P. J. Olsson

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PJ Olsson
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PJ Olsson performing with Alan Parsons Live Project in Bratislava, Slovakia on 18 March 2010
Background information
Born13 July 1969
Houghton, Michigan
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, audio engineer
Years active'90s, 2000–
Associated actsRufus Wainright, Beth Orton, Placebo, Alan Parsons
WebsitePJ Olsson's myspace Page, PJ Olsson's Rock Camp

Paul Josef Olsson is an American singer, most notable as being the lead singer for the Alan Parsons Live Project. He has toured with various artists over his lifetime, including Rufus Wainright, Beth Orton, and Placebo.


He was born in Houghton, Michigan to a musical family. His father had a DMA in choral music and was an avant-garde 12-tone composer, A&R executive for Motown Records and later a professor at Michigan Tech;[1] his mother was a music/voice major and schoolteacher.[2] He started playing violin at age 6.[3] PJ caught the attention of Columbia records, who in mid-2000 released the album Words For Living which received positive reviews in the United States. Olsson also made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman,[4] and his song "Ready for a Fall" was included on the soundtrack album for the television show Dawson's Creek.[5] In 2002, Olsson joined the Alan Parsons Live Project, becoming their lead singer.[6] He has performed with many other notable acts, including Kid Rock, Muse, Train, Rufus Wainright, Iggy Pop, Beth Orton, Bob Geldof, Something Corporate, Ben Harper, Nelly Furtado, Placebo, and Michelle Branch.[4][3] In 2007 Olsson teamed up with Salman Ahmad to record a remake of the Nick Lowe song, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", as the theme to The CW television show Aliens in America.[7]


  • P.J. Olsson (1998)[8]
  • Words For Living (1999)[9]
  • Beautifully Insane (2005)[10]
  • American Scream (2007)[11]
  • Lasers and Trees (2013)[12]


  1. ^ Hochman, Steve (June 3, 2000). "A Quiet Approach to an Explosive Landscape". LA Times. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "PJ Olsson". Avenue Communications. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "P.J. Olsson: Vocals". The Alan Parsons Project. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "P.J. Olsson". LetsSingIt. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Nichols, Natalie (July 1, 1999). "Singer PJ Olsson Is Building Career, One Club at a Time". LA Times. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Viau, Scott (February 27, 2014). "PJ Olsson to hold Rock Camp fundraiser concert". The Mining Gazette. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "What's So Funny 'Bout 'Aliens In America?'". starpulse.com. October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  8. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/pj-olsson-mw0000601169
  9. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/words-for-living-mw0000245567
  10. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/beautifully-insane-mw0000408852
  11. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/american-scream-mw0000497332
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lasers-and-trees/594402805

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