Photo: Emma Hiley
Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
Uplifting and tranquil, Ollie Wade’s newest single ‘Sweet Life’ hits the high notes perfectly, expressing gratitude and appreciation for the things that make up the singer/songwriter’s life. Without the help of a team or major label, Ollie has helped to prove where hard work and dedication can get you in today’s industry, and his latest release justifies just that.
With over 2.5M streams on Spotify alone, the Winchester-born talent has catalysed a successful music career early on, having started his journey on YouTube, posting acoustic folk-pop covers alongside making vlogs.
He has since gone on to write and release a catalogue of material, including a UK iTunes Top 10 debut EP, ‘Falling’; a Billboard featured co-write. Touring at national level in the past, Ollie Wade has gone on to headline venues such as London’s ‘The Garage”. He has also supported the likes of Tom Odell, Andy Burrows and KT Tunstall as well as playing an intimate gig for The Duchess, Kate Middleton.
Growing up on a diet of Jack Johnson and Damien Rice, as well as taking inspiration from Ed Sheeran and James Bay, Ollie found his way home into the UK singer/songwriter scene. In 2020, he recharged and reconnected with his acoustic folk-pop origins and set the motion going into an exciting career in today’s industry.
As far as his new single is concerned, the meaning behind the song can be found in the sentimental lyrics: “Living is what life is for''. After being hit hard financially by the pandemic and losing a lot of work, Ollie was left to reevaluate his life and to find value in what actually matters. He found that he could find true happiness and fulfilment in his family, friends, relationship and passions, and he also assessed that things with monetary value were no longer important.
Photo: Emma Hiley
As he sings, “Money’s the problem, your mind is the cure”, the inspiration beneath the surface of the song becomes much clearer. With live trumpet, drums and guitars, the feel-good, post-summer track aims to remind listeners not to allow their struggles or momentary sadness pull them deeper - he assures listeners that things will get better, and we need to make the most of our time on earth.
Written and arranged with fellow artist Conan Mac and long-term producer and friend, Patch Boshell, Ollie Wade continues to take 2021 into his own hands and enter a new chapter of his life and career.
“We’ll get rich on life, so don’t get caught up with the way things go sometimes.”
'Sweet Life' is out now on all major streaming platforms.