For Immediate Release August 1, 2016
Getting to Know Singer-Songwriter Lily Meola
New Video-Feature From The Inertia Showcases Talented Songstress
Upcoming performances include Ohana Dana Fest on August 27
Debut album, They Say, available on iTunes
(LOS ANGELES) Since the release of her debut album, They Say, Maui-based singer-songwriter Lily Meola’s music has been gaining recognition from fans and critics. Delving more into how her rise began, The Inertia has produced a video-feature showcasing the rising star and her pro surfer, brother Matt Meola.
The video, “Holy Meola!,” includes songs from Lily’s album and tells the story of the journey of “the most unique and talented brother-sister duo in the surf world today” from childhood to where they are today. See the feature here: Holy Meola!
The Inertia has also praised her music in an album review, declaring, “If Lily doesn’t make it big, there’s something wrong with the world.”
Other media outlets have joined in the acclaim. Rolling Stone called her a “powerhouse… (like) Bobbie Gentry and Joni Mitchell went on a vacation to Hawaii together.” MauiTime Magazine featured the 21-year old resident in a cover story, noting her “fabulous vocal ability.” And Music Connection enthused in an album review, “an alluring air of mystery, sensuality and danger oozes from these songs.”
Fans of Lily also include music giants including Willie Nelson (“Lily is a talented and beautiful young woman – inside and out. She has a great future ahead of her.”), Steven Tyler (“Lily is a magical musical fairy princess from Maui straight to your heart.”), and Jackson Browne (“Her voice – smoky, sultry, tender and strong, comes from somewhere timeless, yet somehow new.”).
This year has unfolded with the release of They Say and a performance at Luck Reunion hosted on Willie Nelson’s ranch near Austin, TX during SXSW in March. In April, Meola was nominated for three of Hawaii’s Nā Hoku Hanohano Awards: “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Most Promising Artist of the Year,” and “Contemporary Album of the Year.”
The summer was spent in Los Angeles writing and recording new tracks for an eagerly awaited follow-up. Coming on August 27, she will be among the top artists performing at the upcoming OHANA Dana Fest, at Dana Point, CA’s Doheny Point Beach. The all-star benefit event – which also features such icons as Lana Del Rey, Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, X, and Mudhoney – will help generate funds to support efforts towards maintaining coastal access in California’s south Orange County state beaches. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.theohanafest.com.
Produced by Eric Helmkamp (Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan) with additional production from artist/musician Micah Nelson and the legendary Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Chely Wright, George Jones, Merle Haggard), They Say marks an indelible full-length debut for Lily Meola, rich with creativity, confidence, and deeply felt emotion. Among the collection’s many highlights are tracks like the smoky opener, “Bad Weather,” as well as standout vocal duets with Lukas Nelson (“Sound of Your Memory”) and Willie Nelson (“Will You Remember Mine”), the latter song memorably performed by Nelson and Meola at both Farm Aid 2013 and Farm Aid 2014. They Say further features Willie Nelson’s instantly recognizable nylon-string guitar stylings on “LA” and “Movie In My Mind,” along with a remarkable rendition of the timeless “Me and Bobby McGee,” performed as a duet with its celebrated songwriter, Kris Kristofferson. Even with such luminaries on board, the undeniable star of the album is Lily Meola. With her strikingly soulful vocals and timeless approach towards songcraft, They Say stands tall as the surefooted arrival of an original new musical voice.
THEY SAY, is available at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-say/id1124674408
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