Artist Interview – Eliza Neals

What a great day when you realise that you’re going to be completing an interview with Eliza Neals! Eliza Neals is a talented singer / songwriter, spreading her time between both Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. Read on to find out about her collaboration with the Motown legend Barrett Strong, her inspirations and what she’ll be doing in 2011.

Eliza Neals

Eliza Neals

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

Bluesy Motown Rock Soul Fortress

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?


Q: What is your musical background?

Opera Degree from Wayne State, Piano based songwriter, jammed with the best from Detroit, Los Angeles and NYC. Check for complete BiO.

Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 was a good year put a whole lot in motion with my partnership with Motown legend Barrett Strong, writing, publishing and recording. The foundation is in for 2011 to be a great year. I am looking at a 12 city tour to be announce soon starting in NYC. Music Supervisor’s have called and am looking at multiple placements for the older and new music!

Eliza Neals

Eliza Neals

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Stevie Wonder, Barrett Strong.

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Mostly independent artists that get national exposure without big time money!

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
The Black Keys, Jack White, The Roots, Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It all starts with a conversation with myself an from there it turns into a flurry of thoughts that make there way to paper. From there melodies and hooks are created. Then either my songwriting friends are either in on it or they begin to spin the ideas into music.

Eliza Neals

Eliza Neals

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Both are equally important!

Q: Where are you based?
I am based out of Detroit but have a Apt in NYC for biz.

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Unique Detroit is one of a kind beyond your ideas of what you think it’s like! It’s one of the most musical places on the planet! Visit and change your attitude!

Q: What are you currently working on?

2011 album! In the studio here in Detroit right now! 12 City tour and my fab relationship with my man!

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being able to have access and make music with Barrett Strong.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
More recognition and the understanding that the original sound of Detroit has not been exported it’s alive here! If you like DUFFY and Winehouse then you will love the sound from Detroit!

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
First Tour show of 2011 will be in May in Washington DC other in NYC at The Bitter End!

Q: What do you do to relax?
Make love to my amazing man, cant get enough :) …. Workout & Yoga and any Beach!

Eliza Neals

Eliza Neals

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I have so much to say and offer often as a stream so follow me on Twitter @ElizaNealsRocks !

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Editor’s Note: Eliza Neals is an incredibly talented song songwriter and her collaboration with Barrett Strong will undoubtedly introduce a lot of new listeners to Motown music. We’re awaiting her new album with excitement and really want to listen to what she’s created. Also, she’s the sort of artist that puts on an amazing live show, so definitely check her out if she’s in a town near you! :-)

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