If you want some cracking homegrown R&B, focus on Olivia Nelson. The young London talent has grabbed the eye of producer Jarreau Vandal, and absolutely bosses their latest track together, Smother Me. We sent Olivia a quick Q&A to discover more about her…
First musical memory?
Probably standing in my living room, singing Whitney Houston songs to my mum when was really young.
First album you ever bought?
I think it would’ve been Christina Aguilera’s Stripped album, I still listen to it to this day.
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about both Hideaway – which we loved – and Smother Me).
Smooth, youthful and catchy. Hideaway is a smooth R&B song about being nostalgic of a past relationship, it’s simple but withholds a lot of feeling. My new track has a more gospel feel and the vocal is very in your face and exposed.
An album you would never listen to again?
I don’t know! I wouldn’t want to diss anyone’s art like that, but I don’t like any generic albums where every track sounds like the same record.
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
My mum has an amazing work ethic, she inspires me to do better. People who stay true to themselves and work on being the best version of themselves honestly inspire me! Musical inspirations would be Whitney, Mariah, Erykah and Lauryn to name a few. Vocally and musically they stand the test of time.
What are your current jams?
Ella Mai – Breakfast in Bed, Chunky – Bruno Mars, Raspberry Wine – Tre Samuels. I can’t help but bop when I hear these jams.
And finally: favourite Beyonce song?
That’s so hard! Today, I’m going to say Green Light.