OLIVIA is Walthamstow born Olivia Dean. Having culminated her repertoire over the past couple of years, OLIVIA is just about ready to burst onto the scene. If it wasn’t enough that she sold out her first headline show within days, she has just returned from singing alongside Rudimental for their European tour.
The former Brit School student has the kind of tone and eloquence in her songwriting reminiscent of the sort of conversations most teenage girls are familiar with having about boys and relationships. OLIVIA has the versatility in her songwriting to have you feeling empowered and carefree in one number, but had most of the crowd in silent tears for others. Her songs will resonate with fans of the greats such Aretha Franklin and Angie Stone, with others having a more modern yet organic R&B feel. Her raw instrumentation and mellow sound is very honest, with the setup of Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drums, one backing vocal and occasionally Olivia taking to the guitar, she proves that simplicity really is key, and the groove in which the band creates had the whole room bopping with her. Her energetic performance and lyrical poeticism drew so many people to her headline gig that the venue struggled with over capacity. People were standing on tables and leaning over the banisters of stairs at the back of the venue just to be able to fit in the room. It goes without saying that she is one to watch.
Watch our interview with OLIVIA here: