Olivia Henry grew up in Los Angeles, singing and writing poems. At an early age, she began classical vocal training with a Belgian Opera singer, and furthered her training in jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. While attending CalArts conservatory Olivia began teaching herself piano, and put music to her lyrics. She has since written dozens of songs, self released her debut EP Sessions in 2014, and is thrilled to be releasing her first full length album produced by Doug Makuta, part of Timbaland’s publishing imprint ole-Bluestone this summer.
As an evolving young artist, Olivia trained to sing opera by day, while sneaking into L.A. clubs with a fake ID by night. As she entered early adulthood, she pursued further vocal training at CalArts. Olivia’s 2014 debut EP, Sessions, showed her uncanny ability to weave the rich musical threads of the past into a modern Alterna-Pop format. With heaps of hype associating her with other Neo-Jazz and retro revival breakouts, the future looked flush with possibilities, but the Universe had other plans. Following the release of her EP, Olivia was diagnosed with a variety of joint related autoimmune conditions, and she was forced to take an un-welcomed and unplanned hiatus from her ambitions. Her new album Expectations (Feb 2020) documents her evolution from neo-jazz darling, to large scale Cinematic Pop songstress, evoking the work of Florence & The Machine, Sia and Amy Winehouse. Lead single “In My Touch” is a strikingly modern entry into her catalogue, yet imbued with the kind of fabulous vocal risks made popular by the forebears of jazz and soul.