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Halifax, NS – East Coast R&B songstress, Kirsten Olivia, just dropped the lead single from her soon-to-be released EP, The Here And Now (T.H.A.N). The track, “Stay Away” features a warm introduction and rap verse from HipHopCanada regular, Kayo. Kirsten even spits a couple bars herself!

“The song is a really fun summer jam, influenced by 90′s hip-hop/R&B. Yogi (Da Producer) was able to really capture the vibe I wanted,” said Olivia. ”His skill, combined with a Timbaland drum sample brought me to my happy place! Kayo’s verse added the perfect touch and really completed the track.”

Kirsten Olivia will release The Here And Now via digital download on July 4. The six-track EP features the production of Johann “YogiDaProducer” Deterville, as well as artwork by Seamz, and photography by Kay Dorrington. ”The project is an ode to the past, learning from it, leaving it where it belongs, and experiencing the present in a positive light,” said Olivia. Check out “Stay Away” below.

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About Kirsten Olivia

Influenced by R&B Artists like Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Monica and so many influential and timeless female vocalists, Kirsten Olivia’s music is both organic and perfectly calculated. Her performance is full of attitude, a hint of vulnerability and bursting with empowered femininity.

“Her heartfelt performances are a perfect opportunity to feel refreshed and inspired.” – Halifax Jazz Festival

Originally from the community of East Preston, Nova Scotia, Kirsten is accredited as a gifted singer, songwriter and actress by her peers and critics alike. After graduating from school, she began to pursue a career in the arts full time and her talents have been in high demand. The future is looking bright. Kirsten has won several talent competitions, participated in Halifax Jazz Fest’s Galaxie Rising Star Competition and received the African Nova Scotian Music Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2013. During the Music Awards celebration she opened for Canadian R&B sensation Divine Brown. Kirsten has also performed at East Coast Music Week, and Nova Scotia Music Week and in November 2013 in Sydney, NS where she opened for Canadian hip-hop artist “Classified.”

Kirsten Olivia is set to perform at Halifax’s Jazz festival on July 9th, with the legendary Bettye LaVette and will be making a guest appearance on July 5th, during Kayo’s set when he opens for Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), promoting the single on which Kayo is featured.

Check Kirsten Olivia out on Soundcloud.


Twitter: @KirstenOlivia

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