Ollerton's self-titled debut is not what you would expect a teenage kid to create and produce while still in the middle of high school. While his peers were interested in normal teenage activities, Russell Ollerton nurtured a growing obsession for songwriting and the eventual goal of releasing an album starting at the age of 16. Not knowing anything about how such a thing was done, he began studying books and asking questions, working afterschools at an electronics store on minimum wage and expirementing. Starting out with a cheap electric guitar and a 4-track recorder, his knowledge and equipment list grew to a decent digital recording set-up and a plethora of instruments ranging from the standard accoustic guitar to the not-so-standard accordion to a cheap violin he bought for twenty dollars. Mixing guitars, vocals, grand piano and quite a few other instruments into his songs, he created a full-length album. Featured in a local newspaper, playing shows all around the bay area, being filmed by PBS and spreading his music through the internet and iTunes, Ollerton continues to spread his music to those craving heartfelt messages and melodies.
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