26-year-old Ollie Wade has never been shy of showing his vulnerable side within his songwriting. His honest and carefully crafted lyrics, paired with the raw emotion in his vocal help tell the story of Ollie's journey into adulthood. From young love lost and found to the sensitive subject of mental health, Ollie strives to connect with his audience on a personal level.
Born in Winchester, Hampshire Ollie started his career on YouTube by posting acoustic folk-pop renditions of popular songs alongside making vlogs. It wasn't long before Ollie began to earn a following online and at the age of 17, he released his first single, 'Free' into the world. Written as a tribute and legacy to his late brother, Ben, Ollie set out to raise money for a children's hospice that his brother used to attend called, Naomi House. This attracted the attention of the country's media and led to coverage on national television, radio and an intimate performance to the Duchess, Kate Middleton. Inspired by the reaction to his first-ever song, Ollie pursued a career into the music industry.
After spending some time discovering his sound and working on his craft, Ollie released his first proper single as an artist in 2015 followed up by his debut EP, 'Falling' which landed in the top 10 UK iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. He has since gone on to write and release a catalogue of material including a fundraising single, 'Fly Away' for the charity, Dreamflight; a Billboard featured co-write and over half a million streams as an artist and songwriter. Having also toured at a national level, Ollie Wade has headlined venues such as London's 'Borderline' and 'The Garage'; played at Chris Evan's 'CarFest' and supported the likes of 'Tom Odell', 'Andy Burrows, 'KT Tunstall' and 'The Feeling'.
Growing up to likes of 'Jack Johnson' and 'Damien Rice' and taking inspiration from artists such' as 'Ed Sheeran' and 'Ben Howard' in his teenage years, Ollie found his way home into the UK Singer-Songwriter scene. 2020 has seen Ollie reconnect with his acoustic folk-pop side and his releases this year have proved to be his most successful yet.