Jackson Public Schools alum Olivia Perez-Breland has been featured on the Army Spouse Magazine website for her accomplishments in songwriting and performing after finishing in second place in two unrelated songwriting competitions. She was the second place winner of the 2011 United States Army Garage Band Playoff for "Drive These Blues Away," and in the 2011 Operation Rising Star competition where she performed two songs – "Where Does the Sun Go?" and "There You Go Again." The latter title has become an anthem for military families who find in its lyrics strength to endure periods of separation. It will also be released as a single this year, and the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation.
Perez-Breland studied dance at Power APAC when she was a JPS student and over the years at other performing arts schools across the country. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet and Modern Dance at Belhaven University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina.