Troy Olsen grew up in the rural town of Duncan, Arizona splitting his time between his parents' and grandparents' ranch. Even though his grandparents didn't have electricity a portable radio pulled in the signal from a local AM station during the day. The desire to listen to more music drove Olsen to the top of a nearby Mesa to get reception for the Nashville Network on his portable television plugged into his truck's cigarette lighter.
After teaching himself how to play the guitar, Olsen began jamming with high school friends. After high school he began playing gigs on Friday and Saturday. As his reputation began to grow, Olsen was invited to bigger and better gigs. While his life on the road as a performer was very successful, Olsen decided that it was time to move to Nashville and accomplish what it is he always wanted-to be heard on the radio.
After moving to Nashville, Olsen co-wrote "I'll Just Hold On" for Blake Shelton as well as "Ghost Town Train" for Tim McGraw. After performing at a Nashville showcase, Olsen signed with EMI, home of Capitol Records. His first single is "Summer Thing" an enchanting ode to warm weather and women.