About Olivia Millerschin
It all started in the womb. I stirred, stumbled and somersaulted with excitement knowing that I would one day have the opportunity to sing and write music. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I really can’t remember a time that music wasn’t important to me. It’s a family thing. According to family lore, my “Poppy’s” family hails from Westport, Ireland, a small fishing village known for its musicians. My “Grammy” was a voice major in college and I could easily build a band from my extended family of singers, songwriters and musicians.
I’ve been a proud Michigander since birth: May 28, 1995. For the past four years, I have spent my free time writing music and messing around in a studio, releasing my first EP, Planted, in July, 2012. I was honored when it was named one of the “Best EPs of 2012? by Ann Arbor radio 107.1 FM. My first full, 11-song album, Yes. No. Maybe So., debuted March 2, 2013 on ITunes and other online stores. It mixes pop, jazz, soul and folk (because I like all of those genres)! Many of the songs on the album were co-produced with my “little drummer boy” and good friend, Matt Heim, and others were produced with the multi-talented Bryan “B Reillz” Reilly. My “Tacos” song was produced with Jeff LaDuke, a mentor and all-around great guy. I play guitar, ukulele and piano and I’ve got working knowlege of the banjo and mandolin. Also, not to toot my own tambourine, but I also am a world class tambourinist. Yes, it’s a thing.
The Stage was Calling . . . Or I Had Too Much Sugar
I owe my start to a combination of luck, perserverence and divine intervention. As a pre-teen, I auditioned for, and was chosen to be in the children’s chorus in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. I was then chosen to perform in “Stars of Ballet and Broadway” at Detroit’s Music Hall. After that, I decided I would trade in my soccer cleets and basketball shorts for more serious vocal training and was accepted into Interlochen Arts Camp for Vocal/Operetta in 2010 and the next summer, its Singer/Songwriter session.
I’ve gained a lot of momentum as a singer/songwriter in the past two years, thanks in large part to my Grammy, who submitted my name to perform at a local coffee shop. The rest, as they say, is history . . . or the beginnings of my history. I’ve had a great time and continue to perform regularly at various local and regional events, such as Stucchi’s Ice Cream at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the Chrysler exhibit at the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Ernst & Young afterglow at the North American International Auto Show, “Lifted” and “Mac’s Mitten Jam” in Lansing. An important part of my performing focuses on finding ways to give back, so I’ve had the opportunity to perform at various charity events, including Make-A-Wish, teen suicide prevention, Christ Child House and Michigan Ovarian Cancer Research, among others. I’ve also been featured on FOX 2 News, as part of a St. Patrick’s Day event.
In January, 2013 I was nominated for three Detroit Music Awards and opened for Mike Mangione and The Union during the band’s stint at The Trinity House Theatre. In February, the video for my song, Screw Valentine’s Day, was shown at the Mitten Movie Project at the Royal Oak Main Art Theatre. I also got air play on Rob Reihart’s show on Detroit radio 101.9 FM (WDET), was interviewed on Fearless Radio (Chicago) and performed at Amplyfi in Los Angeles. In March, I visited with Lansing radio 89.7 FM (WLNZ) and had my album debut concert and benefit for Northpointe Academy with fellow musicians, Nick Urb and Greater Alexander, and sometime bandmates and co-conspirators, Matt, BReillz, Bob Mervak, Richie Hughes, Jim Ferden and Joe Vercellino.
I saved the biggest news for last: In April, I’ll be touring with natonally known singer/songwriter and actor, Teddy Geiger in a nine-city, cross-country tour! His first album, “Underage Thinking,” peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2007 and he recently appeared on “Royal Pains.” This is gonna be FUN!
When I’m Not Singing, I’m Eating
Besides that whole music thingy, I enjoy eating peanut butter, trying to hide said peanut butter from myself, and eventually finding it. I also devote time to being a fashionista (in other words, I go to all the vintage stores in the Metro Detroit). As I approach my eighteenth birthday, my focus and dedication has shifted to planning the world’s largest organized semi-naked rollerblade. You’re welcome to join.
I like people, I like you and I like your face so get to know me! Hope you enjoy what you hear!
For God’s sake, buy my music ya whippersnappers.
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