Liz Graham


You’ve probably heard Nyack, New York native Liz Graham’s name before – the adult contemporary rock singer/songwriter has found impressive success with her mix of rock, blues, and country – her own self-titled album selling over 100,000 copies. Her music resonates with listeners for many reasons, especially in its honesty, its realism, its power. Liz Grahamunnamed-1Graham doesn’t just use music to make a living – she uses her gifts to connect with others, and connect with herself, finding solace in her craft even during the roughest of times in her life.

No doubt, this is why Graham has quietly found such commercial success, and why she’ll continue to find success with her sophomore LP, Damaged. We asked Liz to give is the download on the new collection – she told us, “My new LP is a collection of songs that fit under the title track ‘Damaged’. The theme throughout the LP is that even though many of us are damaged, we are going to be OK. I actually dream my songs so the process is very organic…it is just a matter of finding the time and solitude to draw them out.” Click to http://lizgrahammusic.com/ to learn more about one Ms. Graham, and the Damaged LP – of course, right after you finish learning more about Graham in all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Liz Graham

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?

Liz Graham (LG): My sound is a mix of rock, blues, country and folk – a bit of everything. I use imagery, symbolism, and storytelling in my songs.

PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

LG: I listened to everything that I could get my hands on. I had a transistor radio on my bike and under my pillow. My first concert was the Allman Brothers Band when I was nine. My older brother took me there and it was overwhelming. I still remember the strange smelling smoke that was in the air…

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?

LG: I was never trying to break into the music scene. I was just doing what I do, which was being a songwriter. Somewhere along the way I became a singer songwriter but it was quite accidental. My first show was opening for Aztec Two Step. I was a teenager and had my first glimpse at what happens backstage. Eye opening…let’s leave it at that…

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Liz Graham show?

LG: Hopefully my songs will resonate with my audience.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

LG: Oh shit.

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

LG: Performing new songs and seeing that my songs have made a positive impact.

PEV: What was your underlying inspiration for becoming a musician?

LG: Originally it was simply something that I was drawn to as a way to cope with my family environment. Subsequently it lead to bringing me out of my introverted nature by helping me to connect with people.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

LG: I’m feeling a Grateful Dead quote coming on: “What a long strange trip it’s been.”
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PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

LG: I’ve been watching Bachelor in Paradise – it’s my guilty pleasure.

PEV: What do you do when you hit a brick wall in your writing? What are some methods to get over that?

LG: I never try to push my songwriting because the results will not be genuine, and I am not comfortable with knowing that. I just go about my favorite activities like gardening and birdwatching, and the songs eventually work their way out.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed over the years since you started out?

LG: It has gone from big budget recordings with unlimited promotion and limited artist rosters to self-released recordings that are created with Pro Tools, and very budget friendly. The major labels controlled what we listened to – and they still do in a sense, but – now we have options to listen to “unknown” artists.

PEV: What can fans expect from your sophomore LP, Damaged? What was the writing process like for this album?

LG: My new LP is a collection of songs that fit under the title track “Damaged”. The theme throughout the LP is that even though many of us are damaged, we are going to be OK. I actually dream my songs so the process is very organic…it is just a matter of finding the time and solitude to draw them out.

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

LG: I would love to hit the west coast.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

LG: They have reacted with so much love and support. My wife was the driving force in my creating this LP. My daughters have always been encouraging and even lent a hand by bringing their beautiful voices to the sessions to sing harmonies for some of the songs. My friends have always known me as an artist and really what I do is just like any occupation.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

LG: You will see me fixing up my mid-century home, gardening and hiking. I just bought a badminton set and have been enjoying some lively (re: competitive) games with my wife.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

LG: My present collaboration would be Paul and Ringo and my past collaboration would be John and George. Why? Two words…The Beatles.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

LG: So many…basically I think that everyone who is out there creating and playing should be considered up and coming. I was thinking the other day about how many great writers and artists there are… and that we will never hear from many of them because they are too shy or do not think that they are “good enough.”

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?

LG: I would create the surveys for Family Feud or be a brain surgeon.

PEV: So, what is next for Liz Graham?

LG: The LP just came out. I will be touring in support of it and I am looking forward to meeting new people and sharing stories. Thank you for your fabulous questions!

For more information, click to http://lizgrahammusic.com/.

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