Look Both Ways, the second full-length album to be released September 23, 2016 from singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin, infuses all of the clever lyrics, haunting melodies and colorful folk, pop and soulful elements she’s “noted” for, with a few more years of life and musical experience added. Produced in Brooklyn and Detroit, the album mirrors the grit and hopefulness of both cities. The album’s title reflects Olivia’s quest to “look both ways”– relish in the good and proceed with caution when necessary – in a complex music industry and world. The song Long Weekend is an ode to love found and quickly lost and features artist Michael Grubbs, known to his fans as Wakey Wakey, and, an alum of the hit TV show “One Tree Hill.” The love song, When, features Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of The Voice. Just 21, the indie musician’s talent, optimism and hard work continues to reap rewards. Although she describes herself as the “top end of mediocre, low end of fabulous,” the accolades prove otherwise. She’s won a John Lennon Songwriting Award, was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent and had songs featured in national and indie movies and TV shows, including A Girl Like Her, MTV’s Finding Carter and the popular Russian sitcom, How to Become Russian. Her version of the 1920’s French song, Parlez-Moi D’Amour is featured on a Republic Records companion album to author Mitch Albom’s book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, alongside musical greats Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett. With more than 200 shows played or planned in 2016, it’s been a busy year. Olivia has toured internationally with Sawyer Fredericks, Howie Day, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera and Orla Gartland, and has performed at nearly 100 US colleges and myriad venues, ranging from Radio City Music Hall and Detroit’s renowned Fox Theater, to City Winery in Chicago, Atlanta and NYC. In her home state of Michigan, Olivia has been a finalist in The Detroit Music Awards and in the West Coast’s LA Music Critics Awards. She was chosen from among thousands of bands to perform at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. In addition to singing and songwriting, Olivia plays ukulele, guitar and piano, and often performs solo or with her full band. As if touring and writing don’t keep her busy enough, Olivia frequently donates time to many charities and organizations, including Notes for Notes, an afterschool program located in major cities, including Detroit, which offers free access to music instruments and instruction. Perhaps the best tribute to her talent comes from those who review music daily. “When I see a newcomer like Olivia enter the scene with a strong sense of self and songs that are nothing short of beautiful to listen to, she earns my following.” – Atypical Sounds, Brooklyn
Nick Urb was born and raised just outside Detroit in Clawson, Michigan. Being stuck in a small town played a big role in him gravitating towards music as a way out. Nick occupied his time playing in bands around Michigan for over 8 years, finally going solo and finding his way up the East Coast and as far South as Austin, TX. Nick played churches, house shows and small theaters throughout his early 20’s, an experience he refers to as “reflective and therapeutic”.
Released in 2012, Nick’s first album “We Were Able” was a watershed moment for the songwriter and fit well with the timely emergence of mellow folk pop troubadours’ such as City and Colour, Noah Gundersen and Ed Sheeran. With little promotions other than a Daytrotter session, the album miraculously found its way to music lovers across the world, receiving over 7 million streams on Spotify, and Nick began to cultivate extraordinarily close relationships with his fans. “The first album had such a wonderful response” Urb reflects. “I can only hope to replicate that on some level”.
For his new batch of songs, Urb began tinkering with odd tuning and while exploring both the happiness and hardships of his young adult life. The title track of the new album, “Until the End of Days”, solidified his commitment to pursue music. “If you love something, that’s the way it is” he asserts. “Whether good or bad, right or wrong, your mind has been made up.”
He recorded Until the End of Days in Hamilton, Ontario at Catherine North Studios. After hearing the sounds the studio naturally produced, he knew this was exactly the creative space the album needed. The resulting recordings are flushed with nostalgia and bittersweet melodies which showcase Urb’s coeval vocals and delicate musical sensibilities. More than anything, the musician extends a comforting assurance to others by honestly documenting the experience of coming into his own. As Nick sees it, “my songs are all inspired by deeply personal experiences as I intend to keep those moments and memories alive”.