I had never heard the song before, but something about the bouncing melodies and clean folk progressions across ukulele strings reminded me of something…
Perhaps it was because even without knowing, you have probably already heard of Olivia, or at least heard her music if not her name. She was a quarter finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Her single “Screw Valentine’s Day” was a YouTube sensation and has been played in stores across the nation. Not to mention her extensive touring history with acts like Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera and Howie Day.
While her music certainly has that familiar sound, there is something refreshing about her earnest lyrics and acoustic style reminiscent of early ‘00s artists. The witty “fuck you” moments in “Screw Valentine’s Day” evoke memories of Sara Bareilles’ notorious fuck-you song “Love Song” or Feist’s equally feisty track “1234.” Millerschin’s debut album Yes. No. Maybe So. strikes that perfect blend of contemporary and throwback that many emerging artists seem to ignore.
Nowadays, it is more common to find emerging pop artists trying to shock the music world with catchy electronic beats and bold fashion choices. Being shocking is somehow no longer shocking. It is standard for an artist trying to earn a following.
So when I see a newcomer like Olivia Millerschin enter the scene with a strong sense of self and songs that are nothing short of beautiful to listen to, she earns my following.
This is only the beginning for Olivia and she has all of the makings of an iconic millennial songstress. I am excited to see what the future holds for her.