Local teen works with David Bowie’s guitarist on first album

Posted at 11:12 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 23:12:44-05

HOLLAND, Mich. -  A Holland teen is releasing her first full album onThursday, and it features Gerry Leonard, a guitarist for David Bowie.

Olivia Mainville, 19, worked on 90 percent of the album with a friend named Andy Fettig. The pair created the sounds of an orchestra on the album in four days before recording, although they took their time polishing the gypsy swing folk album called "Maybe the Saddest Thing."

"The name came from a guy named Marcus Wicker," said Mainville. "He wrote a book of poetry called Maybe the Saddest Thing, and it’s like a very modern but touching book of poetry."

Her band, Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe, comprised of West Michigan musicians, is making quite the splash on the local music scene. Her song, “I Need Time,” features Gerry Leonard, who’s best known for being David Bowie’s guitarist and band director.

"I just sent him an e-mail," said Mainville.

The two met after she saw him play a few times in Michigan. It was her father's idea to invite him to play on the album. Other contributing artists include Bleu Quick, Libby Decamp, Adam Schrieber, Charlie Millard, Scott pellegrom, Cullent Montel, and Jeffrey Niemeier.

"There are definitely times when I hear my name tossed around, which is really awesome," said Mainville. "But the local scene in GR is great."

The 19-year-old said it's her album contains orchestral sounds and alternative grooves. "I play guitar, I sing, I do the violins and cellos, and the accordion," said Olivia.

Olivia chose to be home schooled back in the 9th grade so she could focus on her love for music. It's a decision she said has really paid off.

Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Spotify.

She will perform in Traverse City Dec. 11 and 12 and comes back to play in Grand Rapids on Dec. 13. The CD release show will be played at the Speak EZ in Grand Rapids and Founders on Jan. 28.