My name is Branden Oliver. I’m passionate about connecting with people through music, writing songs about the good and the bad, and I especially love making fun memories with fun people.
Some of my favorite music memories have been to have songs featured on STAR 102.5’s Morning Show with Ken, Colleen, & Kurt. I made it through the online audition process for American Idol and was asked to fly out to Long Beach, California to audition for the producers of the show, including Nigel Lythgoe. When I was in a band, The Atudes, we played a battle of the bands for the Des Moines Summer Music Festival: 80/35, and we won a spot on the main stage alongside bands Spoon and Modest Mouse. I’ve also spent time recording in professional music studios in Iowa and California.
Growing up, I was a teacher and mentor for young talented performers. Now, as a middle school music teacher, I continue to find it important to mentor young performers and help them achieve their goals. I know I will continue to do this no matter where my career takes me. I find it important for artists to support other artists.
My main instruments are the guitar, piano, drums, and vocals. Although Oliver Avenue is technically a solo act, I enjoy collaborating with other musicians.
I chose “Oliver Avenue”, because my actual name, Branden Oliver, also belongs to a football player for the Chargers. He has a very strong Google presence. Needless to say, it’s hard for someone to be found on Google when someone else shares their exact same name. I was walking to the beach in California one day, and I passed by Olive Avenue. I thought to myself, “I really like the sound of that.” I added the “r”, and the name ‘Oliver Avenue’ was created. I like to think of myself as an entertainer, and the name “Oliver Avenue” is flexible and allows me to take many paths as an entertainer.