Olivia Ooms Pays Homage to Her Roots With 'California Country': Exclusive

Olivia Ooms
Rob Shanahan

Olivia Ooms

California native Olivia Ooms pays tribute to her home state on the infectious “California Country,” the video for which Billboard premieres today (Sept. 30).

Images of palm trees, surfers and the picturesque California coast are seen throughout the video, which features Ooms sultry vocals and descriptive storyline.

“I write about what I know and what I dream about,” Ooms tells Billboard of the song, which name drops other country artists from the Golden State including Jon Pardi and Brett Young. “As I grow in my music, I hope to connect with people from all over the world and relate to them finding common ground no matter where any of us call home.”

Ooms served as co-director of the video alongside director David Javier, and co-wrote "California Country" with Jamie O’Neal. The idea for the storyline’s road trip came after she spent some time camping down the coast of California.

When discussing possible storylines for this music video with my director, the idea of road-tripping with my band took on a life of its own. I knew how visually appealing we could make it,” she says. “Living by the beach is something I never take for granted and appreciate the unique opportunity I have. There’s inspiration for writing everywhere I look.”

Ooms spends her time juggling high school and a career in music. Currently, she’s part of a performing arts magnet program and she recently earned an emerging entertainer spot as part of CMT’s Artist Discovery Program. Ooms is also the first female country artist featured on Radio Disney's RDYou Station.

The video for “California Country” is below.