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Olivia Penalva

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A pop star on the verge, Olivia, has been captivating audiences and critics alike since she was just 11 years old. The Canadian born musician has embarked on an incredible career, achieving massive success in a short time. Off to an explosive start, she scored her first Top 30 single at Canadian radio with her original Christmas song ‘Christmas For Two" in 2013. The Holiday-themed single charted again in 2014  where, during a radio tour throughout BC and Toronto, she caught the attention of Canadian radio stations QMFM and CHUM FM. At only 13, she began writing and recording her debut album, Fight For You, a release that earned her a top spot in the final 15 for the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.

That was only the beginning.  A determined and passionate young talent, she quickly immersed herself in the industry, racking up show after show across international borders, supported by a team that believes in the power of her voice. Her years touring and discovering her unique fusion of electro-power pop and soulful urban vocals have prepared her for the next stage in her career, a stage in which she emerges as the next big name in pop music.

In 2015, Olivia discovered her confidence boosting a soulful pop sound with the help of hit producer Brian West (Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5) and Josh Cumbee (Madonna, Nick Howard). The sound debuted with the release of her single "Ferris Wheel," a track that inspired the powerful message found throughout her EP, Weightless, with which she wrote and recorded with her friend and fellow co-writer, Robin Ghosh.

Released in May of 2016, and hailed as one of the most delicious EP’s of the year by Canadian Music Blog, the uplifting collection of songs reflects on the powerful impact of self-love and positivity, while capturing the essence of who Olivia is as a performer, songwriter, and soulful vocalist. Three of the tracks were semi-finalist in 5 categories in the global Unsigned Only Competition, and established her as the Artist of the Year in the Starlight Music Chronicles Teen category. Each track showcases her critically acclaimed vocal chops, whether it’s the bubbly inflections of Ferris Wheel or the sultry, emotional ache of Without You, there’s proof that she can do it all.  

Her talents continue to be recognized internationally with various awards and achievements, including placing in the top 10 at the Ottawa Blues Festivals’ “She’s The One” competition and the International Songwriting Competition, where she was chosen out of 30,000 applicants as a standout finalist. Most recently, Olivia received a Factor Grant for the Canadian Artist Development Program as well as a scholarship to attend ArtistMax, a program that allowed her to be mentored by industry heavyweights like David Foster, and Ken and Colbie Caillat. 

But her success doesn't stop at awards, she's seen massive recognition at Canadian radio. Her two debut singles, Christmas for Two and Outshine the Stars broke the top 100, a feat for an independent artist with a burgeoning following. Her 2016 breakout single, “Outshine The Stars,” was met with critical acclaim, a prelude to the release of her EP, Weightless,which won the top pop award at the 2016 Independent Music Awards. But it was her most recent single, “Skyline" (The Madlucky Remix)” that really made an impact, earning two iHeartRadio Future Star awards in addition to charting top 40 in three different formats and amassing over 5,000 spins. 

Olivia's message of self-confidence and empowerment fit with a motivational movement pop music that puts her among artists like Selena Gomez, Sabrina Carpenter and Hailee Steinfeld.  With each new release there is proof that Olivia has not only found her niche, but an audience that relates to her pop aesthetic, and a sound that is all her own. 

Not one to rest on her success, Olivia is back in the studio working on an even more addictive follow-up to Weightless. On her newest single, “I Choose This Love,” out May 1, 2017, Olivia continues to thrive with hopeful vitality.  Her new EP is due out sometime in 2017, as she continues to explore the depths of her talents with new sounds and stories that inspire.

 

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