Raised on the Canadian prairies, OLLEE grew up in a musical family where the sounds of southern rock, country and gospel could often be heard on her parent’s stereo. In her teens, she discovered Delta Blues and singers like Etta James, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson and Janis Joplin. Buddy and Julie Miller, Eric Clapton, The Band and Bob Dylan were also a part of her playlists during these years. These artists captured her interest with their vocal intensity, thoughtful lyrics and emotionally charged music.
The lyrical themes distinctive to OLLEE’s original work provides a rich and meaningful experience for the earnest listener. Her demeanour, being curiously accessible, beckons one to join in on feeling as deeply as she does in the moments shared together. OLLEE’s voice reflects the warmth of Mavis Staples and the intensity of Etta James in what fans have described as pronounced, chilling, powerful and soulful.