Last week I was introduced to young singer-songwriter Olivia. With a vocal tone that has been likened to Colbie Callait and Norah Jones, she recently released her new single Outshine the Stars. I asked the up-and-coming star a few questions about music and what it’s like starting your career in the music industry.
1. Firstly, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions! For readers who may be new to your music, can you tell us a bit about your sound and inspirations?
Thank you so much for the interview! I love all kinds of music. We listen to a lot of music at home, and in my family we all have different tastes, so there have been a lot of different musical influences for me growing up, including country, jazz, and even French music (my dad is from France). The genre I relate to most is pop, but I find my inspirations from all kinds of artists like Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, James Bay, Coldplay, and Ed Sheeran. I love their music for different reasons. I especially love the way Ed Sheeran is a story teller. Each song is a story from beginning to end and I think I try to write my music in that way as well.
2. Your latest single ‘Outshine the Stars’ has quite an uplifting message. What inspires you to keep striving for excellence?
I have the best team around me, who are all so talented and teach me that everything I do has to be done to the best of my ability, and that I should not do things half way. So I try to keep that in mind whether I am song writing, doing a cover, or performing. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such a creative team, who take music seriously and are very passionate. They make me passionate about music, and I think that is reflected in my songs. I am super proud of my new single, Outshine the Stars, and the message it communicates. We all struggle with different things in our lives. I want people to know that life is not always easy, that there is hope, and no one is alone, and everyone is beautiful, even if it does not always feel that way. So no matter who puts you down, breaks your heart, and makes you think you are forgotten, there is always someone out there who thinks you are perfect and beautiful just as you are. So the best you can do is love yourself!
3. I noticed from the bio on you website that you’ve been composing for a couple years now. Do you find your music reflects your life/moods at the time, or can you write from any perspective?
I definitely think that my writing reflects things that are going on in my life. As I am growing up, I think I definitely write from my perspective on what is happening to me, or the mood I am in, or even what I see going on around me. I am still pretty young and so my perspective is relative to my age, but I do think that I can relate to what others may be going through, even if I have not yet experience some of the things that I am writing about. I do a lot of co-writing, and that for sure helps me see things from other people’s points of view.
4. Your vocal timbre has been compared to Norah Jones and Colbie Callait, do you sometimes find it difficult to make your music stand-out from the crowd and be individualistic, especially in an industry that relies on popularity?
For sure it is a tough industry to make your mark in, and the best I can do is be myself, write about the things I feel, and work with my own abilities. It is definitely a compliment to be compared to great artists, but I do hope that people will see me as me, and like my music. As a teenager it is hard to know who you are, and we often look to other artists for inspiration, but I think that my sound is becoming my own and that my fans will see that and appreciate what I am putting out there. Doing covers does help get you noticed, but hopefully fans of my covers will become fans of my original stuff too.
Her new EP Weightless comes out 20th May so be sure to check it out!
For more info on Olivia visit her website
To hear her latest single Outshine the Stars click here