Liv Harris, 27, has worked long and hard for a break in the music business and it seems that she's finally going to make it. She's become an internet phenomenom after she started posting her songs on SimTube. In January she released her debut EP consisting of four original songs and the title track Big Heart has slowly but surely climbed into the Top 5 on the Singles Chart. Now she's recording her debut album which is scheduled for release sometime in the Autumn.
Liv Harris's Big Heart EP has reached Top 5 on the Singles Chart.
I meet Liv Harris at The Four Leaf Clover, the friendly neighbourhood pub in Exmoor, where she started performing a few years ago. Harris still calls The Clover her home away from home and it's obvious that the staff members are part of her extended family. It's here where she first started playing her own music to other people and went from performing covers to set lists that consist exclusively of her own songs over the course of years. A solo career was always in her sights even when she was in a band during college. The band decided to go call it quits after graduation.
"It would have been very hard to stay together as a band when we all ended up living on different parts of the country after graduation. It was more like a pastime project than a really ambitious band anyway" she explains. "And I think I'm more comfortable being a solo artist so it was quite natural to start working on my own music alone."
The final kick start to her career was recording a few demos at the local music shop Music Maximum. The owner Max Fielding, who also happens to be Harris's best friend's father, built a small studio in the shop and needed someone to test it out. It was also the start of her collaboration with Tyler Austin Davis who works at Music Maximum. He worked with Harris on the demos and is now recording and mixing her debut album.
Harris got quite a few offers from record companies but in the end she decided to stay unsigned. She recently moved into a house where she has her own studio. She will publish her debut album under her own label Livia Peyton Records.
"Nowadays it's not that uncommon to be unsigned and still publish your music for the masses. Many bands and artists have ditched the traditional record companies in favour of being their own bosses. And even if I don't make it big I'm very content with the situation I have right now."
The first single from her debut album will be published in the Summer. Harris will start a tour in May with 3 gigs at The Four Leaf Clover in June.
- I've promised time and time again that I'll post news about Liv's career so here it finally is! I thought that an article in the local newspaper would be a good start. I thought it would also make sense that they wouldn't mention Liv's mom since she's trying so hard to separate her career from her mom's stardom.
- I haven't actually moved Liv into her house yet because I have to decorate it first.
- Tyler Austin Davis is the townie that's working at Max's music shop as a cashier.