Following on from our interview with Kate Young, we have had the privilege to interview the wonderful Olivia Grace apart of our Who To Watch series where we interview 4 rising stars in various forms of art. Olivia is an up and coming singer from Liverpool, studying a vocal course at the renowned BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music) Bristol university. We are expecting big things from Olivia in the near future.
When did you first start singing?
I have always been singing, literally since i could talk, as cliché as that sounds. I was brought up in a musical family so i have been very lucky in that aspect. i started singing properly in high school but being in a media academy has really given me the knowledge and confidence to go on to write my own music.
What is you favorite song to belt out at the in the car or at karaoke?
Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks, I mean who doesn’t like that song?! If you ever need a feel good song this is definitely the one.
What do you hope to achieve in ten years time?
In ten years time I hope that i am successful in the music industry. I think i will be more than happy if I’m working in the industry and i am willing to try so hard to get that. I love performing and writing so much that thats all i want to do.
What was the title of your first song? What do you think of that song now?
I have always written the odd little verses or hook lines but my first proper song I wrote was Keep on Loving you. I cant play guitar so i always have so many lyrics yet no music to go with it. I knew how i want this song to sound exactly, so with help from a guitarist we made this vision happen.
What is your favourite album?
I love all of Ben Howards albums so definitely one of them. There isn’t one song on there i don’t like which is rare when coming to a full album!
If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be and why?
So many artists I would be honoured to open up for, but if I had to choose one it would most defiantely be Stevie Nicks. She has inspired me so much with not only writing songs but also how she conducts herself on stage. I always have a Stevie nicks song in my set. She’s an incredible artist so who wouldn’t want to open up her tour for her!
You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs?
I take a lot of inspiration from things that I have experienced. I feel that by putting real emotion into song, you can then connect with more people. Fleetwood mac’s album ‘rumours’ was about the strain on relationships. it’s so honest and raw and I really like that.
Your song Keep on Drifting Away is exceptional, what made you write that song?
Thank you! A real bad relationship made me write that. See, something good can come from a rough time. The lyrics are so raw to me but I like that, it shows vulnerability and I also think that listeners like that too.
When you are getting ready to perform do you ever get nervous?
Yeah of course I get nervous but getting nervous is good, it shows that you care about what you are doing so I like that. My nerves fuel me to put my all into my gig, its what I love doing. I think the more you perform the more comfortable you get on stage, it becomes like a second home.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Well I am working on my own EP so that will be happening pretty soon which I’m really excited about. I’ll be gigging and getting my name out there and having fun while doing it. Moving to Bristol is going to be pretty exciting, a whole new music scene so who knows what could happen when I’m there!