HP: Hi Liz, I just listened to 'Your Name Here', which will be released on April 16, 2017. Pre-orders are happening now and there are also two tracks 'Where You Are' and American Girl' that are available now as instant gratification tracks. The EP is Outstanding. Bravo. It blows my mind that you played all of the instruments, engineered and produced the EP. Really adds meaning to the word Indie. 
 I loved your last LP, 'Damaged' which was the name of your third track from the LP. How did you come up with the title for your new EP, what does it mean to you and what will a music enthusiast expect to hear from you? 

LG: Throughout the years after horrible breakups, lukewarm breakups, DOA breakups, I have gotten a little silly by writing on my arm, with a marker 'Your Name Here' inside a red broken heart. With my new LP 'Your Name Here' I am saying that I have put everyone else first throughout my life and now I am playfully acknowledging that it is MY TIME to be present. If you were to look closely at my arm tattoo on the cover for the EP you will see 'Your Name Hear'. Basically just poking fun at how we can be intimate with people and still not listen or even know that person. On this new EP you will hear my usual singer-songwriter, rocky, punky, jangly tunes with More wordplay and Less bullshit as in the lyrics for 'American Girl ". Yeah- I LOVE my country I am so proud to be an American but seriously folks we need to kick some butt and be the strong united positive country that so many of us have given our hearts and lives for. 

HP: Several of the songs from 'Your Name Here' have been released as singles. How were they received? 
LG: 'American Girl' is selling like crazy in Mexico and Poland. 'Time out' was big in GB and was on the 2016 top 100 singles chart. 'Damaged' (acoustic version) seems to be an American favorite. Speaking of which- Americana Music has become very popular in China and "Damaged (Acoustic Version) will be the first track to be released in China (as part of a compilation) through the record label, Ultimate Music. Apparently, all music is listened to on mobile devices in China and the project will be available by Handset companies XiaoMi, Samsung, Meizu, and Coolpad and we are talking about one billion plus customers. Very exciting times. 

 HP: Liz, it is legendary that you turned down several major label music business deals- why did you do that? Isn't a record deal every musician's dream come true? 
LG: I have always been wary of the word and the world of 'Music Business'. I need to be involved in the word, world, and business of 'Music Creative'. After all music, words songs all come from the creative process- not from a board room. Always made sense to me. I'm a very independent woman, therefore, being an indie musician means I am free to choose the high road (not letting McDonald's use my tune for a commercial- I'm a Vegetarian) or the low road (letting McDonald's use my tune for a commercial) if I were locked into a 'deal' I would not be able to choose where or how my music is used. I'm also 99% sure- due to my rebel nature I would be in a landfill somewhere in Jersey while my song was being heard at your local mall or better yet at McDonald's. 

HP: What is your most secret musical unfulfilled fantasy to date? 
LG: I would love to put together a 'Super Band' with Michael Steele, Ann Wilson, and Nancy Wilson and produce the project with all of these wise women. 

HP: Thank you, Liz, for taking the time to talk one last question- Will you be touring in the near future? 
LG: Yes, Justin I will be touring in the U.K. this summer and thanks for your fresh questions. I always appreciate a thoughtful interview.

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"Adult contemporary artist Liz Graham is a powerhouse of sound."

"Adult contemporary artist Liz Graham is a powerhouse of sound."

April 22, 2015 - Under The Gun Review with Brian Lion

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Those who still enjoy ’90s pop-rock staples such as Alanis Morissette and Tracy Bonham should find themselves comfortably at home in Liz Graham‘s sounds, but she also traverses some sound elements of the ’80s all while adding her own signature to it all. 

Graham has been working hard to promote her forthcoming album, both online and on the road, and as she continues to do so until this summer’s release, she took a moment to speak with us about where her career began and what we can expect from her newest release.

Read through the jump and get acquainted with Nyack, New York’s Liz Graham.

First off, can you tell me a bit about your musical background? When did you first start working towards becoming a musician and what inspired you to do so?

I was exposed to music right from birth. My father was a country music fan, and every evening he would play Hank Williams Sr. as well as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Marty Robbins. My mother was in love with Glen Campbell, so I grew up listening to Jimmy Webb songs, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific every day, all day. I was fortunate to have an older brother who was very into music. His room was like a record store, and everything was available. If it sounds like I grew up in the Partridge family, you’d be mistaken. My family life was emotionally and physically abusive, and my oldest brother, Randy, committed suicide when I was 18. Music was the only escape for me. It saved my life.

And apart from maybe those who you mentioned, who are some artists you feel have been highly influential in the sound and style you’ve taken on musically? Anyone in particular who’s very important to you?

The list of influences is pretty much expansive but to name a few: Odetta, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin, Fanny, Billie Holiday, Susie Quatro, Esther Phillips, Laura Nyro, Joan Armatrading, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin- women who paved the way for the next generation of women that I adored like Stevie Nicks, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Chrissie Hynde, Cindy Lauper, Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos. The very most influential artist would be Joni Mitchell- Joni’s insight and melancholy resonated with my soul. 

If you had for whatever reason never picked up an instrument or found a desire to become a musician, what do you think would have been your life’s work instead?

I would be an artist in a garret in Italy, covered with paint and smelling like a mix of turpentine and Brunello.

“Charcoal on a Canvas” and “Damaged” are two singles you’ve released since last month. Are these both to be featured on your new album?

Yes, they will be lurking amongst the 12 songs.

What’s the new album called and when can we expect it to be released?

The new album is called Stripped Down and it will be released in the early summer.

What can you tell us about it as far as the overall sound, style, and lyrical content? How would you compare it to your previous works?

Stripped Down is possibly the quintessential break-up record, with glimpses of anger, humor, forgiveness, vengeance, bliss and resignation — all of my favorite things. I went for a bit of an ’80s sound here, and I’m just offering it out to the universe in hopes that it resonates in some way with someone.

You released a lyric video for “Damaged” a few weeks ago. Do you have plans for more videos from this new album?

Yes, I am working with my video director, Shari Cartun, on the next video.

You just started doing a ‘Kitchen Concert Series’ this past week. Where did that idea come from and will you be doing all the songs off your new album?

I was thinking about the people that are unable to get out and see/hear my songs, and I thought that it would be fun to be able to bring the songs to them in the comfort of their own homes. Yes, I will be doing all of the songs- stay tuned.

What was this airport concert tour thing you had going on? I saw a lot of posts about it on your Facebook page.

The airport concert tour is an ongoing, fun-filled, tongue-in-cheek extravaganza; check it out

Do you have any touring plans or other big goals planned for the rest of the year?

Yes, a tour is being booked right now. I will be performing at festivals, in clubs, and at house parties throughout the United States. Please check out my website for concert tour updates:

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