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 around flights to and from the UK in his final stretch as a full-time New Yorker, and it was amidst the uncertainty and excitement of embarking on this new chapter, through the sweat of packing boxes and hatching new plans, that Sovereign was born. Oli called on some trusted alliances from his previous album 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), 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 the US, Oli shared studios & stages with acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse Harris, John Mayer, Levon Helm, Judy Collins and Gloria Gaynor, and with iconic Jazz/Soul/R&B instrumentalists Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Nathan East, Will Lee, Chris 'Daddy' Dave, and Randy Brecker. Now based in London, for the last year Oli has been a member of prodigious UK songstress Laura Mvula's touring band, with highlights including Glastonbury Main Stage, Jools Holland, The Lincoln Center, Afropunk NY and The Barbican wi/London Symphony Orchestra, Other recent collaborations include Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven, Jordan Rakei, Louis Cole, Terrane, Hannah Read and Fridolijn.
>Oct, 18th, The Jazz Bar (EDI) Oli Rockberger 'Sovereign' wi/Hannah Read, Giorgio Serci, Marijus Aleksa, Michael Janisch
>Oct 19/20, Pizza Exp (Holborn) Oli Rockberger "Sovereign' ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS wi/Hannah Read, Giorgio Serci, Marijus Aleksa, Michael Janisch
>Oct 23 Ropetackle (Shoreham) Oli Rockberger 'Sovereign' wi/Hannah Read, Giorgio Serci, Marijus Aleksa, Michael Janisch,