Oliver Tree Nickell (born June 29, 1993) is an American singer, record producer, philanthropist[citation needed], director and comedian. Born in Santa Cruz, California, Tree signed to Atlantic Records in 2017 after his song "When I'm Down" went viral[6] and released his debut studio album Ugly Is Beautiful in 2020. He achieved international recognition with his songs "Life Goes On" in 2021, and "Miss You" in 2022. He released his second studio album Cowboy Tears on February 18, 2022.

Oliver Tree
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Tree in 2020
Oliver Tree Nickell

(1993-06-29) June 29, 1993 (age 29)
Other names
  • Tree
  • Kryph
  • Turbo
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • filmmaker
Years active2010–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
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Early lifeEdit

Oliver Tree Nickell was born on June 29, 1993,[4] in Santa Cruz, California.[7] Oliver was born and raised by Dutch, English and Jewish parents. Although he has Jewish ancestry, his religious beliefs are unknown but rumored to be Atheist/Agnostic. He has said he took "piano lessons at three years old, [began] songwriting the next year, and [had] an album written by age six."[8]

Tree studied business at San Francisco State University for two years.[9]


2010–2016: Early career and hiatusEdit

Oliver launched his solo recording career as "Tree" in 2010. By then, he had made presentations for performances such as Skrillex and Zeds Dead. He initially self-released his music, releasing an album called "Splitting Branches" but signed with R&S Records in 2011. He sang and played guitar in a ska band called Irony, which was his first experience performing.[10] Under the pseudonym Kryph, Tree produced dubstep for a brief period of time and performed at festivals such as Wobbleland 2011 in San Francisco. He released music under his pseudonym, Tree.[7]

At age 18, Tree signed up with London-based R&S Records and released his debut EP, Demons. The EP gained some recognition after Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke approved of his cover of their song "Karma Police".[11] Tree eventually found himself on hiatus as he went back to school, studying music technology at the California Institute of the Arts.[12][9]

2016–2018: Return to music and Alien BoyEdit

In November 2016, he returned to music with his television debut, performing with Getter on Last Call with Carson Daly.[13]

Shortly after the release of "When I'm Down", Tree signed to Atlantic Records, and a month later, graduated from the California Institute of the Arts.

Tree often writes, acts, and directs sketches in comedy videos, and has worked with companies such as Fuck Jerry.[14]

In February 2018, Tree released his major-label debut EP, Alien Boy, along with the double music video for "All That x Alien Boy". Tree wrote and directed the debut, which took over nine months to create.[12][15] He spent five months practicing freestyle monster truck jumping at the Perris Auto Speedway and performed all his stunts in the music video.

Oliver Tree has played major festivals such as Lollapalooza and Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and performed as a special guest at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival where he was subsequently named on LA Weekly's "The Best (and Weirdest) Fashion at Coachella" list in 2017.[16][17]

He was the supporting act on Louis the Child's 2017 Last to Leave Tour (2017) and[18] Skizzy Mars' Are You OK? Tour (2018),[19] and was scheduled to join Lil Dicky and DJ Mustard on the Life Lessons Tour Fall 2018 before it was canceled.[16] Tree toured North America and Europe with Hobo Johnson in 2018.

2018–2020: Ugly Is Beautiful and singlesEdit

Throughout 2018 and 2019, Tree released singles that would make an appearance on his debut album, Ugly Is Beautiful. On December 7, 2018, Tree released his second music video, "Hurt", a single from the album. He travelled to Ukraine to film the video, which he wrote and co-directed with Brendan Vaughan, an up-and-coming music video director.[20] In the first week, the music video for "Hurt" reached one million views while the song received significant radio play. On April 11, 2019, Tree released a standalone single, "Fuck", with the music video being released on the same day.[21]

Tree on the Woody Show in February 2019

His fourth music video and single, "Miracle Man", was released on June 7, 2019, with the video reaching 1.3 million views on the first day of release.[22] Tree released his second EP, Do You Feel Me? on August 2, 2019, to generally positive reviews.[23]

On December 6, 2019, Tree released "Cash Machine", a single accompanied by a music video. Together with the single, Tree announced his debut album, Ugly Is Beautiful, and announced that the album would be released on March 27, 2020.[24] On March 25, 2020, Tree posted a message to his Twitter page, stating that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ugly Is Beautiful would not be released on time.[25] However, on May 19, the album's official release date was revealed to be June 12.[26]

On May 16, 2020, Tree set the Guinness World Record for the world's largest kick scooter, which he later uploaded a video of himself riding on July 17, 2020.[27][28]

On June 8, 2020, Tree announced his decision to delay Ugly Is Beautiful yet again, this time to July 17. He stated that, because of the issues of racism and police violence against black people going on during that time after the murder of George Floyd, he "did not believe it was an appropriate time" to release the album when "much bigger things" deserved attention.[29] On July 17, 2020, Ugly Is Beautiful was released.

2021–present: Deluxe version of Ugly Is Beautiful and Cowboy TearsEdit

Despite claiming that he was retired, he released the single "Out of Ordinary" on February 4, 2021, announcing the deluxe edition of Ugly Is Beautiful.[30][31]

On May 28, 2021, Tree released a deluxe version of his debut album named Ugly Is Beautiful: Shorter, Thicker & Uglier.

He would later collaborate with Russian rave band Little Big and release the single "Turn It Up", featuring Tommy Cash, from their collaborative EP Welcome to the Internet, which was later released on September 30, 2021.

On January 12, 2022, Tree released the single "Cowboys Don't Cry" from his second album Cowboy Tears.[32] Cowboy Tears was released on February 18, 2022. On May 20, 2022, Tree released a single, "I Hate You" along with "Cowboys Don't Cry". He would also announced a tour to accompany the album Cowboy Tears.[33] Oliver would follow up the release of Cowboy Tears with a deluxe titled "Cowboy Tears: Drown the World in a Swimming Pool of Sorrow (Deluxe) in late December.

On March 3, 2023 Oliver released his first single of 2023 "Here We Go Again" with producer David Guetta.


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications


Ugly Is Beautiful 14 1 1 23 51 47 38 28 32
Cowboy Tears[45]
  • Released: February 18, 2022
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP, cassette
60 7 7 67 91
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Independent albumsEdit

List of independent albums, with track listings
Title Album details
Splitting Branches
(as Tree)
  • Released: February 17, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Track listing
  • 1. "People" (featuring Lena Kuhn and Shelf Nunny)
  • 2. "Tully" (featuring Kirsten Rosenberg and Shelf Nunny)
  • 3. "Artemecia" (featuring Kirsten Rosenberg and Shelf Nunny)
  • 4. "Revival" (featuring Kirsten Rosenberg)
  • 5. "From Reds to Blues" (featuring Aeropsia)
  • 6. "Warrior" (featuring Kirsten Rosenberg)
  • 7. "This Is Separation" (featuring Shelf Nunny)
  • 8. "Universal" (featuring Ariel Thiermann)
  • 9. "Sacred Elements" (featuring Finn Rivera)

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions


(as Tree)
  • Released: August 12, 2013
  • Label: Apollo
  • Format: Digital download, 12" EP
Alien Boy EP
  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, 12" EP
Do You Feel Me?
  • Released: August 2, 2019
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
21 16
Welcome to the Internet[49]
(with Little Big)
  • Released: September 30, 2021
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.


As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"When I'm Down"
(with Whethan)
2016 Non-album singles
"All You Ever Talk About"
(with Whethan)
"All I Got" / "Welcome to LA" Alien Boy
"Cheapskate" Non-album single
(with Whethan)
Alien Boy
"Upside Down" 2018
"Alien Boy" Alien Boy, Do You Feel Me?, & Ugly Is Beautiful
"Movement" Non-album single
"Hurt" 4 11 Do You Feel Me? & Ugly Is Beautiful
"Fuck" 2019 Non-album single
"Miracle Man" 22 Do You Feel Me? & Ugly Is Beautiful
"Cash Machine" 13 Ugly Is Beautiful
"Let Me Down" 2020 26 9
"Bury Me Alive" 34
"Let Me Down"
(featuring Blink-182)
Non-album single
"Out of Ordinary" 2021 Ugly Is Beautiful: Shorter, Thicker & Uglier
"Life Goes On" 71 27 7 34 46 33 14 63 33 26
"Turn It Up"[60]
(with Little Big featuring Tommy Cash)
Welcome to the Internet
"Cowboys Don't Cry" 2022 28 18 Cowboy Tears
"Freaks & Geeks"
"I Hate You" Cowboy Tears Drown the World in a Swimming Pool of Sorrow
"Miss You"
(with Robin Schulz)[61]
84 4 28 2
3 11 Non-album singles
"Here We Go Again"
(with David Guetta)
2023 [A]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak positions Album

"My Mind Is"
(NVDES featuring Oliver Tree)
2016 Life with Lobsters
"Forget It"
(Getter featuring Oliver Tree)
Radical Dude!
(NVDES featuring Oliver Tree)
2018 Vibe City Utah
(Lorenzo featuring Oliver Tree)
2019 62 Sex in the City
(Whethan featuring Oliver Tree)
2020 Fantasy
(Lil Yachty featuring Oliver Tree)
Lil Boat 3.5
"Mr Regular"
(What So Not featuring Oliver Tree and Killer Mike)
2022 Anomaly
“Nothing's Perfect”
(Nghtmre featuring Oliver Tree)
"Sick of U"
(BoyWithUke featuring Oliver Tree)
30 Non-album single
(KSI featuring Oliver Tree)
2023 Caught in Two Minds



Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Late Late Show With James Corden Himself [69]
2020 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Himself [70]
2022 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself [71]
2023 Royal Crackers Zane

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2020 Guinness World Record Largest Kick Scooter Won [72]
2022 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Social Music Star Nominated [73]
2023 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Social Music Star Nominated [74]


  1. ^ "Here We Go Again" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[66]


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