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Meet Lulise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lulise.

Lulise, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My dad is a musician, so I don’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t surrounded by music. I grew up singing in church choirs & performing in local musical theater productions. I started voice lessons when I was 11 and that really changed my life. At 14, I transferred out of my hometown high school to go to LACHSA, an arts high school in East LA. I started playing guitar, piano and writing songs when I was 15, something I was terrified to do all my life in fear that I wouldn’t be very good at it. But my vocal coach convinced me that it would make me a better singer and that’s all I needed to hear. I have always strive to be the best vocalist I can be. After high school, while attending Musicians Institute, I joined a duo, Honey and Jude. In that duo is where I learned how to write songs in the studio with producers, bring the songs to life in countless performances all across SOCAL and promote myself as an indie artist on social media. In 2019 we parted ways, I decided to go solo and here we are in 2020 where I am ready to release my debut EP!

Has it been a smooth road?
I think the beauty of life is in the obstacles, it makes the triumphs that much more…triumphant! In high school, I never made it into the Jazz Choir, which devastated me but it landed me in the Music Tech Class where I learned to write songs. I didn’t get into my top choice college, but at MI I made relationships that have benefited my career exponentially. I moved out at 18, there was one point where I was working five part-time jobs while going to school and trying to make a career happen for myself. Supporting myself has taught me how to never give up, I am only working three jobs now, but still it’s never easy. Going solo after having been in a duo has been so much hard work, it can feel overwhelming at times to do everything on my own, but I couldn’t be prouder of the music that I am putting out into the world today.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am an independent r&b pop artist. I write and perform original music. The combination of my sound being very heavily r&b influenced underneath hooky melodies that you can immediately sing back is what makes my music magic. I take pride in my live shows. The best feeling is talking to people after shows who had no idea who I was before the show and leave a new fan. I love performing live and feeding off of an audiences energy, that is where my art truly thrives. You guys should definitely come see a show!!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the music industry, I see more artists like me, who have no label or major distributor, getting more recognition. Nowadays, a large audience is so accessible, all it takes it for one video or song to go viral and the artist who has put in years of hard work will be ready to take things to the next level.

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Brett Watkins, Alexandra Lee, Cody Burdette

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