Olivia Jo is a versatile singer-songwriter whose roots lie in bluegrass and acoustic music, but have expanded into other genres such as contemporary country, blues and soul. Her heartfelt lyrics—often derived from personal life experiences—and passionate vocals coincide to create an honest delivery. Olivia Jo’s 2015 country album, “Something Real Good,” showcases her diverse songwriting abilities with 10 of her original songs, including the title track “Something Real Good,” a feel-good, bluesy number. In 2019, she released her latest original single titled, “Paper Heart,” in which she took a deeper dive into the world of rhythm and blues.
Based in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the small town of Stuart, Virginia, she got her start in bluegrass at a very young age. She began singing basically when she could talk and learning guitar from her dad at age six. A few years later, she started playing local shows, coffee shops, and festivals in her surrounding areas at the age of nine where she began to establish a name for herself. She recorded two bluegrass albums by the time she was 12 years old with which she enjoyed moderate success and gained exposure in radio and television. At 13, she was one of the featured female artists for a PBS television documentary called, “Women in the Arts.” By 16, she had made her way to Nashville and transitioned into the country music scene. Since then, she has focused on honing her vocal ability and songwriting craft, recorded and shared the stage with numerous musicians, groups and artists in country music and other genres, as well as co-written with prominent Nashville songwriter, Larry Cordle, who she says has become “an incredible influence, mentor, and friend.”
When talking about what music means to her, Olivia says, “Music has been my friend when no one else was. It leaves you with a feeling of sublime peace when you hear the perfect song that just speaks to you… it truly heals the soul. That is part of what inspires me the most as a singer and songwriter: to create songs that help people to feel and heal, while also giving myself an avenue to truly and authentically express myself.” Olivia Jo is determined and dedicated to her music career. “Music is just as vital to me as the air I breathe. It’s who I am… it is what God created me for,” she says.
Olivia just released her newest country single, “Going Broke,” which she started writing amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. When asked where the inspiration for her new single came from, Olivia recounts, “This song is based on the true story of my life—not only during the pandemic—but over the course of the 10+ years that I have been breaking into the music industry. I just want this song to inspire those who hear it to never give up on the dreams that are hidden deep in their heart, no matter what it takes to keep pursuing them… even if they can’t see ‘the light at the end of the tunnel,’ and they’re possibly, quite literally, going broke…” Olivia is looking forward to greater opportunities and new experiences. She is staying creative and currently writing her next album while simultaneously promoting her newest single.