Late 2002 saw Oli pick up a guitar for the first time and just 2 ½ years later, at 15, he was invited to America, as the guest of American Blues band Blinddog Smokin’, this first trip saw Oli play for Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.
2008 and Oli was signed to the German Blues label, Ruf Records, Thomas Ruf actually flew into the UK to see Oli perform and signed him there and then.
Oli’s debut album, OPEN ROAD, was recorded and released in 2008 and received great reviews from both the UK and Europe and was voted the Number 2 Blues album of 2008, by readers of Blues Matters! magazine and, two years on, is still high in the Blues Charts.
The Mike Vernon produced album, HEADS I WIN TAILS YOU LOSE, was released 26 April 2010 in the UK and Europe and America in August. The album features 8 Oli Brown originals, 2 Oli Brown and Mike Vernon originals and 2 great covers (No Diggity and Fever)
Oli received nominations in the prestigious 2010 British Blues Awards, the results of which are decided by a public vote and was both thrilled and honoured to have been the winner in two of them, Male Vocalist of the Year and Young Artist of the Year, a result which further strengthens the belief in what this young man can achieve. (It is worth pointing out that Oli’s drummer, Simon Dring, was voted Drummer of the Year).