LA-raised, North-Carolina based singer/songwriter Eliza Spear recently released her new single, an Americana-pop anthem, “ Morning.” It is the second release from her upcoming EP, “The Pineapple EP” which will be out tomorrow.
“Morning”, follows the release of four other singles this year, including “There Has To Be More” which has amassed over 116K streams on Spotify. Reminiscent of early 2000’s American-pop, “Morning” is inspired by college one night stands and the people who pretend you don’t exist after claiming they love you in bed. Eliza’s honest and raw lyrics paired with a catchy guitar hook results in a track that is painfully relatable and will have you hitting that repeat button again, and again.
The 19-year-old artist was recently invited to perform in the iHeartRadio offices in New York and was later asked to perform at the ASCAP’s “She Rocks” showcase, where she opened for Grammy-nominated artist Judith Hill.
Learn more about Eliza Spear in the following All Access interview:
What does a typical day look like for you? What do you have scheduled the rest of today and this week?
Days usually start by me bolting out of my room as fast as I can once I’ve realized that my first class starts in five minutes and I’m still in bed, nowhere near ready. Once I’ve apologized to my professor for being late AGAIN, I try my very best to balance both being a student and an artist the best that I can. I spend a lot of time in the local coffee shop on campus. It’s my favorite place to work and I tend to get a lot done there. By night time I’m laughing until I cry with my best friends and doing things that feel exactly like the perfect college experience.
Now that we are in the latter half of the year, how has 2019 treated you? What are some goals that you have had for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them or did you already? What are you already excited about for this fall and even looking towards 2020?
This year has gone so fast! I wanted to hit 100,000 streams on Spotify, and that happened with my first single of the year, “There Has To Be More”! I’m planning a tour in North Carolina for the beginning of 2020 and I’m super excited for that to be solidified.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be in this industry? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Music was always super important. My grandma would come over and play the piano until it was my bedtime. I don’t recall a certain moment where I thought “okay, I’m doing this”, but I know that I’ve always been a person who does things with extreme levels of persistence, so when I decided to do this, I knew I was going to put as much energy as I could into making it happen.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
I know if I wasn’t doing this I would always wonder what could’ve happened. And that idea bothers me. So I’m just doing it. I could’ve seen myself going into politics and education. Also maybe the CIA. Also maybe a chef. Lots of ideas. I’ll stick to music.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part about it all?
The best part is the people who reach out and tell you how much a song means to them. It’s funny because you write a song based on your experience, and then someone relates it to their life and a completely different situation, and then suddenly you’re connected through a really beautiful thing.
Let’s talk about your newest music. What has been inspiring you lately?
Self-love is inspiriting me which is DOPE and I highly recommend it. I tend to look at people through rose colored glasses and idealize everything and everyone that’s in front of me. It’s been so nice to give some of that love to myself. If I can give so much love to other people, I can give that to myself. Learning slowly, but learning.
When do you plan on releasing more new music and a full collection of new songs?
There is an EP called The Pineapple EP coming out on October 25th and I need you to tell your mother and your best friend and your dog and your neighbor and the nice lady who checked out your groceries on Tuesday to listen to it!!
What was it like performing at ASCAP’s recent “She Rocks” showcase?
Such an honor! It was great because I was performing to a room of songwriters, so after the show I got to talk to people about songwriting and similar experiences.
Where can people see you perform next? Do you have any fall tour dates scheduled yet?
I’m doing lots with Sofar Sounds in North Carolina, so if you find yourself in NC, let me know and I’ll be sure to tell you where to find me.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
It’s crazy looking back at things I’ve done even six months ago, let alone three years ago. I think I’m writing better than I ever have. The first song I wrote was about how my dog would never listen to me, so I think we’ve made some progress.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career so far?
I think social media is something to be really careful with. It can do great things for networking and reaching large audiences but it can also do a serious number on your mental health. The concept of solely posting your best self is dangerous, simply because that’s not what life is. Life is fun because it’s beautifully wrong and difficult just as much as it’s right and pretty. Being real and genuine on social media is something that should be pushed for, and I think society is starting to follow that trend, which makes me happy.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
The Dixie Chicks are gorgeous and perfect. I think I would pass out if I were to collaborate with Kacey Musgraves. But then I would wake up and realize it was a dream and never real.
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
GREAT QUESTION. Lots of confetti and sparkles. Lots and lots of people of all ages dancing and not caring what other people think. Cake. Puppies. Lipstick. Strutting down every street that I ever doubted myself on.
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?
Anywhere my mom is.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
That loving yourself is actually really cool. Life is awkward, you’re gonna be okay. Tomorrow is new, and so are you.