Olivia Penalva first heard her voice on the radio aged 14, and since then, she’s by no means regarded again or stopped pursuing her creative goals. She’s received two iHeartRadio Future Star Awards, had two songs she’s lined – Calum Scott’s “You Are The Purpose” and John Hiatt’s “Have A Little Religion In Me” featured on America’s Received Expertise Received American Idol respectively and racked up a complete of greater than 42 million streams and views throughout a number of platforms. She’s simply unveiled the video for her new single “Ex’s” and PopWrapped caught up together with her to seek out out extra concerning the observe, her future tour and efficiency plans and what classes 2021 has taught her.
Who precisely is Olivia Penalva in a number of phrases?
Olivia Penalva is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Canada. I’ve been pursuing music since I used to be eleven and it’s just about my favorite factor on this planet. I’m a storyteller and like to create issues that make individuals really feel related to one thing.
At what age did you realise you needed to make music a profession? Has this all the time been the aim for you or did you have got different plans rising up?
I keep in mind actually getting excited about music round ten or eleven. Earlier than I received into it, I all the time pictured myself following in my mother’s footsteps as a lawyer or randomly at one level I needed to be a veterinarian till I spotted I didn’t have the abdomen to do what they do. I rapidly realized that the humanities have been far more up my alley and in the end once I was eleven, I fell in love with singing and determined that was it for me.
Which band or artist may you say you sound in any method just like? Who’re you artistically influenced and impressed by?
I get instructed right here and there that my voice reminds individuals a little bit of Alessia Cara, which clearly is a large praise as a result of I am keen on her. So far as musical influences, as a child I used to be impressed by Norah Jones, Etta James and Ed Sheeran. They actually impressed the music I’d sing and write and are nonetheless a few of my favorite artists.
What are the three most listened to songs in your Spotify or iPod proper now?
My prime three songs proper now are “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish – in fact, “Nonetheless” by Seinabo Sey and “Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo. I’m in love with these songs.
How did and has the pandemic affect/impacted you as an artist? Has it tousled any tour/launch plans? How have you ever handed the time in quarantine and whereas unable to totally immerse your self in each side of your profession and many others? Have you ever loved the downtime or been going stir loopy?
The pandemic threw a curve in everybody’s plans. I’d have been travelling a lot extra for work this 12 months if not for covid. Identical to everybody else I used to be caught inside for fairly some time which I admit actually affected me mentally. I made do by doing zoom classes just about day by day and attempting to complete a file throughout a pandemic over zoom isn’t all the time the simplest however we did it. At first, I liked being house and attending to put on sweatpants day by day, however I undoubtedly went stir loopy.
What’s it about your new single “Ex’s” that made you assume it was the precise one to launch?
From the second we began writing “Ex’s” I liked it. It was completely different than a variety of the stuff I used to be engaged on, and it was so enjoyable. Lots of what I write is about my life, however this tune specifically is only a made-up story and a enjoyable half for me to play. It’s a bit of cheeky and though I don’t condone or would EVER encourage individuals to steal their finest good friend’s boyfriend, everybody loves a cheeky tune!
What do you hope those that hear “Ex’s” take from it? Is there a message or reminder you need to get throughout by way of the lyrics?
For starters, I don’t need them to listen to “Ex”s” and get the concept to go steal somebody from a good friend. This tune is a satire; it’s to showcase what individuals can do to one another. It’s displaying the concept at occasions temptation might be stronger than logic and it’s a actuality that lots of people undergo.
Inform me a bit of concerning the video – the place did the concept for it come from?
The video for “Ex’s” was very a lot impressed by the storyline within the tune. I received to bounce within the video which was a primary for me however was such a enjoyable expertise and I really feel like that actually confirmed by way of when filming. Total, it was the most effective shoot and I hope individuals love the video as a lot as I do.
How fingers on did you get with and on the shoot? Do you assume possibly you may need to step behind the digicam and direct a music video someday?
The precise video shoot was so enjoyable. We mentioned it quite a bit earlier than the shoot day got here and I shared all my concepts early on for the way I noticed the video going. I really feel that the group that I labored with for this video did such an amazing job on collaborating concepts with me. I didn’t direct this one, however I’ve so many concepts for future movies that I might see myself directing.
After a troublesome 18 months or so for the everybody, together with artists similar to your self, the world is beginning to return to some semblance of normality with stay exhibits going down and excursions for the top of the 12 months/2022 being introduced pretty commonly. Do you have got any tour or efficiency plans within the works? How a lot are you trying ahead to getting again on the market, seeing individuals and interacting with a crowd after being unable to take action for therefore lengthy?
At this second, I’ve no set plans however in fact I can’t wait to get again on the market and carry out these new songs for my supporters. I’ve actually missed performing stay and I’ve spent the final 12 months and a half writing among the finest songs I’ve ever written and all I need to do is play them for the world. I can’t wait.
The top of the 12 months is quick approaching – what classes has 2021 taught you and the way will you are taking and use these classes going ahead, each as a person and an artist? What do the subsequent few months have in retailer for you and your followers?
This 12 months was the largest 12 months of studying me. I assume it was for lots of people. The most important factor I learnt although, is that the individuals round you’re so vital. Your group is there to assist you and have your again and it’s essential make sure that they’re individuals you belief. It is a exhausting profession alternative, particularly for younger artists and having a very good group adjustments every little thing. It’s a must to be your individual advocate and have your individual again as properly.
Proper now, I’m simply having fun with life and dealing in direction of my subsequent single and general future plans. My file is just about completed and though it received’t come out for some time, I’m actually pleased with it and might’t wait to share it with the world.