Olivia delivers a powerful expression of strength, sass, passion and lyrical tenderness with her debut album Dirt Drenched Soul.
The album was recorded live in analogue with a hand picked band of leading jazz and blues musicians who are guitarist Aaron Flower (National Jazz Award Winner 2007), pianist/organist Jerry Craib, bassist James Haselwood and drummer Cameron Reid.
It features a gutsy selection of tunes spanning jazz, blues, soul and even country, from the rare soul of A Love That Never Grows Cold to much-loved jazz standard St Louis Blues to a country-tinged version of Bob Dylan’s Simple Twist of Fate, together with the classic soul of Ray Charles’ Drown In My Own Tears and Donny Hathaway’s I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, and a sassy cover of Nina Simone’s roadhouse blues Buck.
Olivia harnesses the songs for her own needs. With her big, heart-soaked voice and the palpable personality and commitment of her band, each song is transformed and the result is an album of pure soul music.
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