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From a young age, Olivia Harms knew she wanted to pursue a music career. With a mom like Joni Harms, how could she not? She is bringing a modern take on classic country western music and we are in love! COWGIRL sat down with Olivia, virtually of course, to talk about her musical upbringing, her inspiration, and plans for the future.
Olivia’s mother, Joni Harms, was recently inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame! She is so proud of her mother and everything she has accomplished, and said “I am so proud of her. She is the one I learned music from, and I grew up playing with her from such a young age. I’ve gone off on my own and done my own thing, but we get the chance to play together every one in a while. She is just so talented and this is so well-deserved.”
As far back and she can remember, Olivia knew that a career in music was one she wanted to pursue. Growing up being surrounded by her mother she said “I never had a day where I wasn’t on stage singing with my mom. I always had the same bug she did, being up there and sharing music that I had written with other people and seeing that it can bring a smile to their face. It is really rewarding and I feel like that’s what I’ve been put on this earth to do.”
Olivia’s everyday life has inspired her throughout her music career. Growing up on a ranch in Oregon, she keeps the country western traditional side alive in her songs. The best advice she’s been given? Her mother once told her “If you want something bad enough, you work hard for it and you don’t give up on it. On the same hand you can’t wish for it, you have to get out there and work hard and put in the time and make a plan. It’s not always going to be easy, it doesn’t happen overnight, but if you are willing to work for it anything is possible.”
Olivia is looking forward to getting back to Nashville (where she normally spends one third of her year), hitting the road, and releasing her new album. She released her singles “Hey There Cowboy” in September, and “Gypsy” in November 2020. Both are lighthearted and just plain fun. They are easy to sing along to and easy for any cowgirl to identify with.
There is no release date for the entire album just yet, but the third single from her upcoming album is expected to be released at the end of January or early February. Just a few short weeks away! In the meantime, she has been performing live when she can, and has also been putting on Facebook Live and Instagram Live shows. She is excited to spend as much time in the Western world as possible, as that’s where she feels she connects the most, and where her heart is.
Make sure you connect with Olivia, she loves hearing from her fans, friends and our COWGIRL family!