Paul Josef Olsson was born in the state of Michigan and was part of a musical family: His father has a Ph.D. in music and was an avant-garde 12-tone composer and an A&R executive for Motown Records while his mother was a music and voice major.
These days he's better known to his fans as simply PJ Olsson, and Los Angeles has become his home base.
From his first self-titled album in 1998, Olsson's star has continued to rise. He's toured with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, DJ Spooky, Placebo and The The.
PJ caught the attention of Columbia, who in mid-2000 released the album "Words For Living" which has been described as "a post-modern mix of '60s folk-rock and frenetic rave scene rhythms layered over experimental found sounds". "Words For Living" received positive reviews across the nation: The San Francisco Examiner proclaimed: "Star of the future is here, now." Rolling Stone, Newsweek, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair and Bazaar all lauded the CD, while The Chicago Sun-Times hailed it as "an indelible treat from start to finish."
Olsson has received nationwide exposure from an appearance on the David Letterman show and the inclusion of his song "Ready for a Fall" on the soundtrack album for the television show Dawson's Creek.
Olsson's next album "Beautifully Insane" will hopefully be released soon by Columbia records.
In 2003, Olsson began working with Alan Parsons, and has since become the current front-man for the Alan Parsons Live Project concerts. PJ will also appear on Parsons' upcoming release. With early influences from artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Steely Dan, it's no wonder that PJ feels at home in The Alan Parsons Live Project.
For the latest on PJ Olsson, check out his official fan site.
|PJ Olsson Solo Albums|
|"Dust" (indie release)|
|2000||"Words For Living"|
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