Alt R&B Singer Lily Elise Releases Next Single From Debut EP

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.  The album’s newest single, “Suitcases” premiered on Good Music All Day on December 4.  

Taken will be available to the public in early 2015 and consists of collaborations with Felix Snow (Sza, Gallant, Nicole Sherzinger), Dan Nigro (Sky Ferreira, Aluna George, Twin Shadow), Mighty Mike (Dojo, Sirah, Kelly Clarkson), Erik Belz & Danny Score (Jez Dior) and more.  It’s first single, “Generator,” which All Things Go declared “a stunning combination of pop and R&B that few can pull off” was released in November. Watch the video here.  “Suitcases” and “Generator” each hold an important place as an expressive chapter in Elise’s larger coming-of-age tale. 

“The songs on this EP are a culmination of two years of hard work,” shares Elise. They tell a story of struggling to find myself in the midst of an unknown career path and a destructive relationship, from beginning to end. They are my babies and while I’m terrified to push them out of the nest, I’m also extremely proud and excited to watch them fly.”

Over the past two years, Elise has been writing, recording and collaborating with other musicians as she prepares for the release of TakenMost recently, Elise featured on the duet “Cover Up” with LA based duo Frenship. She also lent her vocals to Dillon Francis’ “Hurricane,” a feature track off his new EP, which is currently available for streaming. In 2014, she wrote and featured on producer and DJ, Felix Cartal’s hit single, “Let it Go.”  Additionally, she co-wrote 15-year-old Hungarian Idol winner and winner of the “Best New Artist” award in Hungary Gigi Radic’s first single, “Daydream,” which was released through Magneoton / M-TON Records. The record went gold and “Daydream” broke records as the first song by a Hungarian artist to top the radio charts for over 10 weeks. 

Elise’s unique take on popular songs, like Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” has helped her gain a massive Internet following. Currently, Elise can be heard singing Nina Simone’s classic, “Feeling Good,” as part of American Eagle’s new “I’MPERFECT” campaign.  

“I’ve always been an artist,” explains Elise. “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.”