Born in Florence to a writer and painter-turned-academic, Olivia Chaney grew up listening to everything from Prince to Henry Purcell. This eclectic mix of influences sparked a passion for songwriting that she nurtured at Chetham's School of Music and The Royal Academy. After showcasing at SXSW and a stint as lead singer for electronica outfit Zero 7, Olivia signed with Nonesuch, leading to collaborations with Kronos Quartet and a Grammy nomination for Offa Rex, a collection of Fairport Convention-era classics made with The Decemberists. 

Olivia’s first solo album (The Longest River), produced by Leo Abrahams, received rave reviews (‘Chaney is a major talent’ – Pop Matters; ‘In her quiet way, she’s radical’ – NY Times). Following this she recorded Shelter in NYC with genius producer-pianist Thomas Bartlett. These records made Olivia’s name as the author of an unmistakable brand of luscious and sophisticated music that explores inherited trauma, the clash of tradition and modernity, and the darkness and light of love.

Olivia has lots of new music up her sleeve. Six French Songs brings together ballads from medieval crusader dirge to 60s pop classic Tous les garçons. Later in the year, Olivia releases Circus of Desire, her first album since she fled the capital, married her dream boy, birthed two children, and entered into the deeper mystery of things. Featuring Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly and remixes by Dave Okumu, Oliver Coates and Vessel, Circus of Desire is Olivia set free.

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Olivia Chaney's 'Six French Songs' available on vinyl.