Olivia Smiley

Olivia Smiley

BandCountryBluegrass

Traditional bluegrass music.

Biography

Olivia Smiley, an accomplished fiddler/singer/songwriter, has been competing in fiddle contests throughout the Midwest since she was a 12-year-old, and at age 14 fell in love with the traditional sounds of bluegrass music. For the past four years, she has been a member of bluegrass bands in Indiana and Kentucky.
This 19-year-old has already obtained the acclaimed titles of Kentucky State Fiddle Champion and Governor’s Cup Winner twice and has been the Ohio State Fiddle Champion two times. In addition, she is also the Indiana State Champion and Governor’s Cup Winner, three-time winner of the Indiana State Fair, and was the runner-up at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, two times. Most recently, Olivia was a top-ten finalist in the 2007 Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, in Nashville, Tennessee for the second consecutive year.
Growing up on a farm in Southeastern Indiana, Olivia was lucky enough to discover her love of music at a young age, and it has since become a major part of her life. A classically trained musician, she enjoys many styles of music but finds bluegrass to be her passion. Distinguished musicians, and some of her greatest influences, joined Olivia on her first solo project in 2005 which was received with rave reviews. Playing bluegrass music has allowed Olivia the opportunity to play many wonderful venues. She has graced the Bean Blossom stage with legendary fiddler Kenny Baker, the IBMA and MACC festival stages with Larry Sparks, been a featured fiddler at the 2004 Walnut Valley Acoustic Kids Showcase in Winfield, Kansas. She performed in concert for the American String Teacher’s Association National Conference after being awarded an Alternative Styles Award and her band performed on Louisville’s WHAS TV Crusade for Children telecast.
Olivia Smiley and her band have entertained crowds at Bean Blossom, Corydon, Indiana’s Bluegrass On The Square and the Indiana State Fair and are now booking dates for upcoming festivals. Joining Olivia on guitar is Jeff Guernsey, Danny Wert on mandolin, Klint Brown on banjo and Kolin Brown on bass. These great musicians have come together from around Indiana to perform as a new up-coming group. They always put on a tight, well-rehearsed show.

Olivia Smiley and her band are now booking dates for upcoming festivals.
Their fresh sound has already begun to capture the attention of all listeners.

www.oliviasmiley.com
www.myspace.com/oliviasmiley

Discography

2005 release of self titled cd "Olivia Smiley".
Available on itunes & CD Baby
Live show samples on audio page.