While preparing to move back to his London roots after ten years living in NY, keys man, singer, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger assembled some of his favorite musicians to join him on a new recording. Sessions took place amidst flights to and from the UK in his final stretch as a full-time New Yorker. It was through the sweat of packing boxes amidst the uncertainty and excitement of embarking on this new chapter that Sovereign was born. Oli called on some trusted alliances from his acclaimed Old Habits in Jordan Perlson (drums), Jordan Scannella (bass), John Shannon (guitar) and co-producer Chris Abell, and also on some more recent ones in Ryan Scott (guitar), Owen Biddle (bass), Zach Danziger (drums/programming/additional production) and Hannah Read (background vocals) – his NY musical family. Shortly after finishing the record, Oli was invited to join the band of one of his favorite artists, the multi-award winning UK songstress Laura Mvula, with whom he went on to tour extensively for 16 months with highlights including Glastonbury Main Stage, Jools Holland, The Lincoln Center, Afropunk NY and The Barbican wi/London Symphony Orchestra. Now emerging from his move and recent travels with his feet planted firmly on UK soil, Oli brings Sovereign home, looking ahead to his forthcoming UK Oct tour & Oct 20 record release in partnership with leading London based indie label Whirlwind Recordings.

During his time in NY, Oli shared studios & stages with acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse Harris, John Mayer and Judy Collins, and with iconic Jazz/Soul/R&B instrumentalists Steve Gadd, Will Lee, Levon Helm, Steve Jordan, Nathan East and multi-grammy award winner Randy Brecker as a member of his touring band. Now based in London, Oli continues to work internationally as an in-demand recording/touring sideman & songwriter, with recent collaborations including Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven, Jordan Rakei, Fridolijn, Terrane and Louis Cole, in addition to his ongoing work with Ms Mvula. A Full Tuition Scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music, Oli is also a respected music educator, with workshop highlights to date including Steinway & Sons, University of North Florida, Berklee, Jazzaar, Tisch and ICMP, and remains a sought after coach and mentor to many up and coming musicians.

See him Oct 19/20 @ Pizza Express Holborn CD Release Shows & Nov 14 @ EFG London Jazz  Soho Pizza Exp  

FULL LIST OF UPCOMING SHOWS HERE                                    

 Upcoming selects...

>Sept 9, Bestival (UK)           wi/Laura Mvula

>Sept 10, Festival No.6 (Wales)      wi/Laura Mvula                     

>Oct 11, The Brook (So'ton)              wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 12, Soundcellar (Poole)           wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN,   

>Oct, 13, Eastside Jazz (B'ham)      wi/Oli Rockberger Sovereign     







production, writing, arranging, keys & vox


Additional recording/performing credits include....

Common, Steve Jordan, David Ryan Harris, Nathan East, Judy Collins, Billy Cobham, Jackie De Shannon, Larry Grenadier, Gregoire Maret, Eric Harland,       Troy Miller, Jef Lee Johnson, Les McCann, Chuck Loeb, Christine Tobin, Ari Hest, Ben Taylor, John Forte, Charlie Hunter, Mark Giuliana, Hiram Bullock, Donna Lewis,  Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, Rebecca Ferguson, Matt Pierson, Phil Ramone, Carly Simon. John Mayer, Levon Helm, Steve Gadd, Charlotte OC, Jordan Rakei, Matt Cusson, Greg Trooper, Terrane, Christina Courtin, Ryan Scott, Femi Temowo, Chris Velan, Iestyn Polson, Jesse Harris, Chrissi Poland, Jodie Abacus, Will Lee, Willie Nile, Mike Scott, Bob Reynolds,, Aaron Comess, Tony Scherr, Fridolijn, Caroline Chevin, Doug Wamble, Lizzy Cuesta   




      press: Emma Perry PR  

    label: Whirlwind Recordings

     all other inquiries: Management



>Sept 9, Bestival (Dorset) wi/Laura Mvula 

               >Sept 10, Festival No.6 (Portmeiron) wi/Laura Mvula                     

>Oct 11, The Brook (So'ton) wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 12, Soundcellar (Poole) wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

 >Oct 13, Eastside Jazz Club (B'ham) wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN  

>Oct 15th, JATA (Bristol) wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN  

>Oct 17th, TBC Glasgow wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 18, TheJazz Bar (Edinburgh) wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 19 & 20, Pizza Express (Holborn)  LONDON Sovereign Album Launch Shows

>Oct 22, Alexander's (Chester) wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 23, Ropetackle Arts wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

       >Oct 30, Slaughtered Lamb wi/Hannah Read 

                 >Nov 14, EFG London Jazz Festival wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN    

 >Nov 15 & 16, Ronnie Scotts wi/Becca Stevens 

                >Nov 18 TBC Dundee wi/Becca Stevens

                                 >Nov 19 TBC Aberdeen wi/Becca            

                    >Dec 31, Afropunk Fest JBurg wi/Laura Mvula