Olivia de la Cruz feels at home in many places. The Seattle-based singer-songwriter rambles across half a continent as the seasons change, performing shows and gathering musical inspiration. From the Washington wine town of her childhood to the laid-back Mexican surf village where she spends her winters, she feels comfortable wherever she wanders. Her heart’s true home is in her music.
De la Cruz’s lyrically-based, soul-infused Americana has its roots in old vinyl records and the art-focused independent schools she attended in rural Washington. As the most recognized musician in Chelan – a town of 5000 residents and 23 wineries – her talents were nurtured and given opportunity to grow. When she was 12 years old, her singing voice inspired a client of her mother’s landscaping business to buy her a guitar: a beautiful, Canadian-made Seagull, petite and perfectly suited to her small hands. As she grew towards adulthood, she sang for customers at a local winery, an experience that tore down the last shreds of self-consciousness and gave her the gift of fearlessness.
A full-time musician, much of de la Cruz’s success stems from her versatility and ability to step outside of her comfort zone. And her wanderings have always led her to the right place at the right time. She has shared stages with Vicci Martinez, Lindsey Pavao (The Voice), Whitney Myer (The Voice), and Andrew Bell.
Since the release of her debut album in 2013, De la Cruz has seen her songwriting evolve. As her lyrical sensibility shakes free of the constraints of traditional narrative, she is experimenting with electronica and is learning to compose for piano. She’s moving on from the struggles and uncertainty of youth, exploring new avenues and writing from different sides of herself.
Bio courtesy of Reverbnation.