Led by Peabody Conservatory graduates Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, Outcalls creates genre-defying pop music that counters the tired narratives pervading much of today’s popular songs -- especially songs that pertain to relationships and love. Dubbed Baltimore’s “electronic opera queens,” Outcalls has toured throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. The duo's latest release "Keep Falling Over" was voted the #1 song of 2018 by WTMD radio listeners.
Outcalls is dedicated to actively building a stronger, more sustainable future for women in the music industry, both publicly and behind the scenes. Their innovative music and lyrical content offers a fresh feminist perspective. Beyond the music itself, Olsen-Ecker and Wimbish are creative risk-takers seeking greater independence as engineers and sound designers in the recording studio.
Outcalls' latest single "Stay" was released on Valentine's Day 2019 and featured in Buzz Music LA.
"Keep Falling Over" (released May '18) was voted #1 on WTMD's Top 89 Songs of 2018 by station listeners.
The title track of Outcalls' critically acclaimed EP, No King (2017) was awarded "Best Vocal Performance" at the WTMD Alternative Music Awards.
"No King" (released June '17) was voted #6 on WTMD's Top 89 Songs of 2017 by station listeners.
"No King" was listed in The Baltimore Sun's "30 songs that defined 2017" and landed on Baltimore Magazine's "Best Music of 2017."
For WTMD's Saturday Morning Tunes series, Outcalls wrote an abridged script and performed music from Disney's Frozen at Baltimore School for the Arts to two sold-out audiences. Their encore show at Towson University also sold out.
Outcalls maintains an expanding and diverse performance calendar. They have provided opening support for several major touring acts such as Kimbra, Esperanza Spalding, Chicano Batman, Wolf Parade, Khruangbin, and San Fermin. In 2019, the two sopranos performed at the opening ceremonies for REACH at the Kennedy Center, were featured on St. Thomas of Fifth Avenue's Choral Series, and performed opera improvisation with DC-based contemporary opera company UrbanArias. Their self-produced tours ("The Breakfast Tour," "Goin' Down South Tour," and "Nothing Will Go Wrong Tour") reached 21 cities in the Northeast, Southeast, and West Coast U.S. regions. Other festival highlights include Brilliant Baltimore, WTMD's Mini-Holiday Spectacular, Artscape, Federal Hill Block Party, Baltimore Magazine Music Festival, and the Ladybug Festival.
Recent & Upcoming Performances
09.28.19 at Ottobar with Kotic Couture, Del Florida, and Joseph Mulhollen (Baltimore, MD)
10.9.19 at Music at Noon Series presented by the University of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA)
10.10.19 at Milk Bar (San Francisco, CA)
10.11.19 at Shine (Sacramento, CA)
11.3.19 at Brilliant Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
11.17.19 at Bmore Stop Making Sense (Baltimore, MD)
12.14.19 at WTMD Mini-Holiday Spectacular (Towson, MD)