The trio of Livy, Matt, & Sam is among the 48 acts on America’s Got Talent that will progress to the live shows at Radio City Music Hall this week. They’ve fared well in the competition so far, and now it’ll be up to America to decide if they should be the group that brings home the $1 million prize. Their lead singer, Olivia Millerschin, has been singing since she was 8, and hopes that her voice, along with her friends’ instrumental talents, will be enough to win over America’s hearts.
Here’s what you need to know about the singer:
1. She Plays 4 Instruments
We’re used to watching Millerschin rock out on the ukulele, but the Michigan teen can also play the piano, guitar, and triangle. She’s setting her sights even higher these days by learning to play the mandolin, banjo, and accordion as well.
After releasing an Ep called Planted in 2012, Millerschin created a full-length album called Yes. No. Maybe So. She told The Rock War that she’s a huge fan of albums over EPs or singles despite the fact that most people her age don’t listen to full-length albums in their free time.One of Millerschin’s original songs, Over the Weather, chronicles her freshman year at college this past year. The singer was inspired to write a song about what it was like being surrounded by people her own age– something she’s not used to since she works with people much older than herself back home.
So this year was my first year at college and I learned a lot since I’m not used to being around people my age like hanging out with people my age a lot since I work so much with people who are older than me in music so I learned a lot from witnessing people my own age just learning and being out on their own.
She went on to write on her own personal website,
I have always connected so well with people who are older than me, so it’s been interesting getting to know so many people my own age at college and seeing what makes them tick.
2. The Group Formed a Trio To Compete on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Livy, Matt, and Sammy formed their trio band for the sole purpose of competing on America’s Got Talent this season. Olivia (Livy in the band) met Matt Heim in seventh grade science class, and brought in Sammy Affer later for his songwriting skills.
Millerschin admitted to WKZO that the most difficult part of being on of AGT can be sitting around and waiting to perform.
We’re doing a lot of sitting and waiting, and we don’t really get a lot of time, but luckily, the producers help us out a little bit with that.
Though everyone in the band is a songwriter, they haven’t performed any original music on the show.
3. She Was Nominated For LA’s 2014 Music Critics Award
Millerschin was nominated for this award for her original song, “We Know Not!” The LA Music Critic Awards, or LACMA, aim to uncover new, undiscovered musical acts across the US. This year, they received so many submissions that they decided to name two sets of winners.
Millerschin was one of the recipients of the Best Video category, along with six other winners. Check out the video that won her the competition above.
4. She Toured With Teddy Geiger and Tyler Hilton
The Detroit native finds that taking a stroll every day allows her to clear her head and think of new lyrics. She was inspired to get into music by her grandmother, who was an opera singer. Around age eleven, she began writing her own music and performing in local coffee shops.
Millerschin told The Rock War that she’s heavily influenced by John Mayer, Nora Jones, and Ingrid Michaelson.
5. She Was Nominated for 2 Detroit Music Awards In 2014
Along with being a finalist for ‘Best Acoustic/Folk Vocalist’ and ‘Best Acoustic/Folk Recording’ at the 2014 Detroit Music Awards, Millerschin won the 2014 John Lennon songwriting competition for her song “Screw Valentine’s Day.” Under the representation of Fieldhouse Music, Millerschin’s “anti-love song” and “Screw Valentines Day” have been played at Kohl’s and Forever 21 locations across the US.