Upcoming country-rock musician Liv Cawley has recently released the phenomenal new single “Up So High” & has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about the track, along with getting to know more from the artist behind the music.
Hey Liv, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Liv: Thank you for the interview! My name is Liv Cawley, I’m a singer/songwriter living in Nashville, TN. I’m originally from Boston, MA and I moved to Nashville when I was 18 for school and to pursue music. I am a country/pop/rock artist and my fans have described my sound as a mix between Carrie Underwood, and P!nk.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Liv: When I was really young I discovered my love for singing. I think I was about 4 years old when I got my first “solo” in a pre-school concert we put on. I discovered my passion for writing music later on when I was in middle school and I would sit in class and write lyrics in my notebook.
What is the first song that you can recall performing in front of a live audience?
Liv: I performed in numerous chorus concerts and in tons of musicals growing up, but the first song I ever sang during my first ever show in Nashville was actually “Unprotected” by Britney Spears! It was a Britney Spears themed songwriter’s night where we had to perform a Britney song followed by an original. I was so nervous I was shaking, I barely even remember the performance!
Have you always known that music career that you wanted to pursue?
Liv: I’ve known since I was in middle school that music was going to be my career. I also did some acting in high school and had an agent but my real love fell with writing and performing music. Being able to create something out of nothing (writing a song) is the best feeling in the world.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Liv: As I mentioned before I’ve been described vocally as sounding like Carrie Underwood mixed with P!nk, but I really work hard to create my own sound and style. Music genre can be such a gray area nowadays which I love, because I don’t like songs being stuck in just one category. I’m technically a country artist but my music is very pop and rock influenced as well. I love writing and releasing powerful music with strong lyrics that send a message. I want my fans to listen to my music and feel empowered, and be reminded how badass they are!
You recently released the brand new single “Up So High”. How did the idea to create this single first come together?
Liv: One thing I try hard to do with my music is make it open for interpretation, so that listeners can listen and connect to it in any way that they relate to it. For me, I wrote “Up So High” about going through a break up. It’s not based off of one singular break up, but actually a few of them. The few break ups I’ve gone through I’ve realized after how much better my life is without the person that was obviously not the right fit for me. We never see that they’re the wrong fit during the relationship, but once it’s over it’s like a cloud being lifted and a weight taken off our shoulders. In the past, break ups have been some of the best things to happen to me! I really glowed up and became a better version of myself, and realized all I was capable of on my own. I wanted to write this song from that experience and to help anyone else going through a break up realize that it’s the best thing to happen for them, even if they can’t see it right now. It doesn’t even need to be about a relationship, it could be a “break up” with a job, a friend, anything that was toxic to your life.
How would you compare the creative process behind this single to your previous releases?
Liv: The creative process was actually a lot easier with this song because I could pull from a bunch of different experiences I’ve had instead of just writing about one singular experience. It’s about a situation that SO many people go through. I wrote what I knew I needed to hear, but I also wrote what I thought everyone else who is going through a similar situation might want to hear.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Liv: This song means a lot to me, as do all my songs. I wrote this song 100% and it’s a song I can put on and instantly feel better about my day. It reminds me that all those who have done me wrong in the past have taught me a lesson, and have only helped to make me stronger. This has also been a crowd favorite in the past at my shows, so I know how much my fans connect to it as well.
If listeners could take away anything from this single, what would you like it to be?
Liv: I want them to take away the fact that they’re stronger than they think they are. We ALL go through heart break in our life, and while we definitely need to take the time for ourselves to grieve, we really need to remember how powerful we are. Everything that happens to us happens for a reason, and we need to just learn from each experience and use it to help us grow into the best versions of ourselves.
Are there any further releases planned that you are able to tell us about at the moment?
Liv: I’m planning on releasing my second EP in the new year, but no set time frame on that yet. I still have some plans up my sleeve for “Up So High” that I’m excited to share very soon.
What are some of the things you enjoy outside of music?
Liv: I’m a HUGE sports fan, so I love watching all my Boston sports teams. I also love working out (I’m a certified personal trainer) and playing with my guinea pig, Potato.
If you could perform a duet with anyone on the planet, who would you choose & why?
Liv: I get asked this question a lot and I think my answer changes every time, because there are so many artists I would love to duet with! I mean in country music I would be absolutely honored to duet with Carrie Underwood, as she is the reason I’m even in country. I’d also love to duet with Miley Cyrus, she’s turned into such a rock star and her voice is so killer and unique. We could put out such a badass song together.
What is the first album that you can recall purchasing & do you still listen to it now?
Liv: When I was little, my parents would play albums by artists like The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, or Melissa Ethridge. I loved listening to them growing up, and still do. The first album I ever purchased on my own was probably Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood after she won American Idol. I voted for her every night when she was on the show and she introduced me to country music. I definitely still listen to it now, which is how you know it’s a great album!
What song do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Liv: So this is kind of random but one song I always listen to for a quick pick me up is “Hall Of Fame” by The Script. The Script is one of my favorite bands and they were the first band I ever saw play at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville when I first moved here. It’s just one of those songs that reminds you of your potential, and as an artist we need to be reminded of that a lot! Haha.
What advice would you offer someone looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Liv: If you want to be an artist, release music that YOU want to release. Create your own sound, don’t try to replicate anybody else’s. Establish the message you want to give out as an artist and the brand that you want to cultivate. Also, it’s cheesy, but never give up. You’re going to be told “no” more times than you can count. If you want it bad enough, you’ll make it happen and ignore all the “no”s.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Liv: No matter what your dream is, it IS possible. Nobody works harder for you than yourself, so put everything you have into working towards your dream and it will absolutely happen. Don’t wait for anybody to make it happen for you. Anybody reading this is obviously an awesome individual, so I believe in all of you.
You can check out “Up So High” on Spotify below.