Lily

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Lily Garay and I was born in the United States on December 18th, 1996. At age 4 I created my first melody and music has been a part of my artistry ever since then.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My band name is just my first name! Lily Garay 🙂 I released my first album at 15 years old! My friend, who wasn’t much older, and I made it in her basement with all of her equipment. At that point all I was doing was playing instruments and singing, not producing. I’ve performed all over the States, as well as in Puerto Rico and Honduras, for conferences and events. At 19 I released my second album, with one song I helped produce. After that album I decided that I really wanted to get into pretty soon so that I can generate a sound that was really my own. And I feel like I’ve done that with entirely self producing my song “Sorry.”

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

My current genre is really focused on indie pop. The concept for this song really came from a place of wanting to be in touch with someone I knew I didn’t need to be in touch with. And it kinda relates to everything in life. There are things that we struggle with, but still go back to all the time. The empty chair is the idea that what used to sit on your heart is now no longer there and there’s an emptiness that we’re looking at to be filled.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

Honestly, I’m in a stage of anonymity that is allowing me to grow and mature in my sound. One thing that used to disappoint me was getting so many rejections from competitions or auditions for certain teams. However, I’ve come to a place of being okay with that fact that things may not happen exactly how I see it. 

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

I’m currently a solo act and really trying to self-produce. Sometimes my friends back home will do a show with me and that’s great! I do believe in collaboration though and have asked my musician friends for their honest opinion as I work on songs. Some amazing friends for this include Nate Emmanuel and Taylor Rigg. Super stellar people. 

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been professionally gigging since I was 15. When I was younger I wanted to sell our Madison Square Garden, but now my goal is to make authentic music from my soul.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

The deep, broken places are my most inspirational moments. I sing from a place of joy, but it does come from heart breaking experience. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t know that I’m the person to ask! I will say that you should stick to making music that feels like you. Take the words of critics with a grain of salt. 

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Stay soulful.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

You don’t need to focus so much on the formula for success. Put in the work and make a product before focusing on marketing or your look. That stuff will come and evolve with time. 

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’ve never received an award for music! But I have gotten to perform in front of thousands of people, as well as crowds of 6 people haha!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

The Devo Co. (blog), For Lauren and Lauren (blog), purple melon, local tv and radio channels in Virginia, Tennessee, and Honduras! I know there’s a radio station and in Mexico that plays my song but I’m not sure what the station number is! One of my friends actually let me know which I thought was pretty cool.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Well currently the studio is my dorm room, like I said earlier everything really just comes round my past experiences.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Chelsea Cutler, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, SG Lewis, and Taylor Swift (purely for her boss business woman strategies).

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve collaborated with Nate Bowen and Joshua Massey! They’re also independent artists with great messages. I’d absolutely love to work with Japanese House and SG Lewis. And Chelsea Cutler ahhhh!!! GOALS!!

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

My website is www.lilygaray.com and my instagram is @lilygaray

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

http://hyperurl.co/bjvte6

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Oh man. I don’t have the answers to this haha! I think one of my happiest times performing was literally like a week ago when I sang at a coffee shop and I was just singing from my soul. Songs that haven’t been performed before or heard. It was amazing. And I don’t have a “saddest day,” but for sure the moments I’m saddest are when I realize how much I’m hating on myself.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would first donate to my local church. This is super important to me because they pour into my life so much! I would then save and invest some, and then get started on my next record!

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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