Olivia Millerschin
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Olivia Millerschin

Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Folk




"Olivia Millerschin's Got Talent"

As we enter the swanky Dino’s Lounge on Woodward in Ferndale and survey the intensely “nice” surroundings, singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin sticks out like a strawberry in a bowl of vanilla ice cream. She sits alone at her table, sipping on a glass of ice water with a wedge of lemon, awaiting the tardy ass of MT. When we blow in, she’s courteous and humble, delighted that we want to tell her story. The 18-year-old has had a big year, picking up a John Lennon Songwriting Award for the song “Screw Valentine’s Day,” performing at the Detroit Music Awards, and, as the nation is about to discover, successfully auditioning for America’s Got Talent. More on that later. …

Millerschin is something of an anomaly; at 18, she’s barely lived yet, but her honest and reflective lyrics display a maturity that her face has yet to catch up with. Dig a little deeper and it becomes clear that Millerschin isn’t trying to grow up too fast. She isn’t making the mistake of writing from the perspective of someone more experienced, attempting to emulate her musical heroes. Rather, she’s writing what she knows. Her lyrics tackle the issues and problems faced by any teenager, particularly one looking to find her place. Life isn’t easy at 18, a fact quickly forgotten by just about everyone as soon as we’re out of our teens.

So Millerschin’s lyrics tackle loneliness, disillusionment, and unrequited love, as well as positive themes like the feeling of a first love. Millerschin has grown up listening to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, James Taylor, and Cat Stevens, successfully negotiating the much-traveled, peer pressure-inspired minefield of contemporary pop. As a result, she’s able to structure her own very real experiences into songs pleasing and familiar to fans of those classic folk-rock veterans. It’s quite a feat.

“My tastes haven’t changed much,” she says. “I didn’t really get into the pop scene. I was a lot more into folk music. I think it’s because of how [my family] raised me with their music. I like top 20 — I like listening to that and knowing what’s on the radio, but I like the folk and indie music a little more.”

Millerschin started singing when she was just 8. “I started taking opera lessons because I wanted to be like my grandma, who was a professional opera singer,” she says. “Then I let that go. That went out the window because I realized I’m not an opera singer. But it was good training. I started performing in the area a few years ago, just at coffee shops. Now I’m touring.”

At 18, the support of one’s family is invaluable, so coming from a musical family has to be helpful. Plus, an opera-singing granny is just really cool. “I think she just performed around the U.S.,” Millerschin says. “I know she studied at U-M and then she had to stop because she had kids. She was a soprano, just like me. She was a huge inspiration. My grandpa’s a great singer too — I heard him at a glee club. My dad’s not musical at all, but he’s good at other things, like math. My mom likes to sing; she’s a great singer, and she always wrote songs around the house.”

Millerschin put out her debut album, Yes. No. Maybe So., in 2013, and she’s just released an EP, Over the Weather. It’s impressive that, despite her tender years, she’s already showing growth.

“Even looking at the music on the EP, the stuff I’m writing now I feel is even more mature,” she says. “I like to just keep improving, and I get embarrassed [by] my old stuff. But I really shouldn’t be because I’m 18, so I just keep working on it. The album came out last winter. It feels like a super-long time ago. My full album was a little bit boy-focused because it was all of the music that I had written the previous couple of years. I just put it all on the one thing. This most recent EP is a lot more reflective of observations of my generation. I’m not used to working with people of my age. The music industry is all people older than me. Going to college for one year, I had to be around everyone my age and I learned a lot from them, watching how they interact.”

It’s fascinating that a teenager had to observe other teenagers in order to fully understand being a teenager. Millerschin says that the first song she wrote was called “Crazy for a Fool” (“it was really silly”), and the first song she made available to the public was “I Wanna Grow Old With You.” It’s a song from her recent EP, the Tori Amos-ish “We Know Not,” which really tells you how good this girl could be, with the line “When we’re young, we know not.” She’s capable of being open and vulnerable while retaining an air of strength.

Millerschin completed a year of college last year, but she’s taking a break to see where the current wave takes her. “I studied commercial music production at school,” she says. “A little bit of production, a little bit of music business, and then some composing too. I’m not going back next year. I did the first year, but I was getting tons of offers to tour, and I had to keep turning them down. Now I have America’s Got Talent going, so I’m going to take a year off.”

Well, now, that’s a neat link. Millerschin had to keep the details close to her chest, but we can say that she auditioned for the popular reality show and, as we go to press, is doing rather well. “I feel bad because everyone’s like, ‘Are you really going to be on the show?’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah we are, but I can’t tell you how it’s going,’” she says. “It airs on May 27, so this week. It’ll be really fun, I think. It’s been crazy. They keep you at their disposal from like 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every night, and you’re there for three weeks. It’s in New York. I actually have to go out to L.A. because they have, like, a boot camp. They have vocal coaches and all that. It’ll be cool.”

Of course, appearing on that show means being in proximity to the infamous Howard Stern. “He’s actually really nice,” she says. “Very cool. He remembered my name, which surprised me. He’s really tall, but really nice. He’s inappropriate, but funny. I think he’s hilarious. Mel B is probably the hardest for me. She’s so serious all the time, and you can’t tell what she’s thinking. She’s kind of playing Scary Spice. It’s a little intimidating.”

Shock jocks and Spice Girls aside, Millerschin is already a winner in our book. Hey, she has an award with John Lennon’s name on it. “I submitted for that about two months before it was due,” she says. “I forgot completely about it, and then I was contacted to say that I won. Thousands of people enter. The category was ‘love songs’ because it was a Valentine’s Day thing. I had the only not-love song in there — my song was called ‘Screw Valentine’s Day.’ I think all these people were like, ‘Why did she win it?’ It was cool.”

That award led to a performance at the DMAs. “I didn’t expect to be able to perform at the DMAs. I hadn’t even previously been to them, so that was really cool. We were sharing a dressing room with [metal band] Battlecross. They were really scared about putting us in the same room as Battlecross, like, ‘Are you guys gonna be OK.’ I’m like, ‘We’re really fine.’ They’re super-nice.”

The glitz and glamour of TV shows and award ceremonies will be put to one side on Sunday, when Millerschin will play a show at Callahan’s, a CD release show for Over the Weather. “I’m going to play a lot of the older stuff,” she says. “At the EP release, I’m probably going to play a lot of the stuff off my old album, and then some of the new, and then I have a bunch of new music that I’m going to be putting out, hopefully in the fall. I want to keep constant music coming out, so I’ll be playing some newer things that people haven’t heard yet.”

Beyond that, Millerschin’s plans are generally on hold. The America’s Got Talent people can call her at any time and expect her to be in a studio at a moment’s notice for days at a time. “I feel like my whole schedule’s been messed up because the show can call at any time and say, ‘We need you right now,’ ‘We don’t need you next week,’ or anything else,” she says. I guess we’ll go as far as we can in the show and then get a bunch of shows scheduled for the fall.”

We’ll be waiting. - Metro Times

"Teenagers On the Rise"

If you believe that a teenage musician can't be as good as someone who has been in the industry all their life, then you obviously have not heard any of the three ladies that will be profiled in this story. Two of them are 17 and the other is only 14, but all of them have the skills and the stage presence of performers twice their age.

The first one is a 17 year old from Detroit, Michigan by the name of Olivia Millerschin. She is already making an impact in her hometown as she has garnered three nominations for the Detroit Music Awards. If her show on February 8 at LA's Amplyfi is any indication, this impact is just the tip of the iceberg of commercial success this performer is capable of.

Her new album Yes No Maybe So drops on March 2, and her current single Screw Valentine's Day is part of a marketing campaign by Teton Guitars, which has endorsed Millerschin.

On stage, this young lady possesses as much stage presence and ability to engage an audience as Bonnie Raitt or Sara Bareilles or Reba McIntyre. Nothing seemed to bother her, not her missing band, or the constant feedback or the constantly changing lighting. She handled herself with maturity and a lot of professionalism.

Without her band to help her, she only played three original songs, but they were truly impressive. I Want to Grow Old With You has so much potential for placement, especially with Disney or Nickelodeon, while Look My Way has the makings of a huge radio hit.

She even showed maturity in her cover selections, as she covered such diverse artists as Angel Taylor, Duffy, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Of Monsters and Men and Ozzie Nelson.

Her set flowed from guitar to ukelele and back to guitar, while her song choices kept the energy of her set upbeat. She shows remarkable potential for success. It was an honor to catch her on the way up. - L.A. Examiner

"The Bodega"

Seeing three singer songwriters who are each on the cusp of breaking through play a full room at the end of a short tour, presented an opportunity to consider what makes an artist unique and gives them that leg up to stardom.

For Olivia Millershin it’s easily identified, as the petite 19-year-old takes to the stage alone with a ukulele.

This ‘quirky’ choice of instrument should not define her, as she is equally proficient on keyboard and acoustic guitar (and there’s really not enough ukulele in modern music, especially played this well).

Olivia has a voice you melt into – it is beautiful, innocent, soulful and note perfect despite reaching some notes only dogs can hear!
Her songwriting is considerably more mature than her tender years and it was fascinating to watch her win over a crowd that, largely, hadn’t heard of her, being a native of Michigan, USA whose most well-known track stateside is an amusing lament (not played tonight) entitled Screw Valentine’s Day.

As far as ‘uniqueness’ is concerned, this American songstress has it in spades.

She has a sound and style that is totally individual and writes stories that can endear and amuse in equal measure.

Find more at oliviamillershin.com.

The next artist on stage already had the looks of a star and the talent to back that up. Martin Luke Brown is another multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter and his simple but effective mainstream tracks showcased a strong voice supplemented with some fine electric guitar and keyboard work.

It was no surprise when he mentioned one of his songs had been getting BBC Radio 1 airtime at the end of last year as this is very much his target audience. If he fails to break through as a solo artist it would be no surprise to see him return as part of a McFly style band (you know, the boy bands who can actually play and write songs rather than just stand there looking pretty).

Is Martin unique? Not exactly but he is very good at what he does and he is the complete package that you would expect to see and hear all over UK very soon.

More at martinlukebrown.com.

Finally, we had Orla Gartland who is your archetypal 19 year old Irish songstress at heart with some beautiful, fun bouncy pop songs that nod to The Corrs and (sorry) B*witched.

The harmonies and strong percussion drove the set whilst Orla’s gentle lilt floated across the, at times, funky pop. On her strongest songs (Roots being a particular favourite) you could comfortably see Orla and band breaking through. She is comfortable on stage and has a cute self-deprecating nature (often referencing her ginger hair).

As a final night of the tour treat we also got a performance by Orla and Martin of a mash up featuring Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Stand By Me and Beautiful Girl, which raised the biggest cheer.

You can find Orla at facebook.com/OrlaGartland.

Special mention should go to sound and lighting who didn’t put a foot wrong all night. - Nottingham Post


Still working on that hot first release.




Olivia Millerschin is a multi-talented indie singer-songwriter from Metro-Detroit whose music crosses genres and is a mix of vintage folk, jazz and pop.

At just 21-years-old, this artist already has a list accolades to her name, including recently being chosen from among thousands as a winner of the 2016 "Great American Songwriting Contest" -- Singer/Songwriter category for her original, “We Know Not.” In addition, she has won a John Lennon Songwriting Award and was a quarter-finalist on NBC’s "America's Got Talent" in 2014.

Olivia debuted her second full album, “Look Both Ways,” in Sept., 2016, which featured duets with the 2016 winner of “The Voice,” Sawyer Fredericks, and artist Michael Grubbs (aka Wakey Wakey). Produced in Brooklyn, NY and Detroit, MI, it was named in the top albums of 2016 by Ditty TV and Ann Arbor radio 107. 1FM, among others.

Her music has been featured in movies, stores, audio books and on TV. Her original, "I Can Say," was chosen for the NetFlix movie, “A Girl Like Her,” and for the finale of MTV's "Finding Carter.”

She was chosen as one of 13 singers for the musical composition (cd) produced by Republic Records for Mitch Albom's book, "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" in 2016 and performed it at the book’s debut at the reknown Fox Theater in Detroit. Other artists include Matt Kearney, Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett.

Other credits include:

- Named a finalist in both the Detroit Music Awards and LA Music Critics Awards

- Placed second in the 2015 "Land the Big Gig" Contest at Summerfest, the largest music festival worldwide

- 2016 Singer Universe “Singer of the Month”

- Sang "I'll Fly Away" in Mitch Albom-produced documentary, "Walk With Me"

- Songs played in nationwide retail stores, Kohl's and Forever 21

In addition, she has toured extensively across the US and in Great Britain as a solo act and opener for Howie Day, Tyler Hilton, Teddy Geiger, Ryan Cabrera, Orla Gartland and the 2016 winner of the “The Voice,” Sawyer Fredericks.

Following are her links: EPK: http://youtu.be/coa9ammh3a4 Web site: http://oliviamillerschin.com

Original: "We Know Not" https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9prgEQVrVUQ

Original: "Far From" https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bU6O0Lqxw44 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OliviaMillerschin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OliviaMillerschin iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/over-the-weather.-ep/id867818058

Some accolades from media:

"Olivia has a voice you melt into – it is beautiful, innocent, soulful and note perfect despite reaching some notes only dogs can hear!... As far as 'uniqueness' is concerned, this American has it in spades."

-Nottingham Post (UK)

"We get a lot of acts (in our studio) and I can tell you're going to be huge."

-Mitch Albom, WJR-Radio host and author

"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."

-Atypical Sounds

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