Colour of Music
Olio features Arif on vocals and lead guitar, DeHaven on drums and vocals, along with R&B / Gospel Diva Debbie Dee supplying background vocals. The live band also includes some of the industry's top players, Alex Evans, who plays for K-Ci & JoJo, Boys II Men, Usher and American Idol Kelly Clarkson. Joining them on stage is Bennett Paysinger, the well known and most sought after keyboard player for Beyoncé, Destiny's Child and Monica. Musically, they infuse a sound that is all their own; lyrics that mirror day to day living as well as global, social and economic issues. Olio's melodic beats are powerful yet catchy. A writer once said, 'They do an interesting sound where rock, funk, soul and pop are put together in a fantastic way'. In their latest CD, Colour of Music, Olio introduces you to their philosophies while expressing their ideas, along with questions about everyday elements of life that we seem readily open to accept. The lyrics invite you to stop and think about the world and issues around us, and reminds you to think about what is really important. The song 'Gift of a Smile' encourages you to celebrate life today and to unlock yourself from the monotony of day-to-day living. Various artists including Prince, The Police, Sade, and Meshell Ndegeocello have influenced Olio musically and it is obvious that their tastes are intelligent. When you listen to Olio you not only hear this impression, but it also compliments these great artists. The message of Olio is simple and challenging at the same time, be open to everything musically and in life.