“Gold” Olivia Rose

Donna Block
6 min readApr 7, 2021


Olivia Rose, who grew up in Elk Point, Alberta, before relocating to Edmonton, began writing songs before her 10th birthday, taking cues from the greats like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Even at such a young age, her compositions struck a chord with listeners and quickly earned her a litany of accolades.

You shared that summer in your hometown of Elk Point is your favorite — “the rolling Alberta prairies, the long grass dancing in the warm wind.” The town is surrounded by trails, lakes, wildlife, and outdoor hobbies. Besides Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail, where else would you take a first-time visitor?

I’d definitely take them quadding out at my auntie’s farm because her house is surrounded by gorgeous hills and valleys that are super fun to rip around on! And afterwards, I’d take them to our little burger joint called Burger Bar to get my favourite menu items .. a chicken burger, cheese bites, mushroom bites and a vanilla milkshake!

Growing up, listening to Real Country 97.7 on the radio, which artists most influenced your decision to pursue a career in country music?

Definitely the voices of incredible female artists like Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. Their songs and voices really inspired a very young Olivia to sing and write my heart out!

Canadian country legend George Canyon invited you on stage to perform your debut single, “Makeup to Mud,” as a teenager. Can you describe the experience that was one of your first big breaks?

Back in 2013, I was the intermission performer for a George Canyon show at the Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan! I was having the time of my life entertaining the wonderful country lovers at the show and