Last night marked the season finale of ABC’s summer music competition show called Duets. 8 contestants from all over the country had a once of a lifetime opportunity to pair off with superstar judges that they auditioned for. Throughout the season they would practice and share the stage with music icons such as John Legend, Kelly Clarksen, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Amongst the eight contestants, was polynesian american music artist Olivia Dawnetta Chisholm from North Carolina.
Chisholm who was featured on TheWhatItDo a while ago, auditioned for the show and was one of eight contestants to compete for a grand prize record deal with Hollywood Records. Catching up with Olivia after the season finale show was a delight because at just 21 years old, she has reached incredible heights.
TWID: What are your plans now that the show is over?
Chisholm: I plan to go back home to North Carolina and work on my music. This show has taught me a lot and has given me the confidence to take my music to the next level.
TWID: How was it having Robin Thicke as your coach?
Chisholm: It was amazing. I’ve learned so much from him and he has encouraged me to keep going and that’s what I am going to do. He is very kind and was very sincere when he worked with me. I absolutely loved working with him.
TWID: When people ask you what your nationality is, how do you respond?
Chisholm: It’s hard for most people to figure out what I am because they know I’m mixed with something, they just don’t know what it is. I let them know that I’m half black and half tongan and they are usually surprised by that mix because they’ve never heard of it before. I’m very proud to come from two cultures that help define me.
TWID: How can we find you online?
Olivia knows what she wants and is the most focused female urban island artist out there. Her music is geared towards R&B, Pop and Jazz with a dash of island influence. Her humility and sweetness has an inviting energy that people gravitate to. Watching her interact with people after the show was awesome to see a young lady be so kind to strangers was inspiring. Her style is similar to Sade where her music is timeless and a mellow smoothness to her vocals. The friendships she’s gained being on Duets is not only special but they are her new family. Be on the look out for Chisholm with new music and a solid refreshed attitude that exudes confidence and that’s WhatItDo.
Article Written By: Elizabeth Lavulo