Electro Wow

March

2020

“Expectations” is a collection of intense phenomenal tracks that brings us on a electrical jazz filled journey. With a fire rhythm, the vocals interact with rich instrumental parts, developed through the songs delivering a subtle and powerful sound through each song.

The project is a high spirited album of neo-pop-jazz that consists of eight tracks which possess some compelling moods, sonic landscapes, and a big splash of powerful feminism. You can hear echoes of funk, soul, pop, jazz, rock, and electro.

Olivia Henry is a creative monster with high-energy music true to her inspirational groove. Somewhere in the universe, Amy Winehouse is nodding her head in agreement.”

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Essentially Pop

March

2020

Opening with ‘In My Touch’, we’re left in no doubt that Olivia is back, and with a vengeance as she minces no words with the lyrics – “don’t fuck with me cos I don’t have the time to give free”.

Continuing with ‘Beautiful’, squeaky guitar strings set the stage for her neo-jazz badass sound; she pulls no punches and shows she’s a woman not to be messed with. ‘No More’ is piano-led raunchiness, and this is where the comparisons to Amy Winehouse come in, along with maybe the likes of Pussycat Dolls, Little Mix and other no-nonsense females.

Favourite track on the album, ‘Love Me’, starts out rich and anthemic, with strings and piano setting the pace for Olivia’s crisp, near-perfect vocals. Track 5, ‘Tear Me Apart’, is upbeat with a vaguely disco flavour, while ‘Gotta Run’ visits electro-pop territory, with more of the Amy Winehouse vibes.

Penultimate of the eight tracks on the album, ‘D.W.A.M.’ harks back to the early 80s with a sound that could easily come from Fleetwood Mac, or Supertramp – even Kate Bush. Finally, the piano-led ‘Crazy’, laid back and ballad-y, feels like a soliloquy from a musical. It’s the perfect track for live performance, and well-suited for a quiet moment in the set list.

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Kaboom

March

2020

LA SONGSTRESS OLIVIA HENRY’S LEADING SINGLE “IN MY TOUCH”, OFF HER NEW ALBUM ‘EXPECTATIONS’, PLACES HER ALONGSIDE BADASS VOCALISTS AMY WINEHOUSE AND JILL SCOTT.

OLIVIA WASTES NO TIME TO FLOW OVER A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MULTI-GENRE CADENCES. WITHOUT ANY SUGAR COATING OR BUBBLE GUM LYRICS, SHE PROCLAIMS HER NEED TO FEEL DEEPLY WITH HER TOUCH. HE’S HER HUNTER, AND SHE’S HIS PREY, BUT DON’T F*CK WITH OLIVIA BECAUSE KARMA STRIKES DEEPER THAN HER TOUCH.

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Caesar Live N Loud

February

2020

Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Olivia Henry has just shared her emotional new single titled Love Me, taken from her new album Expectations, out now.

 

Love Me is an honest song about struggling to accept ourselves and relying on the love and validation of another in order to feel whole. I think most of us can relate to this song as it is quite descriptive of human nature's longing for validation and the production around it really enhances the emotion of that struggle and pain. Olivia's vocals are quite distinctive and her passionate vocal delivery instantly captures the listener's attention to her beautiful storytelling. I am also enjoying how the strings are beautifully intertwined with the emotive piano melodies, creating an intimate and emotional atmosphere to the whole song.

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EarMilk

February

2020

LA singer-songwriter Olivia Henry recently blessed us with her Expectations album, and, yes, it's a banger. After generating quite a bit of hype following her previous project, Sessions, she impressively exceeds the expectations for this most recent drop—and then some. 

Expectations once again spotlights Olivia Henry's welcome addition to the nu jazz category, combining jazzy, soulful, poppy vocals reminiscent of Jill Scott and Amy Winehouse, but ultimately a byproduct of her own raw power and noir sensibilities.

 

The album is bookended by two phenomenal tracks ("In My Touch," "Crazy") with plenty of moody, enrapturing joints sandwiched in between. Olivia Henry goes full vampiress on "In My Touch," the lead-off song that sinks its teeth and doesn't let go until the album fades out. Even in her more antagonistic performances, however, lies a singular beauty to Henry's voice that is refined, sparkling, and unforgettable. "Crazy," the final act, sends us off with a calming bang; a reverberating stillness that speaks to Henry's power over her listeners.

Expectations is now available for purchase and stream on all major platforms. Tap in via the links below and experience the fresh stylings of a songstress who has only begun to spread her wings.

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Triple HQ

February

2020

“Expectations” is a collection of intense phenomenal tracks that brings us on a electrical jazz filled journey. With a fire rhythm, the vocals interact with rich instrumental parts, developed through the songs delivering a subtle and powerful sound through each song.

The project is a high spirited album of neo-pop-jazz that consists of eight tracks which possess some compelling moods, sonic landscapes, and a big splash of powerful feminism. You can hear echoes of funk, soul, pop, jazz, rock, and electro.

Olivia Henry is a creative monster with high-energy music true to her inspirational groove. Somewhere in the universe, Amy Winehouse is nodding her head in agreement.”

Read more here.

Neon Music Mag

February

2020

Olivia Henry has an appealing style that conjures up vintage jazz singers with a contemporary twist. She is not a one-trick-pony – ‘Expectations’ contains 8 tracks merging upbeat bouncy numbers with sumptuous piano ballads and feel-good jazz-pop songs all delivered with passion and sugar-coated, warm-blooded vocals which reel in the listener. ‘Beautiful’ has a foot-tapping country twang intertwined with a jazz styling. New single ‘Beautiful’, and indeed the whole album, is elegant and charming. Henry experiments with genres confidently and she particularly shines with her hypnotic blend of vocal interplay. Olivia Henry is an exciting new artist to discover – she may have been away for a while, but she’s certainly back with a bang.

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Euphoria Magazine

March

2019

LA-based singer-songwriter Olivia Henry creates gorgeous, jazz-tinged Hollywood Glam Pop, imbued with a fierce femininity that spills across her smart, austere productions.

Henry’s 2014 debut EP, Sessions, was a beast of a different colour, blending retro revivalist jazz with loose hip hop beats and modern lyricism.

Euphoria is pleased to premiere her newest single, “Tear Me Apart,” which showcases Henry’s newly minted sophisti-pop musings, evoking the ambitious work of Sia and Bishop Briggs. The chic song is one of many lovely cuts from her new album, Expectations…

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Aupium

March

2019

Olivia Henry Breaks Down The Ambiguity Of Wrong Addictions In “Tear Me Apart”. Olivia Henry takes us through the uncontrollable rollercoaster of emotions when it comes to wrong, addictive romance in her new soul-infused single “Tear Me Apart.” Built on gleaming riffs and Olivia’s mesmeric vocals, “Tear Me Apart” is has a march-like groovy tune to it where the melody flows with the same intensity from beginning to end. Despite Olivia chanting about the highs and lows of being with someone that keeps destroying her, the melody has a semi-autotune touch to it where it is Olivia’s voice that controls the emotional scales of the song.

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Bsides and Badlands

March

2019

A Los Angeles native, soul-pop singer-songwriter Olivia Henry wastes no time in shattering the glass ceiling with her new single “In My Touch,” a bewitching torch-ballad with which she rediscovers her true power. “Don’t fuck with me / ‘Cause I don’t got the time to get free,” she sings, both in scorn and temptation, swinging from the pendulum of soul, pop and blues. “And I just want to / Feel you deeply in my touch.”

Henry is altogether mesmeric. Her creamy, velvet vocal cords are wrapped inside imposing layers of piano and string-work, a balancing act of sound and emotion.

Having grown up on the west coast, and with early roots writing poetry, Henry possesses a golden touch in hook-ware and songcraft. With “In My Touch,” a sample of her forthcoming debut LP, produced by Doug Makuta, she not only bathes in life’s beauteous ecstasy, recharging her self-reliance and steel-suited confidence, but escapes into the moonlight’s soft shimmer for a stimulating assembly.

 

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Conversations About Her

January

2019

California songbird Olivia Henry is relaunching herself into the music scene in the most amazing way. With an amazing 2014 debut EP Sessions but a life changing tale of events to follow, Henry bounces back with her brand new single “In My Touch“, the first single from her forthcoming album.

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. Raw and thumping with intensity, it’s the sort of energy, running concurrently with technical ability, that we see in an artist ready to claim her spot.

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Lefuturewave

February

2019

The talented Olivia Henry is a unique singer and she is back with her new single In My Touch, a track which sounds extremely good. I really love the breathtaking vocal performance for example, it sounds very impressive.

 

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Aipate

January

2019

The world is waiting on Olivia Henry‘s album Expectations and today, we are glad to share “In My Touch”, the project’s lead single. Self-written by California-based Olivia and produced by Douglas Makuta, this song exhibits her powerful voice. Musically, the song imbues elements of blues and soul but it retains a sharp pop edge. The songwriting is quite passionate, almost vulnerable.

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