We recently spoke to Olivia Lunney about the inspirations behind her debut album To the Ones I Loved. In just a year, the Canadian artist went from being a winner on CTV’s singing competition The Launch to scoring her first Top 40 hit. Now she’s released her debut album, a fun mixture of bops and tender moments that will pull on the heartstrings.
“TOIL” is my Debut EP composed of 4 songs. This EP is super special and close to my heart as the theme/ lyrics explore my personal experiences with love and heartbreak over the past 3-4 years! I’m so happy it’s finally out and into the world.
For me, writing is always a very therapeutic process. Lots of the time I pick up my guitar without having an idea in mind just to see what words end up coming out. Music is so beautiful that way and I’m not sure where I would be without it! Although I write alot on my own, I co-wrote most of these songs which was also a very fun/different process as well!
For this project, I was very inspired by personal events in my own life. Navigating through relationships at a young age is a very new and confusing process. Through doing so, I gained so much life experience and decided to document those into song.
I’m happy to hear that! “Bedsheets” for me is actually the most intimate and personal song on the EP! It seems like people are resonating with this song the most which I find very cool. Feelings are universal and I think this song really dives into the strong feeling of longing and letting go.
A cocktail of indie-pop with a dash of alt/folk lyrical inspiration!
Growing up, music was always playing in my household. When I was 12 years old, I asked my dad to teach me a few chords on the acoustic guitar. By 13, I started writing little hooks and melodies overtop of these chords. This eventually led me to writing full songs as I went through high school, etc!
AJ Healey helped write and was the producer of my EP. His outlook on songwriting opened my eyes to being a better writer. He challenged me to think outside of the box and not become stuck in the traditional structure of a pop song when writing. I think this is why “Bedsheets” in particular turned out so interesting!
I’ve been a Coldplay fan for as long as I can remember so definitely them! 🙂
Find Olivia Lunney: Spotify