ReverbNation Contest Winner ~ Liz Lohnes

Liz Lohnes

Liz Lohnes

Meet the delightful Liz Lohnes, our ReverbNation contest winner in the pop genre. Liz’s personality is a lovely as her singing voice. We selected Liz Lohnes, because we adore her single Fly Away.

I also love her song Where You Are, with its influences of soul. Liz explained, “I actually started singing at a blues jam that my parents used to take me to, so the first genre of music I ever sang was blues. So, I definitely have a little bit of the soul vibe in there.” Liz smiled and added, “It’s a love song about just wanting to be with the person that you love.”

Liz Lohnes describes her music as, “it’s mid-tempo, with an R&B, pop and soul type of feel.” She has a wide range of musical influences, “I listen to all different kinds of genres. My parents are a big reason why I’m into the music that I’m into. I was raised listening to Aretha Franklin. My dad always loved Stevie Wonder. I personally love Beyoncé. Who doesn’t?”

Liz writes, composes and sings her own music. “I started taking voice lessons as a teenager, but I’ve always been singing. I began singing at community plays, so I have a bit of musical theater background. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music (in Boston), so that’s a big part of my development as a writer.

The very first song that Liz Lohnes wrote is Why’d You Turn Your Back On Me? , written in eighth grade. “I still have it up on my ReverbNation page. A lot of people think it’s a break-up song, but it’s actually about being in that transition stage from junior high to high school. My best friend went off with the cool kids.”

Liz Lohnes Live Liz Lohnes is looking to do more collaboration with other artists in the future. “I haven’t done a lot of it in the past. I do love collaborating with other songwriters, who can add that little bit extra or something different to the music. I’m always open to songwriters and other artists who are talented and have that constant, creative mind going on.”

When I asked Liz how she uses social media, she describes, “The internet is this amazing place, because you have access to everyone, all over the world. It’s great for artists, because you can find all different kinds of people that you wouldn’t have been able to reach without social media. I like to interact with and keep in touch with the people who enjoy my music. It’s all about staying in touch with the people that support you.”

Liz advises other artists to, “Just get out there and perform and meet other artists. When artists support other artists, that leads to collaboration. The more you can network, the better it will be, the more people will remember your name and you’ll get more opportunities.”

Right now, Liz Lohnes is working on a brand new project, starting completely from scratch with new producers. “It’s going to be an EP that will eventually turn into an album. It’s currently in pre-productions, but I am going into the studio next week to record the first song for that project. I’m really excited about it.”

The title for this new EP is a working title, but you can look for first song in the near future, and that is going to be called Lov3 Sounds. I’m already on the lookout for it.

Watch the complete video interview on the Amused Now YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/4Kp8fCttrg4

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