Rising singer/songwriter Liz Huett was influenced heavily by time spent in both California and Tennessee, but it was in Nashville where she began being molded into the artist that she is now. While she was there, Huett was offered an opportunity that she couldn't possibly pass up: singing backup for Taylor Swift. The chance to sing for such a well known and reputable artist doesn't come along often, and many artists can't say that they've been able to have such an experience. When Huett first began her role on Swift's tour, she had no idea that she would be tagging along for as long as she did. What's better than being able to add "Toured with Taylor Swift" to your resume? Adding "Toured with Taylor Swift for three and a half years".
So now that she and Taylor's touring team have gone separate ways, what is Liz up to now? Well, in short, she's preparing to make her official debut to the world as Liz Huett, rather than that girl who sang backup for Taylor Swift that one time.
Not too long ago I had a chance to chat with the singer about the progress she's been making on kicking off her solo career, as well as the struggles she's faced while doing so. Her main concern with the content she puts out is assuring everyone listening that what they're hearing is two hundred percent her. Not that she isn't singing her own music, but that they know that the words she writes and sings are authentic and honest. While speaking, we both agreed that there are few things worse than when an artist's music bleeds insincerity. When listening to music, you can tell when the performer is feeling what it is that they're putting out into the world, and when they aren't, you begin to wonder why they bothered to put it out there to begin with.
Luckily, for everyone ready to throw their support behind Liz Huett, we don't have to worry about that. Huett's debut single, "STFU & Hold Me", is everything she intended for it to be, as well as everything you'd want from a debut single. The track is insanely catchy and almost impossible to not sing along to, no matter how hard you may try. Lyrically, "STFU & Hold Me" is sincere and genuine as Huett pleads for her lover to let go of the petty and unnecessary fighting and disagreements. After all–life is way too short to waste any of it holding on to strife. The best thing about Liz having her first single be so open and real is that when you kick your career off in that way, and you hold true to your morals; down the line, no one can try to come for your character by saying that you aren't faithful to your word. This is also a key factor when building a fanbase, because people are definitely attracted to honesty and raw emotion. Your experiences in life aren't sugarcoated, so why would you want to hear about someone else's trials and struggles through a perfecting filter? When Liz writes from her history, she lays out how she felt and what was going through her mind exactly as her feelings were conveyed to her to begin with. People see this kind of authenticity in music and because of that they are able to put themselves in her shoes and imagine what that could have been like for her, as well as be able to relate her stories to their own.
Liz Huett's timeless single "STFU & Hold Me" is available now, and it's just the very beginning. Play it once and you'll be enjoying it just as much four hours later as you were the first time you heard it.
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