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Life and Work with Layne Elizabeth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Layne Elizabeth.

Layne, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always loved to sing and perform, but my stage fright kept me from sharing it with the rest of the world for a long time. Performing is one of my biggest passions, and I’ve always had an above average music ability, but growing up, I wanted to stay as far away from the spotlight as possible. I wouldn’t sing (even humming was too much for me) in front of anyone.

After many years of hiding my gifts, a friend convinced me to do a little show at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum with a few other people in the music industry I knew. I’ll never quite understand what came over me when I agreed to sing in front of a couple hundred strangers after locking away my talent for so many years, but I’m glad I did. That show changed my life. That night, I overcame my stage fright and found my confidence. The moment I walked off the stage, I instantly knew that music is what I was made to pursue, and I was going to chase my newfound dream, no matter what it took.

Since then, I’ve played at hundreds of different venues, written more than 60 songs, released my own single, and produced an album this summer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since I was able to overcome my stage fright, it has been a smooth road so far. I try to open every door and see which ones work! Many of the shows I play and people I meet along the way often lead to more shows and more opportunities to go even farther with my music. It is great to pursue your passions if you don’t let fear stop you from doing what you were created to do!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I think the thing that really sets me apart that I’m really proud of is my songwriting. Usually, when I write songs, they are about real people and events of my life. I typically write from my own and sometimes even from other people’s perspectives. I also like to write about my opinions on certain ideas and topics in funny or creative ways. A lot of detail goes into each one of my songs, and I think that a lot of people can relate to them.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Definitely! My parents always encouraged me to follow my dreams with music and gave me opportunities to do that. I was fortunate enough to have amazing music teachers and be surrounded by a lot of great musicians who mentored me and really believed in me.

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Christopher Blumenshine, Bella Poliseno, Jonathon Link

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