Houghton, Houghton County, Michigan, United States
Olsson has seen life from the other side of the business, with a decade of experience in both major-label and independent situations. Despite three albums (1998’s P.J. Olsson, 1999’s Words for Living and 2005’s Beautifully Insane) acclaimed both for their bold 21st century troubadour combinations of traditional instruments and innovatively utilized electronics and his often-revealing lyrics, he had little commercial success. In fact, what was probably his biggest break came not via the standard avenues but when his carefree ode “The Whistle Song” (which did, indeed, feature him doing some rather jaunty whistling) was used in a nationwide 2004 Starburst candy TV commercial. That followed his previous breakthrough with the song “Ready for a Fall,” from Words for Living, which struck a chord with fans after being featured in Dawson’s Creek, which led to a prime spot on the Platinum soundtrack album Songs From Dawson’s Creek – Volume 1.
(excerpt from official biography)
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