Award-winning songwriter Olivia Foa’i to release second album

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Award-winning songwriter Olivia Foa’i, with 1.4 million monthly Spotify listeners, is about to release her second album. The next single, ‘Nada’ comes out on Oct 13th, and Olivia’s second album “Tumau Pea” is set for release on the 2nd of November. 

The sophomore album Tūmau Pea (“everlasting”) is to continue her signature blend of Pacific Island sounds and modern Pop/R&B. 

The 9 track album will include the singles Sunlight, for which Olivia recently won “Best Female Artist” and “Best Language song” at the Pacific Music Awards, and Mai Anamua, a song written entirely in Tokelauan for which Olivia was featured in The Guardian – “in the push to revive threatened Pacific languages through the song”. The addition of Abraham Kunin as producer alongside Olivia’s brother, Matatia Foa’i, broadens the palette further into the contemporary R&B/soul realm than her first album, Candid, with songs like Party for one and the final single, Nada, which will be released on October 13. 

“For me, this album has been a search for meaning and meaningful things that last. In a world where much is fast and temporary, I found inspiration in the long term, the patient, the wholesome, the fulfilling” – Olivia Foa’i. 

Olivia is Tokelauan, Tuvaluan, and British, born in New Zealand and resides in Australia. She is a recording artist, dancer, and director with a lifelong career championing her Pacific Island roots on the world stage. Coming from musical parents Opetaia and Julie Foa’i, she grew up in their internationally acclaimed Polynesian band, Te Vaka, performing with them for 20+ years in around 40 countries.

At only 12 years old she performed with the bar at the Rugby World Cup in Paris and the Beijing Olympics the following year. Eleven albums and many world tours later, Te Vaka became involved in Disney’s Moana soundtrack (2016), wherein Olivia sang the opening song Tulou Tagaloa, amongst several other features throughout the film’s soundtrack.

In 2017, Olivia Directed, co-produced, and starred in the music video Lakalaka, a pan-pacific cultural celebration released through Walt Disney Records and played at Disney resorts worldwide for months after its release.

In 2019, Olivia debuted as a solo artist with Candid, which earned her ‘Best Pacific Album’ at the Aotearoa Music Awards and ‘Best Female Artist’ at the Pacific Music Awards 2020.