George Olliver is a Canadian musical institution. Audiences have been raving about his stage show for years. He has been described as a dynamic performer, great soulful voice and probably the best showman in Canada! What is often overlooked is that he is a prolific writer, producer, and successful recording artist. Olliver’s career shot to stardom as the lead singer of the now legendary R&B band Mandala, with TOP TEN hits “Opportunity” and “Give and Take”. Each new recording since then has been met with critical acclaim and nation-wide sales. Nicknamed “The Blue-Eyed Prince of Soul” he has remained one of the most popular performers on the Canadian music scene. George’s extensive touring over the years has brought him international success, acknowledged by fans and industry critics alike. Having performed on tours with such band’s as The Who, Rolling Stones and The Cream, George learned the importance of live performance. Moving on into the seventies, Olliver formed Natural Gas with the bands self-titled album charting in the TOP 10 in Canada and TOP 50 in the U.S.
“I’ve known George for years and he was and STILL is? the hardest workin’ man in the business!” ?– rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins In the eighties George co-owned and performed at The Bluenote in Toronto from 1982-92. During that time Quality Records (Domenic Troiano producing) recorded George Olliver and Gangbuster – LIVE @ THE BLUENOTE, an amazing live album, featuring him and his band Gangbuster and special guests. It was one of the finest live records made in Canada up to that point. In the middle of his run at the club, he recorded his first studio solo album Dream Girl which brought him a Juno nomination for best R&B album. As well George was able to book and perform with some of his idols such as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Sam and Dave and Martha Reeves. “Whitney Houston broke her first album at the Bluenote in 1985 when no one had heard of her yet!” says Olliver. “I’ve got hours of live recordings to be released from the Bluenote that is timeless. “Now a devoted father of 3 (two sons and daughter) and with a renewed faith in God, Olliver is back performing and recording his brand of “white hot soul” which has become part of what’s called the Toronto Sound.