Featured Expo-ite—Olivia Rudeen Signed to Song Factory

Olivia Rudeen grew up in Denver, Colorado with beautiful mountain vistas as the backdrop to her childhood and young adult years. This ever-present beauty may well have been an integral part of the intensely creative nature she developed.

After graduating with a degree in Music Industry Studies from the University of Colorado Denver, the two-time winner of the Durango Songwriters Expo Write-With-A-Hit-Maker (WWAHM) contest packed her car and headed east to the city where songwriting is a way of life: Nashville, Tennessee.

Olivia’s co-written song, “Better Off” was featured on the ABC Family series “Jane By Design.”

Olivia has shared stages large and small with a variety of national acts including the Grammy-nominated four-piece group DeVotchka and American Idol winner Lee Dewyze. Her latest EP, released in September 2012, was produced by Jimmy Stofer of The Fray and Rosehill Drive.

Olivia recently signed her first publishing deal with the Song Factory team and is currently working with top writers and artists throughout the U.S.

You can hear Olivia's music on the Song Factory website.

Read what Oliva has to say about the Durango Songwriters Expo!

"The Durango Songwriters Expo has been an invaluable part of my life and career. Since I started attending in 2010, the connections I’ve made at Durango have led to TV placements, live performance opportunities, and amazing collaborations. I recently signed with a Nashville publisher who I met as a result of the live showcase portion of the 2013 Santa Barbara Expo, which is something that I’ll always be grateful to DSE for. And, some of my best friends in the world are people I’ve met at Durango. I feel so lucky to be a part of this incredible community."  —Olivia Rudeen