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Meet Lily Lewis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lily Lewis.

Lily, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been making music my whole life and put out my first album in seventh grade, but everything really started when I moved to LA at 17. I joined a band and that was the real beginning of a beautiful and difficult journey that lasted around five years. I learned a lot during that time, there was a lot of self-growth, and being in that band made me realize that I hadn’t quite figured out exactly what I wanted to do. After a while, our band split up, and I decided to go down my own artistic path and see what else was out there. I have a really amazing job working at a vocal studio in LA, where I get to coach talented artists and I learn as much from them as they do from me. I’ve also been working on my own solo project for the last year and a half, I poured my entire soul into it, and it feels amazing to finally be launching my first single VCR after all this hard work.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think that the hardest part is staying true to myself. It sounds like it should be easy, but with so many people trying to make you mold to their vision, it can be hard. I’ve gotten a lot better at blocking out the outside noise and trusting my gut. The industry is full of people who will tell you what you should be, or look like, or sound like. I know that if the music isn’t authentic, this won’t work. It won’t be authentic if someone else is telling you what to do and what to sound like. I learned this the hard way. For so long, there was something missing with the music I was making. Since starting my solo project, I realized that what was missing was MY artistic vision. I was allowing myself to make too many compromises with the music that I was making, so it ended up not feeling whole. It feels so much better to be passionate about what I’m doing, and excited about the music, because it’s what I decided for myself.

Please tell us about your work.
I am a songwriter and an artist. What sets me apart from others is that I am me, and nobody else can tell my story like I can.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I made music all through my childhood and teen years. I was a total wild child during my adolescence. I was a rebel, but I was also focused in school and worked hard to build my intellectual inner life. I grew up in a small beach town in California, and I was often bored there. It lacked the excitement that I craved, so I tried to create it for myself with music and being crazy with my friends, sneaking out and being idiots, but always having fun. I really just wanted to leave my home town to pursue my dreams, and at age 17, I did that when I moved to LA. The rest is history.

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