with her partner Mat Dryhurst, Herdon developed Spawn, a singing neural network, for her last album Proto. She released Holly+ (in partnership with Never Before Heard Sounds) to the public last year, allowing anyone to use a model of Holly’s voice on their projects.

Herdon’s release of “Jolene” was created using only AI-generated vocals. Have a listen. If you want to learn more about how it’s done (or if you want to go deeper into the tech), check out Spawning.

In case you’re wondering: I’m not affiliated with this project in any way, but I’m going to reach out to them; I love where this is headed and I’m super curious about it.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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