OLIVIA KUPER HARRIS is a singer and songwriter whose soulful style is rooted in jazz and accented by sounds of indie pop and funk. Let her dreamy vocals wash over you and #gowiththeflolivia
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Welcome to OLIVIA KUPER HARRIS’s official website! Olivia is a singer and songwriter from Dallas, Texas. She grew up in a musical home, singing with family on summer road trips and around the campfire. She started writing for fun and as an outlet during her teen years. Singing became a way for her to let loose, improvise, connect, and share. Her musical tastes are always growing and changing, and her feeling about music is similar to her philosophy on life. You gotta go with the flow.
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Olivia grew up in a musical family of 4 in Dallas, Texas. Singing was a natural part of the family tradition, with her parents singing rounds as she fell asleep. At a young age, she picked up the piano and the violin, but found her true passion in singing. So much so, that she had the privilege to attend Booker T. Washington High school for the Performing Arts in Dallas, TX, and LaGuardia Performing Arts High School when she and her mother moved to New York City.
Olivia was selected to sing with the Grammy Jazz Ensembles by the GRAMMY In The Schools Foundation, and shared the stage with artists such as Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Olivia was also named Best Jazz Vocalist in a North American High School by Downbeat Magazine.
In her final year of high school, Olivia auditioned for National YoungArts Week and was invited to attend the prestigious YoungArts Week as a finalist in the discipline of Musical Theatre.
Olivia was cast in a local Texas independent film called “The Playroom”, starring opposite John Hawkes and Molly Parker, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently available on Netflix.
“...The film stars Molly Parker and John Hawkes as a suburban couple who embody everything that felt so empty about that decade...The real star, though, is a newcomer named Olivia Harris, who plays their oldest child, Maggie...She leads her siblings in group storytelling, an escape mechanism for the unspoken tensions in the family, which simmer to a boil one ugly night. Ms. Harris is also quite a singer. Over the closing credits she delivers the eeriest, loveliest version of “Up on the Roof” you’re ever likely to hear.”
Driven by a newfound love of acting, Olivia left home to study theatre and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.
After graduation, Olivia moved to Los Angeles where she began performing with Los Angeles based theatre company, “For The Record Live”. She starred in "Baz: Star Crossed Love” at the Palazzo Theatre, voted Best Show in Las Vegas in 2017, and has performed with the company on stages at Broadway in Chicago and The Wallis Annenberg.
Olivia wrote and released her first EP, "Lonestar Heart", in January of 2016. She and producer / musical director Nick Milo of the Joe Cocker Band, assembled a team of musicians including Jack Irons of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Greg Adams of Tower of Power, to deliver a diverse set of music. Her EP is on Spotify and iTunes.
Olivia recently teamed up with producer and lead singer of B00TY, Edan Freiberger, to produce her first full album, to be released in 2018.
In the fall of 2017, Olivia won the #PMJsearch2017, an international competition run by YouTube sensation Scott Bradlee, of Postmodern Jukebox, to discover new talent. Olivia is currently touring the country with Postmodern Jukebox (see LIVE page for details/tickets).
Her first review by Katrina Tulloch from syracuse.com speaks highly of her debut with the music group:
“The doe-eyed Olivia Kuper Harris nailed her debut of "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" by Jet. Though she's a new addition to the PMJ family, she handled the job with finesse, and drew cheers with her scatting on Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Of everyone who performed, her intonation sounded closest to the Mid-Atlantic accent heard in old movies, lending authenticity to her "vintage" covers of modern songs.”
Olivia’s biggest influences are Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, Lauryn Hill, and Betty Carter, . Her music has been described as “Alternative pop with a splash of jazz and neo-soul, blended together by a voice that can plead, seduce, energize and amuse” by Post Haste Media.
“Singing is the way I express myself, make sense of things, and relate to others. When people listen to my music they’re entering my world. Thanks for visiting my site!” -Olivia