Liv Waters’ will make her way through your speakers in time
By Olivia Williams
Liv Waters is not your run-of-the-mill 19 year old by any means. Already having her debut EP out dubbed “In Time” that was recorded in Nashville with Charlotte Avenue Pictures and Lighthouse along with the music video for the title track “In Time,” Liv doesn’t have much time for what many people consider a “normal” 19 year old’s life, but it’s quite obvious she wouldn’t have it any other way.
In the small upstate town of Lagrangeville, New York is where Liv Waters was born and raised and found her love of music. Growing up with her father playing drums in a local band, she was always tagging along to his gigs and that was what formed her interest in music from an early age.
”It was important to my parents that my siblings and I learned piano at a young age so in kindergarten, I began taking piano lessons with an older woman at my church, Sue Tyler. A few years later I was writing my own songs (not great songs but I was still writing them) singing, and performing them at little recitals in the basement of my church,” recalled Liv.
When she started to perform (even if it was in a basement of a church) Liv knew what she wanted to do: she was going to be a musician. While other girls her age were playing house and dreaming of the perfect little family, Liv, had her hopes and dreams set on a life a bit different. Liv grew up playing classical music and she toyed around with many different instruments like the piano, flute, clarinet, and saxophone, but, in high school, it was her dad’s old guitar with a hole in it that she found she loved playing and has stuck with. That’s when she really fell in love with writing and singing country music.
The first time Liv played guitar and sang in front of people was at her church’s summer camp, performing in a worship circle of about 10 people. She said “I was so nervous that I was shaking, but everyone supported me to come back and lead worship, so I did.”
Since then, Liv has been playing at open mics and booking gigs around New York, Nashville, and countless other cities. When asked about her first paid show she said, “I was such a mess that the show was a 3 hour set and I played the same 1 hour set 3 times in a row (everyone acted like they didn’t notice but they all definitely did).” Even though she was a mess she ended up loving performing for people.
Although, as much as she loved playing shows, after her high school graduation she ended up attending The State University of New York studying nutrition. Liv said “My first semester, my guitar (not the one with the hole in it) sat under my bed behind stacks of textbooks, laundry baskets, and blankets. Those 4 months were the 4 single worst months in my life to this date.”
So needless to say she was missing playing music and after going home for winter break she decided she would finish out the school year and then pursue music full time.
“When I was in a 3 hour organic chemistry lab and I would be humming a tune that I came up with, I would run to the bathroom to record it on my phone to finish the song later so I wouldn’t forget it. I would write lyrics in class instead of notes,” admitted Liv.
Finally, out of college she started hitting music full time, playing anywhere and everywhere. She had done some scratch recordings in a basement of a friend’s house and sent them EVERYWHERE and it has paid off. William Gawley and Michelle Robertson of Charlotte Avenue Pictures and Lighthouse reached out and said they loved what she was doing, and she was in Nashville recording for her EP and music video a few months later. She fell in love with Nashville the first time she went and plans on moving there in the future.
When asked how to describe her new album it was just one word and it was “raw.” Liv has been writing songs since middle school so she had a lot of material to work with. The EP has five songs on it and the first song, “Left of Me,” was written at the summer camp where she first performed. The other 4 songs were inspired by experiences Liv has had in her life. Like, “When The Young Die” is a more personal song, about losing her god-mother to cancer a few months ago and “In Time” is about seeing her ex everywhere even though he was not there.
Here’s a few questions I asked Liv to get to know her a bit better!
Q: Any future plans? Perhaps an album or anything you are working on or would like to work on in the future.
A: I have a Christmas single coming out on Black Friday called “Nothing Merry.” I recorded this in New York City and it will be on Silverado Record’s Christmas Compilation CD. I have been writing a lot as well so I plan on moving to Nashville and getting another album and music video out soon. Also, I am in the process of booking a tour for 2018 which is both hectic and exciting at the same time.
Q: Did you help with hurricane relief efforts? Or have or know anybody that was affected by the recent hurricanes?
A: In the past, along with UM Army, I have been going south to help rebuild with Habitat for Humanity for hurricane relief since I was 14. I have not gotten time to take a trip yet this month, but I have helped with my church and other organizations to fundraise and try to help out as much as we can to get them into a better place and rebuild.
Q: What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I love the outdoors. When I travel, I would prefer to camp in a tent than be in a hotel. My boyfriend, Chris, and I like to go on spontaneous adventures so we pack up the car, and drive somewhere and set up camp. It is on my bucket list to hike the entire Appalachian Trail before I die. And, I watch the Hannah Montana movie a lot more than I should.
Q: What is on your playlist at the moment?
A: “Sway” by Danielle bradbery is playing nonstop in my head. I sing it when I am driving, walking around the grocery store, in the shower. It is my go to song at the moment.
Q: Do you have any other interest other than music?
A: I love to cook and I actually build custom handmade longboards. My boyfriend glues the wood together, cuts it out, shapes it, and sands the wood, and I paint them and we sell them! Our brand is Livis Longboards and we love doing that.