15
May

Here is the Compassion International music video! 

When I talked with the people who work with Compassion and made this video, they told me they try not to do “flies on eyes” shots—meaning, they want to show hope, courage, and the smiles of these children, rather than film images of them covered in flies.  While there is definitely a time and a place to see and understand the devastating effects of extreme poverty, I appreciate Compassion’s intentional efforts to show what their organization is doing and what sponsorship does—like capturing an image of a child with clean clothes and a backpack going to school.

They told me the children in this video, (whom they had just visited in Uganda and the Dominican Republic where this was shot), are extremely happy, joyful children.  They live in complete poverty, but they are JOYFUL.  I am inspired by these children, these people.  My very favorite shots in this video are of the little girl singing in the microphone (her name is Ruby and they told me she is 3 years old and full of spunk!) and the little boy playing the percussion instrument (who looks like he has incredible rhythm and can dance).  ;) 

This music video is currently being shown on the Steven Curtis Chapman “Glorious Unfolding” Tour happening in Canada, which has partnered with Compassion for the tour.  

THANK YOU again to all of you who helped make this dream a reality by voting during the song competition.

*If you would like to learn more about what Compassion does or to sponsor a child, please visit http://www.compassion.com

Credits:

  • Video produced by Kurt Harder
  • Song produced by Troy Welstad
  • Music & lyrics by Olivia Pothoff
  • Styling by Courtney Rogers
  • A special thank you to the Laurelhurst Church in Portland, Oregon, who allowed us to use their beautiful facility for shooting footage.  
06
May
A fun night of fashion, dessert, & music! I’m excited to be coming as the musical guest for this event!  Tickets are only $10 and include dessert & the runway show (featuring Chico’s, Anthropologie, Musi’s on Main, & Ann Taylor Loft).  Group tickets available at a discounted rate.  To purchase advance tickets go to:  https://www.lakebiblechurch.com/springfashion

A fun night of fashion, dessert, & music! I’m excited to be coming as the musical guest for this event!  Tickets are only $10 and include dessert & the runway show (featuring Chico’s, Anthropologie, Musi’s on Main, & Ann Taylor Loft).  Group tickets available at a discounted rate.  To purchase advance tickets go to:  https://www.lakebiblechurch.com/springfashion

07
Mar

News for “More Than Gold”…

"More Than Gold" was announced as the winning song for the “Compassion Song for the Children” competition! I’m so thrilled to get to make this music video with them, and I’m filled with gratitude for you all rallying behind me—THANK YOU!!! (and to those friends who I’ve heard hit the “play” button about 100 times, cheers!)

http://www.christiansongcompetition.com

The Winner in the Compassion Song for the Children Category is Olivia Pothoff: More Than Gold https://soundcloud.com/olivia-pothoff/01-more-than-gold?in=user638906212%2Fsets%2Fsfc

22
Jan

Song Competition

Grateful to be in the top 6 finalists recently announced for a song competition that is partnering with Compassion International, a child sponsorship program. The winning original song will be used for a music video featuring Compassion’s recent projects.

To listen to the finalists, comment, share, or download “More Than Gold”, visit http://www.christiansongcompetition.com/

03
Dec
Lake Bible Church is doing an inspiring and fun Christmas event I’m looking forward to being a part of. With a creative “Today Show” approach, there will be a celebrity chef (preparing & serving Northwest cuisine to the audience), and a great speaker.  As the musical guest, I’ll be singing “More Than Gold” and also my all-time favorite Christmas carol…”O Holy Night”.  

*Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.  7:00-9:00 pm
*Location: Lake Bible Church, Lake Oswego, Oregon

More info can be found at http://www.lakebiblechurch.com/adult/women/christmas-dessert

Lake Bible Church is doing an inspiring and fun Christmas event I’m looking forward to being a part of. With a creative “Today Show” approach, there will be a celebrity chef (preparing & serving Northwest cuisine to the audience), and a great speaker. As the musical guest, I’ll be singing “More Than Gold” and also my all-time favorite Christmas carol…”O Holy Night”.

*Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013. 7:00-9:00 pm
*Location: Lake Bible Church, Lake Oswego, Oregon

More info can be found at http://www.lakebiblechurch.com/adult/women/christmas-dessert

08
Apr
This choir’s got SOUL.  My good friend and author, Pam Lau, and I have had so much fun getting to know them.  We recently wrote and recorded a new song together and the choir added it’s gospel groove to the track.  Excited to share it when it comes out via Pam’s newest book and iTunes. 

This choir’s got SOUL.  My good friend and author, Pam Lau, and I have had so much fun getting to know them.  We recently wrote and recorded a new song together and the choir added it’s gospel groove to the track.  Excited to share it when it comes out via Pam’s newest book and iTunes. 

30
Mar

LOVE HAITI—a benefit concert

Excited for this benefit concert for an orphanage in Haiti—coming up next Friday, April 5th—free admission!

About the event: (taken from its facebook event page)

Operation Vision Out (VO): Love Haiti was inspired by one of our own. A few years ago, James along with his brothers were adopted by a couple from Newberg. James recently was inspired to give back to the orphanage that cared for him and his brothers prior to their adoption. Hillside decided to help and Project VO: Love Haiti was born. Now we need your help to give back to this amazing Orphanage in Haiti.

Hillside is sponsoring a Benefit Concert for ‘His Home’ Orphanage in Delmas, Rue Cassognol, and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for this orphanage, which will go towards making a difference for a number of children in the orphanage including costs of food, teachers, staff, nannies, educational supplies and medical treatments for a child in need.

For more information on this orphanage, visit their website at: http://www.hishomeforchildren.com/

07
Jan
Looking forward to seeing longtime friends and family in the ‘Burg!  Excited to head to my hometown this month for a benefit concert for Safe Haven.  Working on the set list, so if you have any song requests, let me know! ;)
Safe Haven is a maternity home that provides a safe nurturing environment for pregnant young women who are homeless or in unsafe or non-supportive living situation throughout Douglas County.  Safe Haven Maternity Home’s objective is to provide a safe home environment that strives to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational needs of pregnant young women and their babies who are homeless or in crisis.

Looking forward to seeing longtime friends and family in the ‘Burg!  Excited to head to my hometown this month for a benefit concert for Safe Haven.  Working on the set list, so if you have any song requests, let me know! ;)

Safe Haven is a maternity home that provides a safe nurturing environment for pregnant young women who are homeless or in unsafe or non-supportive living situation throughout Douglas County.  Safe Haven Maternity Home’s objective is to provide a safe home environment that strives to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational needs of pregnant young women and their babies who are homeless or in crisis.

03
Nov

Come Thou Fount

A few months ago, I had some fun doing background vocals on a friend of a friend’s album for the song, “Come Thou Fount.”  I’m always challenged by the lyrics in this song.  They were written in 1758, but they are timeless and just as relevant today.  Here’s Nate French’s rendition of it.  I especially enjoy the guitars on this recording. 

To listen to the song, click here 

salty sunshine - Nate French & the Salty Sunshine Band - Artwork Image

It’s also available on iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-thou-fount/id546584142?i=546584631

Album Out Now

Download on iTunes