Songs of a Phoenix
Ollie comes from a background where God, education, creativity, music and literature were important, generally in that order. From early childhood to the present, the qualities resulting from exposure to the 'best' in these arenas has provided a unique advantage in her life's development. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was the genesis for development, God was the source. From early childhood to a young adult, after many years of being 'a big fish in a small pond', Ollie ventured to Howard University, where she encountered the 'big fish in a big pond'. She shied away from a career in music, graduating to become a very successful career bureaucrat. Moving from Washington, D.C. to northern California, she used her professional success to underwrite her creativity in drama and music production. As a composer, she has written and published numerous songs, and as a playwright mounted several original plays, in which many of her songs have been used. Like the PHOENIX bird of mythology, she has shaken the dust from her feet that would have hindered a lesser spirit. Trusting God to make the difference, and with the voices of a few chosen, extremely talented friends, we now can hear "THE SONGS OF A PHOENIX". (Without 'dropping names'), it is apparent that Ollie has had the privilege of learning from the 'greatest' in gospel music. The results can be heard in the wide range of genres covered by her compositions. Then, God's anointing in her life has ensured that the Biblical truth required of real 'Gospel' music is clear and unabridged in every song...even her love song ("My Love for You"). Her life can be heard in more than just the melodies; the words speak to experiences she has 'overcome', through the power of God deliverance. This is Ollie's second effort as a producer, but the very first of music totally composed by her. Listen closely to the songs; the music and the lyrics. They tell the story of a heart inclined to God, yielding every talent, every gift back to Him. Not comparing herself to others, nor turning away from the challenges that will surely come, the PHOENIX rises again, in song and spirit. Expect to hear this music, see her play productions, and hear her spoken message as she embarks on a nationwide ministry work to reach souls for Christ. For those who really know her, it is expected and hoped that Ollie will sing more on her next project...then we will really be able to grasp the magnificence of this PHOENIX.