Introducing the Eminem of country music. Well, sort of. Robyn Ottolini makes music that will either piss you off or make you fall in love with her. Maybe a little of both. Raised in a small town outside of Toronto called Uxbridge, Ottolini has been treating songwriting like a diary since the age of 13. The homegrown artist has taken cues in recent years from the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris, infusing her lyrics with honesty and fearlessness. Ottolini had already released two independent projects, including The I’m Not Always Hilarious EP, and earned a Rising Star Award nomination at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards before connecting with a global audience through TikTok. The raw relatability of her hit “F-150” resonated with fans, who drove it to No. 4 on Spotify’s all-genre US Viral 50 chat and No.3 on Rolling Stone’s all-genre Trending 25. “F-150” soon made its way down to Music City, where it reached the ears of the team at Warner Music Nashville – and never left. Within weeks, Ottolini had signed with WMN in the most 2020 way possible: in her pajamas, on her bed. With more than 40 million streams already to her name, the singer / songwriter’s unfiltered vulnerability is clearly connecting. Buckle up for 2021.
Thursday, July 15
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