It's ironic that Steven Lee Olsen's EP is called "Timing is Everything," because that could easily be the mantra of the decade-plus he's spent in Nashville.
“When I first moved here from Ontario, I thought I was ready,” he says. “Then I got here and realized how damn great everyone in this town is. The songwriters, the artists, everyone is incredible.”
Steven Lee has been honing his craft as an artist and a songwriter since moving to Music City in 2004, and the hard work has paid off in some pretty impressive ways. He co-wrote the 2017 NSAI Song of the Year, double-platinum hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color” for Keith Urban — a song that also nabbed nominations from the Grammys, CMA and ACM. He also penned Kip Moore’s No. 1 hit “More Girls Like You” and several cuts for other stars including Garth Brooks, Billy Currington, Rascal Flatts, The Judds, Craig Morgan, and Emerson Drive.
"It's crazy to think all about the success I've had in the past few years," he says. "I never would have believed it. As an artist, it’s easy to get impatient, but I’ve learned that things usually work out exactly the way they’re supposed to, exactly when they’re supposed to. Timing really is everything.”
"It's been a journey, but I wouldn't change a thing," he says. "There have been ups and downs, lots of doors slammed in my face. But, that's all led me to where I'm at now, and I think this music is the best I've ever made."
Timing Is Everything is available now. Steven Lee released the album through his own imprint, SLO Circus Records.
“I’ve seen the music business change so much since I’ve been in Nashville, and I’m really excited to self-release this album,” he says. “It’s the best way to get the music to fans on my own terms. I’m excited to have the support of my managers at Maverick, Sony Canada, my publishing team at Rhythm House, and my great distribution partners at The Orchard. I can’t wait to play these songs live on the road.”
Listen to Steven Lee’s latest single “Hello Country” here.