Nonesuch Records signs BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Olivia Chaney‏

November 21, 2013






‘Olivia Chaney has one of the greatest voices in English folk music.’

fRoots – June 2013 cover feature


‘Boldly eclectic… highly individual… elegantly impressive.’ 


‘A star in the making.’


 ‘Pure-voiced romanticism, reminiscent of Anne Briggs at her most pre-Raphaelite.’



London-based singer/songwriter Olivia Chaney has signed a worldwide deal with Nonesuch Records.  The deal coincides with the announcement of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, for which Chaney has received two nominations – the Horizon Award for best emerging artist, and Best Original Song for ‘Swimming In The Longest River’.  Chaney will release her debut album in 2014.  Further details about the album and its release will be announced shortly, as will upcoming tour dates.

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist and accomplished lyricist and vocalist, Olivia Chaney graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and learnt the guitar from her father’s renditions of Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention and Bert Jansch, amongst others.  Since then she has built a loyal and growing following, both in the UK and internationally, through her acclaimed live performances, as a solo artist and also in collaboration with a diverse range of artists, including Alasdair Roberts, Zero 7 and The Labèque Sisters.  In February 2013 she self-released her eponymous debut EP, which has found her further fans with media and public alike.  Co-produced with Leo Abrahams, it included the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominated-song ‘Swimming in The Longest River’, as well as ‘The King’s Horses’, a track that ‘confirms Chaney’s arrival as a major talent’, according to BBC Music.

Olivia Chaney commented, “I grew up listening to Nonesuch's eclectic output,
from Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson to traditional American music,
 Emmylou Harris and Oumou Sangaré; and not least my two heroines, the late Lorraine Hunt
Lieberson and Joni Mitchell.  Nonesuch encompasses everything I've searched and stood
 for since I was a child.  To be welcomed into such a great musical ethos
 is a dream come true.”

David Bither, Senior Vice President of Nonesuch Records, added, “We are very happy to begin working with Olivia.  She possesses a remarkable wealth of talents, as a singer, a musician, a songwriter – those moments of hearing such an artist for the first time are specially momentous and we look forward to presenting her debut album next year.”

Nonesuch Records, founded in 1964, pursues a broad artistic mission, including classical music, contemporary music, jazz, traditional American and world music, popular and alternative music, music theater and dance.  Artists include John Adams, Devendra Banhart, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ry Cooder, Jeremy Denk, Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, k.d. lang, Brad Mehldau, Natalie Merchant, Pat Metheny, Randy Newman, Steve Reich, Chris Thile, and Rokia Traoré.  Nonesuch has enjoyed considerable worldwide success recently with The Black Keys, and this month released the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis, produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel and Ethan Coen and featuring performances by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Carey Mulligan, and Nonesuch’s Punch Brothers.

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