Olivia Lane Talks Touring With Easton Corbin, New Single 'You Part Two' & Dating a 'Basic Boy'

Kevin White
Olivia Lane

Things are definitely looking bright in the world of Olivia Lane these days.

“You Part Two,” her current Big Spark single, is gaining traction at stations across the country (it was hailed as one of Tomorrow’s Hits last month in a Billboard column). With a schedule that's filling up seemingly by the minute, the Texas native took time out to chat about her new record -- and her shopping addiction.

You’ve been very busy this summer, opening for acts like Wynonna, Kip Moore and Easton Corbin. What has that experience been like?

I loved hanging out with Easton Corbin and all of his guys. It’s really a treat when you get to meet the people you’re opening up for and they’re actually human to you, and they take time to watch your set. His crew is so down-to-earth. They were so nice, and getting to watch a performer like him is like a grad school of what I’m doing now in my life. That was the first time I had played for a crowd where so many of them knew my music and were actually singing along. That really lit up my life.

Tomorrow's Hits: Olivia Lane, 'You Part 2'

Your video for “You Part Two” opens up with a text conversation. That seems like a modern-day approach to dating.

We wanted it to be very millennial-catered. I literally just called up a bunch of my friends and asked them to come over -- and oh, yeah, we were shooting a music video. I co-directed it with a good friend of mine, and we talked about how we were going to intro it, and I said, "Let’s do a cell-phone texting thing." So we did it, and it turned out really well.

Is the song from personal experience?

I was running one day, and that’s where I get a lot of my ideas. I was thinking about this guy I dated in college. We tried to get back together, but he just ruined it. I thought, "I don’t need another you, part two." I went in with this idea of writing about a sequel to a relationship and not wanting to rehash it. I told my co-writer Danny Myrick that there were a couple of things we needed to put in there. We had to have the term "basic boy" in a song, because he was nothing but basic! I also had this idea of having a rap in it. We did one version of it with the rap and another one without it.

You were recently featured on a CNNMoney profile of Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, Tenn., where Taylor Swift recorded her debut album and other acts like Tim McGraw and Neil Diamond have recorded. That must have been a thrill.

Being there, you just really feel the magic in the walls. You can feel the energy of how the art has been created there. The owner was there when we were doing a writers’ retreat in February. He called about doing the CNN thing, and said, "Hey, we need an artist to come play some music for it." We recorded a couple of songs there, and right now they are working on the live set, so it’s really cool to be part of such a Nashville phenomenon.

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You received your degree in theater from USC. What was it like attending school there?

I loved it. It was a really good artistic haven. There are so many film and music people that go there. They had songwriting and performance classes. I realized how much I loved songwriting. That was when I came to Nashville during the summer and started to intern at different places. USC was a great place to experiment artistic-wise -- and party! It’s a way of life. I never did care much for the football games, but I was really good at tailgating.

You were recently selected for the Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star national campaign. Tell us more about that.

iHeart and Macy’s have a competition for top 25 independent artists. The top person will be able to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was all genres, and I was in good company with a bunch of other artists like Chris Lane and Rachele Lynae. It was great exposure, especially being an independent artist. You try to get your music out there any way you can, and when you don’t have big label support, it’s even harder. The fact that Macy’s gave me a chance to get my music out there is really awesome.

With that said, what are your favorite items to shop for at Macy’s?

Definitely, shoes! I love my heels, especially my bootie heels, for sure. I love makeup, that’s for sure.


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