Singer / Songwriter
Currently based in Nashville, Oliver Pigott is a singer/songwriter, musician and actor. He's written hundreds of songs in his career, toured and recorded across Europe and North America and acted on both stage and screen. Oliver's time in the entertainment business has seen him as frontman for projects of varying genres, from folk/pop to country, electronic, Americana, soul and rock. He's worked with industry luminaries like Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, UFO), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Esthero) and Dean McTaggart (Wynonna Judd, Amanda Marshall) and recorded in premier studios, including Dark Horse Recording and TennTones in Nashville, Tennessee, Abbey Road in London, England and CBC Studios in Toronto, Canada.
Oliver appeared as a finalist, alongside his brother Sebastian, on the closing season of Canadian Idol. The two went on to perform and record internationally as The Pigott Brothers, writing songs for the CBC Gemini award-winning TV series "Being Erica." Oliver's original music has also been showcased in many feature films, including "Lost Angels", which went on to win awards in Best Feature Film Soundtrack and Best Original Score at film festivals across the USA.
In 2017, Oliver was invited to be the featured vocalist for the War Memorial in Ottawa to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The nationally broadcast program was a touching moment for veterans in attendance, as well as Canadians across the country.
As a session vocalist, Oliver has given his voice to a wide array of commercial spots as well as several TV shows. Notably, his work in the hit TV series "The Next Step" has received attention internationally. The show has aired on Family Channel in Canada, Universal Kids in the US and Children’s BBC in the United Kingdom. It has won many awards over its 7 seasons on air, including awards at the Canadian Screen Awards and the BAFTA British Academy Children’s Award. Oliver's featured vocal on the song “Elevator” has garnered over 2.8 million streams and is one of the show's soundtrack favorites. With this song he crafted an emotional and heartfelt vocal that has become an uplifting anthem for the youth who watch this series.
Today, Oliver spends his time raising his twin sons, teaching music to youth & adults and collaborating with musicians in Nashville. Oliver’s debut American single, "Eyes My Daddy Gave Me" was released on Oct. 20th, 2023. The single was produced by Billboard record producer and Grammy accredited songwriter Clarence Jey and mixed by 2x Grammy award-winning Brandon Bell whose credits include Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, Zach Brown Band, Brandy Clark, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell. "Eyes My Daddy Gave Me" is currently receiving widespread attention across Canada and the US. Oliver was recently invited to perform the song LIVE on television on Good Day Austin - Fox 7 in Austin, TX.
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Born in Toronto, Canada, raised in Portugal and now residing in Nashville TN, Oliver Pigott has a gypsy soul. His music reflects a rich experience of love, loss, triumph and despair, sung with a voice ever-changing from resonant baritone to soaring falsetto.
Oliver’s fascination for musical performance began at the age of nine, when his mother moved him and his siblings to Portugal following their musician father Jacques’s death. Aside from a few photos, all Oliver had left of his dad were his harmonicas and vinyl blues collection, which led him to learn every harmonica lick in the song “Forty Days and Forty Nights” from the Muddy Waters album “Fathers And Sons”. So began a lifelong journey of artistic discovery.
After the family moved back to Canada, Oliver attended an arts high school reminiscent of the movie "Fame", where he majored in Music Theatre. This experience helped solidify his aptitude for the performing arts and prompted him to start his first band, "Laughing Sam's Dice", which would play all-ages events around Toronto at legendary venues like The El Mocambo and The Rivoli.
At the age of 21, he signed a development deal with BMG Music Publishing and spent the next few years writing and gigging in the US and Canada, playing opening sets with renowned musicians like Joe Bonnamassa and Colin Hay and dividing most of his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
Moving to London, UK in his mid-20s, the travelling troubadour fine-tuned his stage persona, playing stages across Britain and Europe. He briefly sang lead vocals for a blues rock band called The Black Hand, recording a three-song demo with English producer Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, UFO) at the famous Abbey Road Studios.
A Canadian Idol casting call brought Oliver back to Toronto, where he auditioned for the TV series along with his brother Sebastian. The two ended up as finalists, subsequently recording and performing internationally as The Pigott Brothers. Their songs "Alien Like You" and "Hard To Go" were featured in the internationally syndicated award-winning TV series "Being Erica."
On the heels of the considerable public attention he'd received, Oliver played the lead role and had his music showcased in the Stan Harrington movie "Lost Angels", which went on to win awards for Best Feature Film Soundtrack and Best Original Score at film festivals across America. More recent accomplishments include being the featured vocalist for the War Memorial in Ottawa to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, playing a gala with Gordon Lightfoot called "Walk You To The Water" (named after one of Pigott's songs) at The CBC's Glenn Gould, and singing lead vocals for the hit song "Elevator" (2.8 million streams) from the TV series "The Next Step". Oliver also once again served as a frontman, this time in the Toronto- based rock band The Celebration Army, touring Ontario and Montreal and opening for iconic Canadian acts like The Trews and David Wilcox.
Now Nashville-based, Oliver is positioned to release a slew of new music. His first American single, "Eyes My Daddy Gave Me", was released October 20th, 2023 on all digital platforms. The track was produced by Billboard record producer and Grammy accredited songwriter Clarence Jey and mixed by 2x Grammy award-winning Brandon Bell (Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, Zach Brown Band, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell). To commemorate this milestone, Oliver filmed a live performance for an intimate audience at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN, to be put out in video form shortly.
With several songs already in preproduction, 2024 is set to be year of new releases for Oliver Pigott, sure to be enthusiastically received by his newfound American audience.