Oliver is all at once a powerful singer, timeless songwriter and explosive performer. His 6'2' stature and outrageously wild hair is only upstaged by his soulful and heartfelt music. His lyrics reflect a streetwise and well traveled soul, and his observations of joy, pain, benevolence, cruelty and social injustice are underscored by an equally intense melding of blues, Americana and rock'n'roll. Oliver first discovered his passion for music at the age of twelve, soon after the passing of his father, a legendary blues harmonica player. He began playing harmonica himself, jamming to his father's vinyl and emulating the styles of Muddy Waters and Elmore James. As a teenager Oliver taught himself guitar and while living in Portugal he began performing in bars along the Algarve. He moved to Toronto and gathered a passionate legion of fans with his band 'Laughing Sam's Dice', playing such legendary clubs as the El Mocambo and The Opera House. At 21 he signed a publishing deal with BMG. Now, a few short years later and armed with some fifty-plus songs, Oliver performs regularly in Toronto to ever-growing numbers of music lovers that yearn for honest and meaningful music. Oliver can be seen performing on the hit television show Canadian Idol as one of the top 24 competitors.