Michael Olivier
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Michael Olivier

Rugby, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Rugby, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo World Singer/Songwriter


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20th Century Steel Band (As band member and main songwriter of songs including Heaven and Hell is on Earth):

Warm Heart Cold Steel ? - Island Records 1975

Yellow Bird Is Dead ? - United Artists Records 1976

As solo artist

Unfinished Business / Soon Come 2008



Michael ‘Bubbles’ Olivier AKA Prodigal Son is an award-winning songwriter and artist with a career that spans over 3 decades, playing steel drum, performing in various notable bands including 20th Century Steel band other world music bands.

Key Career Highlights include:

1970’s performed with Pan Am North Stars and recorded and toured with the Pianist Winifred Atwell

1974-1976 – Formed 20th Century Steel Band – released 2 albums ‘Cold Steel Warm Heart’ & ‘Yellow Bird is Dead’ on United Artists Label

Toured the world with 20th Century Steel Band and performed with the likes of Donna Summers. Wrote a number of songs including ‘Heaven and Hell Is On Earth’

1976-1978 – Joined and toured with the band Steel and Skin and writes most popular song ‘Reggae Is Here Once Again’ .  Went on to be featured in the documentary with the same name which was recently televised on London Live TV

1980’s – Won UK Panorama Steel Band Championship title in 1986 with Mangrove Steel Band

1980-90’s – Michael won the Panorama Championships 5 more times.

1990’s – Michael continued to play the steel drum and travel the world.

In the mid 90’s he formed the Steel Pan Band Page 2 and toured and performed around the UK, including performances at the Royal Albert Hall.

1990’s-2000’s – ‘Heaven and Hell’ became a cult classic and used by other artists Soul II Soul, Grand Master Flash, Jungle Brothers and Lauryn Hill

2002 – JLo uses ‘Heaven and Hell’ on the chart-topping ‘Jenny from the Block’

2002 – Starts to receive attention for songwriting skills to the world attention.

2003 & 2004 – Award an ASCAP and BMI Award for Jenny from the Block

2004 – Signed a significant publishing deal with EMI publishing

2005 – 2007 – Continued to perform on the steel drum and working with musicians, co-writing projects and recording on the steel drum

2008-2009 – Records and releases his reggae-world music album ‘Unfinished Business’

2010 –Returns to UK Panorama championships with RASPO Steel Orchestra

2011 – 2014 – Continued to tour and perform in festivals and shows around the world

2015 – Performed in shows in the US and received reviews from American Songwriter

2016 – Set up new Steel Drum School in Bristol called Bandwagon

2017 – Recorded 2 new albums(1 steel drum and 1 classic album), Toured Africa countries performing including Tanzania and Morocco

⇒ 2018 – releasing a new single in March 2018, followed by 2 new albums later in the year