We had the good fortune of connecting with elishéva and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi elishéva, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up in a family of doctors and I always thought I would follow the path. The summer before my senior year of high school I saw “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” and it changed my life. I remember the exact moment it happened, the exact moment I knew I’d been lying to myself my whole life. I never took music seriously, but in that moment I swore I would give it my all, just in time for college auditions. I guess at the time I didn’t actually know what I was getting myself into, but once I started I couldn’t stop. A year into Berklee College of Music I started songwriting, and it wasn’t until a year later that I realized I wanted to be an artist. I wrote nonstop for a year, I worked to produce my music and start building my team so I can release songs people can feel through. Music has healed me and I hope my music can heal other people. It’s the biggest risk I’ve ever taken, but I could never regret using my voice in this way.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an independent artist finishing my last year of college in Boston, MA. I like to infuse my jazz background into modern pop songwriting. I just released my debut single, “Bring Me Back,” on all platforms, and I’m super proud of it. I wrote this song, got it produced, and released it all in this weird Covid period, and it wasn’t easy. I’m a very social person, so spending months and months alone in quarantine almost killed me. Focusing on writing and getting my music out there is what made is all worth it. I’ve really found myself as an artist this year, Ive never been more confident and I’m so grateful for it. A lesson I learned this year was to trust the process and trust myself. I’m really hard on myself and learning to be kind and proud of who I’ve become and what I’ve achieved was the biggest lesson of all.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend probably knows LA better than I do hahahah. One of my favorite things to do is drive in LA, down sunset, up to the High Line, down to Venice, I can’t get enough. I’d definitely take her to eat at Café 50’s, this cute little diner on Santa Monica. We’d definitely go to the Melrose Flee Market, and get a late lunch at Zinqué in West Hollywood. I love to be surrounded my musicians and artists, so a show would be next.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe everything to my parents. Their constant support is what allows me to make music. I also wouldn’t be in this country if it wasn’t for them. I was born and raised in Paris, France and Tahiti, French Polynesia. My parents were able to get green cards and move me and my siblings to the States when when I was 8 years old. I learned English and 5 years later we got citizenship. I am eternally grateful for it. A lot of my close friends from Berklee College of Music are international students, and I see how hard it is to be pursuing a career in music and wanting to work in the US without citizenship. My parents are incredible people who gave up everything for their kids and I just hope I can one day repay them in some way.

Website: https://www.elishevalilla.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elishevalilla

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elishevalilla

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUyuQbi0oeLtpp87okBZLQ

Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4TEbR1s4s0CdHvUhTHSZlo

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