Keep your ears open for Lily Elise, the vivacious young singer who’s been making a splash since America first met her three years ago. The Bay Area native has announced plans to release a new, five-song EP, Taken, in early 2015. The album’s newest single, "Suitcases," is "about falling for someone who is emotionally unavailable," says Elise. "On the timeline of this EP, 'Suitcases' is set in the beginning. It has a light, fun feel to it because it was the start of something exciting, but at the same time he was always holding back. I wrote this one with Soaky Siren and Mighty Mike and it was one of the easiest. It basically wrote itself. It just felt really good and really natural."
In 2014, she lent her vocals to producer and DJ Felix Cartal's hit single, "Let it Go." Additionally, she co-wrote 15-year-old Hungarian Idol winner Gigi Radic's first single, "Daydream," which went gold and broke records as the first song by a Hungarian artist to top the radio charts for over 10 weeks. Most recently, Elise lent her vocals to Frenship's new single, "Cover Up," and Dillon Francis' "Hurricane."
Over the past two years, Elise has been writing, recording and collaborating with other musicians as she prepares for the release of Taken. Since working with Lily, her YouTube views within the year have increased by 2 million through her unique takes on popular songs like Jessie J's "Bang Bang" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Currently, Elise can be heard singing Nina Simone’s classic, "Feeling Good," as part of American Eagle's new "I'MPERFECT" campaign.
Now it's Lily's time to shine doing what she's destined to do: create music that accentuates her vocals and harmonies. "I've always been an artist," she explains. "I want to perform, and I want to make people feel something. I want to hear them singing my lyrics back to me. I want to talk to people after shows and get to hear their life stories because they felt one of my songs was about them. I want to inspire a little girl like me to believe she can do anything. I want to change people's lives. That is, after all, what music is for."