Olivia Rudeen

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Olivia Rudeen grew up in Denver, Colorado, with beautiful mountain vistas as the backdrop to her childhood and young adult years. The ever-present beauty may well have been an integral part of the intensely creative nature she developed and her unique brand of emotional and intelligent songwriting. Olivia’s love of music and fascination with the craft of songwriting can be traced back to the nights when her father would sing her to sleep with his own personal brand of lullabies by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, and James Taylor. This early exposure to great music helped Olivia find her own voice. After graduating with a degree in Music Industry Studies from the University of Colorado Denver, the two-time winner of the Durango Songwriters Expo Write-With-A-Hitmaker contest packed her car and headed east to the city where songwriting is a way of life: Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, “Better Off,” a song written and performed by Olivia and her frequent collaborator, Jeff Zacharski, was featured on ABC Family’s scripted one-hour drama “Jane by Design.” She has shared stages large and small with a variety of diverse acts, including the Grammy-nomiated four piece DeVotchKa and “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze. Her latest EP, released in September 2012, was produced by Jimmy Stofer of The Fray and Rosehill Drive. Olivia recently signed her first publishing deal with the Song Factory team and is currently working with top writers throughout the U.S.