Olivia Harms was born Western Music royalty, but the rhinestone cowgirl stepped out on her own to
craft a sound that is equal parts Bakersfield, Texas, and Nashville country.
The daughter of Western Music Hall of Fame member Joni Harms, Olivia grew up on a 150-year-old farm
in Canby, Ore., and made her first appearance on stage when she was two days old. Her mother had labor induced so she wouldn’t miss her show. Twenty-six years later, Olivia is following in her creative
Olivia’s second album “Rhinestone Cowgirl” is available now. Produced by D. Scott Miller, the 11-song collection calls out to the cowboys, name-drops George Strait, swings through Buckaroo territory and packs plenty of twang and steel guitar. Olivia co-wrote every song. “I was going for a very traditional country vibe, but with some Bakersfield and of some country-western
swing to bring back honky-tonks.” Olivia explained. “I think it boiled down to very traditional ‘90s-style
Her artistic identity has been honed since she was an infant. The singer grew up performing on stages with her mother. Olivia remembers yodeling in Europe and singing “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” in New Zealand.” When she was 6 years old, Santa Claus delivered her first guitar and sparked her love of songwriting. Ten years later, Olivia came to Nashville to record her first album. She was 16 years old, Taylor Swift was queen and Olivia was brimming with adoration for contemporary country music. It didn’t take her long to remember her roots and creatively steer back to the tenets of her authentic Western sound.
In the meantime, she structured her backup plan. Since Olivia grew up on a century farm, agriculture is her second passion. She graduated college with a degree in agriculture business management. Then she dove headfirst into the music business. Olivia books shows, handles public relations, and manages social
media accounts in addition to writing, recording and playing more than 120 shows a year. “I try to be a one-woman production,” she said.
In 2019, Olivia was ready to head back to Music City to record her second album. She wrote songs with noted country writers including Wood Newton (The Oak Ridge Boys “Bobbie Sue,” Kenny Rogers “20 Years Ago”) and Dennis Morgan (Barbara Mandrell “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Ronnie
Milsap “Smoky Mountain Rain.”) After interviewing producers, she knew D. Scott Miller understood her vision. The pandemic forced her to reschedule recording twice, but as restrictions lifted, Olivia and her mother came to Nashville and she made the album. From her autobiographical “Gypsy” to the lighthearted “Hey There Cowboy” and the deeply personal “Goodbye,” “Rhinestone Cowgirl” is Olivia Harms.
“The best thing for me to be doing is playing music about what I love and what I know and who I am,” Olivia said. “That way, hopefully, my listeners can connect to it even more.” These days, Olivia splits her time between Nashville and Oregon. Regardless of where she hangs her hat, she’s well in touch with her Western roots.