Sounds of Sundance 2018: Steven Lee Olsen

He loves The Lion King. We love The Lion King. And though under any other circumstance that would be enough for an insta-best friends for life situation, there’s so much more to the Canadian artist. Find out here.


Describe your sound in three words:
Rhythmic Country Soul.

What’s your favorite F-word?
FU&# by occurrence.

Song you can never get out of your head?
“Love In An Elevator.”

Any pre-performance rituals?
Call my girlfriend, warm up, shoot one down.

Last thing you ordered at a drive-thru?

One film you want to see at the fest?

Who are you most excited to spot at the fest? Celeb or otherwise.
Danny McBride

Elevator pitch us your idea for a film that would screen at SFF.
A baby lion cub who’s destined to be king has to fight through life once his father is suddenly murdered by a family member. Confused, he abandons his home, and his rightful place as King. He then meets some unsuspecting friends in the jungle and…

One thing you’d like to change about your industry?
I think a little more transparency would go a long way.

One thing you’d never change about your industry?
I’d hope to god the sense of community in Nashville never changes. It’s magic.

What’s next for you?
Well, we’re releasing new music this Spring. Hittin’ the road.

The 2018 Sundance ASCAP Music Café is located at the Rich Haines Gallery (751 Main Street, Park City, UT) and is open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older).

Steven Lee Olsen performs on Thursday, 1/25, at 3:30 p.m. and on Friday, 1/26, at 2:45 p.m. as part of the CMA Songwriters Series.


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