Canada’s Latest Soul Pop Phenom. - Introducing Olivia Penalva: Judge Away
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posted 11 May 2022 by Krister Axel
A veteran of both American Idol and America’s Got Talent, Penalva has one of those voices that will immediately find a way into your heart.

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Olivia Penalva is Canada’s latest soul pop phenom, with more than 38 million TikTok views for her October 2020 single "Love Me." She's back with another burner, this time the self-affirming and instantly relatable anthem "Judge Away."

A veteran of both American Idol and America’s Got Talent, Penalva has one of those voices that will immediately find a way into your heart. She is owner of Isabelle Music Group and has recently signed to Decoded Music Group/Virgin Music, with co-writing credits that include the likes of Ryan Stewart and Tavish Crowe (Carly Rae Jepsen), Nolan Sipe, Brian Howes and Emily Shackleton.

"Judge Away" leverages the intimacy of a simple riff on the acoustic guitar as Penalva explores the difficult moments of her past, showcasing her emotional intensity and god-given talent for gorgeous vocal tones. Her instinct for elegant, refined storytelling combined with captivating pop hooks is on full display. Keep an eye out for her 6-song EP "Assembly Required" set for release later this year.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist