As R&B’s next artist to watch, Olivia Nelson should definitely be on your radar.
Growing up, Nelson was always surrounded by an array of music. From Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to The Chi-Lites and Motown heavy-hitters. With legendary singers and songwriters as her inspiration, Nelson’s love for music continued to grow and prosper.
Encountering a lack of diversity in secondary school, the emerging artist found it difficult to make connections and bonds. Rather than letting it get her down, Nelson directed her energy to writing and performing music.
Now in 2019, the 23-year-old is continuing to make significant moves in music, from dropping her 2018 EP For You to releasing three brand new tracks this year including her latest single Keeper.
We got a chance to chat with Olivia Nelson about everything from her new music, creative process, and more…
Your new track Keeper is fantastic, what’s the story behind the track?
Keeper is basically a message to an ex’s new girlfriend. It’s a warning of things to come. Then the narrative switches to the ex and tells him to keep the new girl closer and treat her better” .
What is your creative process when you are writing, and recording?
It’s different every time. Sometimes I’ll start with an idea lyrically or a melodic hook and go from there but mostly, once I establish the feeling of the track the song writes itself. I find it’s important to try and let things flow as much as possible in the early stages.
Your second single Cherry Chapstick is such a sweet record, can you tell us a bit about the song?
I wanted to write a feel good track about two people meeting and starting that electricity. Usually, my songs are in first person but I wanted to be a narrator in this track and let the story unravel without putting myself in it.
‘No Answer’ is a song that perfectly encompasses a relationship that’s lacking communication, when writing the track did pull from any personal relationships?
Yes, this track is actually a situation that happened to me.. however the narrative is switched. I’m actually the person that someone couldn’t get hold of and they were telling me how they felt, and I put it in the song from their perspective after I processed the situation.
With three singles out, are there any plans of releasing an EP or album soon?
Yes, I’m building up to releasing another body of work soon. Stay tuned.
How is your forthcoming EP different from your 2018 debut For You?
The songs on For You were collected over a couple years when I first started working with producers to create music. Most of the tracks were already a year old when they came out. Now, I feel like my new music is more representative of how I’m feeling currently. It has a more matured and refined sound.
Growing up, were there any artist’s that helped shaped you and your love for music?
Whitney Houston was always playing in my house. Some Mariah too, courtesy of my mum. And then I had most of the R&B/Pop songs that were hot from the early 2000’s playing too.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
Most artists that I’m in awe of, I don’t necessarily want to collab with. I’d rather pick their brain and find out what makes them tick to create what they do. Frank Ocean’s music changed my life so I’d love to have a peak inside his mind. I think he’s a genius.
What do you hope to achieve as an artist in the R&B genre and beyond?
R&B is such a vast genre there’s so many avenues within it – which I love. But more than that, when people hear my music I just want them to be able to take whatever they need from it. Whether that be finding peace or hyping themselves up or getting them to leave the four walls of their own minds for a while. That’s the best achievement.
Check out Olivia Nelson’s new track Keeper below!