Fabulous Londoners: Liz Coyles
Here’s the scene: It’s a Friday night in downtown London. I had just finished dinner with two of my girl friends and we were heading to view some Poetry Slam at the London Music Club. We strolled over to what we thought was the LMC, bought our tickets and a drink and sat down.
What happened next has brought me to writing this today.
We weren’t at the LMC, we were at the London Music Hall. Apparently this is a common mistake. A tall, gorgeous and elegant blonde woman entered the stage and started signing. Her soulful voice grabbed my attention right away and from that moment on I was a fan of Liz Coyles.
What a fantastic mix-up!
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to London’s own Liz Coyles.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Liz Coyles, born and raised in the beautiful London, Ontario. I recently turned 25 years old. I am currently living in Toronto, Ontario and loving every minute of it. I spend a lot of my days writing and recording new music. I also serve at a restaurant to help pay the bills while I get my singing career kick started. I like to spend my days off exercising with my chocolate lab Stella; she is constantly full of energy!
How did you first get into music?
This is kind of a funny story. I didn’t really realize I had a good singing voice until I was 22. My friend and I were just playing around with a guitar one night and we recorded a few songs. When I listened back the next day I liked what I heard and decided to try out a new hobby.
I taught myself how to play a few chords on the guitar and started writing my own music. The following September I entered the ‘Western Idol’ competition at UWO. I went on to win the competition and from there I began to get connected with the right people in the Toronto music scene.
What really kick started everything was winning the $25,000 grand prize for the ‘It’s Your Shot’ contest hosted by Slaight
Music. From there my first single ‘Butterflies’ went to radio and we’ve been working together ever since.
How would you describe your music style?
We are still doing a lot of experimenting with my ‘sound’ when it comes to my music. I would say that naturally my voice is soft yet soulful. It has a unique tone to it which I believe comes from my love and influence of British pop music.
What other musical artists inspire you?
I always feel so cliché answering this question with this artist but Adele is someone who really inspires me as an artist. At the time she released her album ‘19’ I was going through a time in my life that seemed to echo a lot of the things she sang about on her album. Before I even knew I could sing her music really touched me. I will always love her for her incredible song writing skills, her untouchable voice and her I don’t give a sh*t what you think about me attitude.
Ed Sheeran is an artist who I am also really inspired by and respect a lot. He is an artist who writes his own music and gives you a live show that is identical to his recordings. That is something I really admire and aspire to deliver myself.
How has London played a role in your musical career?
London has been a wonderful support for my music right from the early days. Local venues like The London Music Club, The Barking Frog and APK Live, to name a few, have opened their doors to allow my music to be heard since day one.
I find the people of London have really embraced me as an artist and are rooting for me. It feels amazing and I am so grateful for all of the support I have received from the residents there.
I think the most important thing to remember is to NEVER set limitations on what you dream. The moment you do that, you limit yourself from ever reaching your full potential.
What advice would you give to others in making their dreams a reality?
My advice for anyone trying to make their dreams a reality would be to stop thinking and start doing. It is so much easier said than done but you will amaze yourself at what you can accomplish if you follow your heart, step out of your comfort zone and try something. I think the most important thing to remember is to NEVER set limitations on what you dream. The moment you do that, you limit yourself from ever reaching your full potential.
What was it like to perform at Canada’s Walk of Fame?
Performing at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival was an incredible experience this past year. I had the opportunity to open for K’Naan at Massey Hall. That was a night I will never forget.
I also did a show at Nathan Phillips Square which was amazing. I was singing my first single ‘Butterflies’ and I noticed one particular girl in the crowd singing along with every word. I melted on the inside. It was such an incredible feeling.
You recently released your new single “What Was I Thinking”; can you give us a hint about what we can expect from you next?
I am so happy with my newest single ‘What Was I Thinking’! We are currently waiting to see how the song does at radio and I think we will make our next move from there. In the meantime I am working with lots of new writers and producers to generate a bunch of new original material. You can always be kept in the loop via my Facebook page : Liz Coyles and my Twitter: @lizcoyles.
What is the last book you read?
I just finished reading ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma. This is the second time I’ve read the book. I love the book because it reminds you that success isn’t everything that society tells you it is. Essentially the book is a guide to living a more purposeful life while following your dreams. It’s an easy read but a wonderful reminder of how to live a better life.
What is the last song you listened to on your iPod?
The last song I listened to on my iPod was ‘Stand Behind the Music’ by Anjulie. She is an amazing Canadian artist and I LOVE the message behind the song.
To listen to and purchase Liz’s latest single ‘What Was I Thinking?’ visit here. You have to hear a sample of her singing voice…it’s hard to believe she didn’t know she had talent until the age of 22.
So my message to the world, we’ll let you have her but don’t forget she came from here!
Thank you so much to Liz for participating in this interview. We wish you all the best in your career!