Michigan Musician Olivia Dear Brings Live Music Back to WDET’s Studio A

For the first time in over a year, a musician performs live on the WDET airwaves. Meet Olivia Dear and hear her perform three songs live on CultureShift.

Courtesy of Olivia Dear
Courtesy of Olivia Dear

When the world shut down, so did WDET’s Studio A. The recording space has seen performances from a bevy of local musicians and big-name acts like Joe Jackson and Suzanne Vega. It captured rising stars before they reached orbit, like Adele and Jeff Buckley.

And after sitting quiet for more than a year, 26-year-old singer-songwriter Olivia Dear brought the music back to Studio A with a performance of three songs — the outstanding “Halfway,” “Better” and an exclusive WDET performance of her unreleased song “One Whole Year.”

“Some of the best records I’ve ever heard in my lifetime have come out in the past year, but I was not prepared to make anything. I was just trying to survive and feel OK day by day,” says Dear. “I didn’t spend my time being productive every single day. I figured a lot of people feel guilt about what they did or didn’t do in the past year.”




Listen: Hear Olivia Dear perform live in WDET’s Studio A and tell the stories behind her songs and her career.

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.