Angelic vocals that make you feel like you’re being flown to heaven!
The song starts with the gentle piano playing of Patrick Clark, another finalist from Closet's Got Talent. Feeling an immediate a sense of weightlessness, Olivia starts to sing. A 15 year old singer based in Bournemouth, who recently won the 2023 Closet’s Got Talent competition, and to be honest, she could probably win X Factor if she entered. Olivia, has done a cover of a song called Wings which is originally by Birdy. However despite it being a cover, Olivia really makes the song feel like an original!
In the original version of the song, there’s lots of layers of production to the song that makes it feel very busy and can even draw focus away from the vocals themselves. However in Olivia’s version, there’s nothing but piano, and her voice in what feels like a big room with lots of reverb. There are no distractions like drums, or bass, and because of that, you feel like the performance is a bit more intimate. Instead of it being played to an arena of people, you feel like it’s being played to just you and maybe a handful of other people. And that’s what I love about it!
The song no longer feels like a soulless smash pop hit that was only produced for commercial purposes. It feels like an original that was written to help the artist get through a hard time. It’s softer, it’s purer, and all round better. I’m also amazed by Olivia’s control over her voice. The song goes through waves of high angelic falsetto back down into a normal voice, which can be hard to both pull of and sound as natural and fluent as it does in this song.
Speaking of voice control, there’s another great example of this during the verses. Instead of Olivia’s voice being at a constant volume, she dips and rises it, like waves in the ocean. She can go from a really big sounding belt back down to almost a breathy whisper. Her vocal ability is simply phenomenal for someone of her age. The title of the song is called Wings, and I personally couldn’t have thought of a better, more appropriate song than this one for her debut release.
Well done Olivia, and congratulations on winning Closet’s Got Talent. I can’t wait to see where your wings take you to next!
You can stream Wings by Olivia on Spotify and Apple Music.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network