Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette and Carole King can’t stop gushing over Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo is only 19 years old, but she already has some famous fans who have been in the music industry much longer than her. Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette and Carole King have all praised the “deja vu” singer. Here’s how Rodrigo is connected to these artists and what they said about the young pop star.
Gwen Stefani called Olivia Rodrigo’s voice a ‘light in the dark’
Grammy-winning musician Gwen Stefani is best known for her work with No Doubt and as a solo artist. She’s been in the music industry for decades, but she still admires the work of teenage pop star Olivia Rodrigo.
Stefani wrote about Rodrigo for Time, and she couldn’t help but gush over the “good 4 u” singer. “Olivia Rodrigo is a master at turning her grief into something glorious,” she wrote. “While Olivia’s storytelling is confessional and intimate, it is also larger than life. By pouring out her heart so bravely and having total control over her talent, Olivia has worked magic.
Stefani added, “For anyone going through their first heartbreak, Olivia’s voice is a light in the dark, a promise that your pain may one day become a deep source of power.”
In a separate interview for Time, Rodrigo named Gwen Stefani as the artist she would most like to write a song with. Stefani’s answer? “I would be honored,” she told the publication.
Alanis Morissette said Olivia Rodrigo “has a constant concern for self-expression”
Olivia Rodrigo and Alanis Morissette exchanged compliments in a joint interview for Rolling Stone.
“I love how you’re so honest and talk about things you don’t normally talk about in songwriting,” Rodrigo told the “You Oughta Know” singer.
“Well, you do the same,” Morissette replied. “I’m excited. I’ve gone down many rabbit holes knowing I was going to meet you.
And, like Stefani, Morissette praised Rodrigo for Time. She said she saw a “solidity” in Rodrigo, and that “she has a constant concern for self-expression. She’s not precious about it, nor does she seem overwhelmed by all of this.
Carole King says the ‘driver’s license’ singer has ‘a gift’
For her 18th birthday in February 2021, Olivia made a playlist of 18 of her favorite songs. According to Billboard, she said the tracks “shaped me into the girl I am today.” On the playlist was “It’s Too Late” by Carole King. Rodrigo credits her mother for introducing her to King’s music. And with just 18 spots on the playlist, the track shows how important King’s songs are to the teenager.
“As a young woman, I always grew up listening to her and was always inspired by the way she told her story fearlessly,” the “brutal” singer said.
Like Morissette and Stefani, King also praised the pop star to Time. She said Rodrigo had “the gift of knowing how to tell a story in a song”.
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