“Olivia Henry’s seductive neo-jazz is exactly the kind of blue-eyed-soul needed to get the soirée started. Sounding like a cross between Sara Bareilles and Erykah Badu, Olivia scats and powders her songs with colorful vocals and kittenish lyrics while her A-List band fills in the groove with Dap-Kings-esque excellence. Henry dishes out her new single, “Forbidden” like a songbird plucked from the Jazz Age—primed for the sexually liberated millennium. It is a fascinating play on a retro aesthetic that reaches back, past the reformatted sounds of Lana Del Ray and Amy Winehouse, grabbing rich musical threads from the roaring twenties. The track itself, recorded in pristine high definition, filters the past through electric rock distortion and hard-hitting hip hop drums. It is an intoxicating brew that lends the flirtatious lyrics a more modern backdrop.”
“It’s those hypnotic classic keys and gorgeous soulful vocals that makes this big bold cinematic pop on a phat hiphop drop!”
“I’ve been a singer, for as long as I can remember,” Olivia Henry tells me. She’s upbeat, ambitious and compassionate. Olivia Henry is a talented music artist, with a new single titled “Gotta Run” releasing on Friday, January 26th. I was able to preview the new track before it’s release, and I’m blown away. I’m Gone With The Wind. Her vocals are on point, and the song is a cross between pop and R&B – with some jazz. It reminds me of Amy Winehouse meets Billie Holiday. They melody will make you swoon, I know, because it did it for me. I had the honor of being her very first interview and I was granted this exclusive, as well as given special access to preview her new music. “Gotta Run” was recorded at the 4th Street Recording Studio in Santa Monica, California. In between sick beats, is the repeated phrase, “Love me, love me” that is so catchy. It’s been stuck in my head since I first got the track. The song is produced by the talented Doug Makuta.”
Mit großartiger und wandelbarer Stimme überzeugt Olivia Henry, die schon in jungen Jahren eine klassische Gesangsausbildung begonnen hat. Mit "Gotta Run" präsentiert die Sängerin aus L.A. einen Song, der sich nicht in ein Genre stecken lässt und schlichtweg zum mitgrooven anstößt
Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.
It’s not a conscious choice to make it different, you hope that it happens, but it’s more about creating a story for me and having that be the center focus. I almost always have the lyrics first, and then I take it to the piano and go from there.
Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up, and the frequent release of songs.
Because it’s so much easier to release songs on your own, it opens a world of opportunity that wouldn’t necessarily be there for unsigned artists. But it also has the effect of inundating us with so much content that we tend to not pay as much attention, and skip songs more frequently. Personally, when an artist that I love comes out with a new album, I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to the whole thing from start to finish whether I like all the songs or not. It helps you appreciate their perspective for the direction of the work as a whole.