Olo Kamen was born in Pennsylvania, to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He grew up in Baltimore and now he resides in Los Angeles, California.
He is a screenwriter who's focus is on Drama and SciFi projects. Olo was raised in a very strict deeply religious environment. He would later describe it as suffocating. Choking out the oxygen of his life he was drawn to all forms of expression from an early age. From football to flute he would try anything that allowed him to let ‘it’ out. The animal inside or maybe the devil would be his mature analysis
Having excelled in the sciences with paid internships in the immunology laboratory
of John Hopkins University followed with internships in the clinical research labs of the same storied university in Baltimore, Maryland. He had shown prodigious talent at the high hurdles setting a state mark as only a sophomore receiving recruitment from such lofty athletic schools as Bo Jacksons own Auburn University all the way down in Alabama where he was invited for a summer camp, it was not to be, at least not the easy road. He was able to reclaim a portion of that promise starring at the University of Maryland Baltimore County equaling a mark set in 1975 that he would share until 2013 when it was finally broken. At UMBC is when Olo made the difficult decision to abandon his promising medical research future and embrace his artistic gifts and the journey they called him towards.
Mastering the piano in little over a summer he had only repeated what he had done with the Bass Clarinet winning a scholarship to play the same in his college touring concert band. His Piano abilities and long studied way with words that had seen him star as a writer for his school paper, as well as a persuasive pubic speaker of the written word, now shown through as Olo would also begin to excel at songwriting. His abilities came to the attention of Darryl Spencer, at the time a producer for none other than Babyface, with an early demo he had finalized in the world class studio at UMBC prior to leaving. His Songwriting lifted him to higher levels as a song ‘The Glory’ was published by Rim Music Group for the Olympics. This brought his writing to the attention of Warner/Chappell’s then Vice President John Robertson who said he must have been through hell to write the way he did. Although Olo would never say it unbidden, he had been through some versions of hell as he pursued this uncommon path to his destiny.
Homelessness, living in his van, living in the music rooms of various southern California universities, all became unwelcome turns, but necessary to his story.
He spent several years performing as a musician around the world, however in 2015 he retired, to focus fully on his writing.