Maui-Born Singer & Songwriter Lily Meola Shares Uplifting Breakup Track “Without You”
October 20, 2023 BY Emma Orland
Maui-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Lily Meola delves into the complex and conflicting emotions after a breakup in her latest single “Without You.” The track perfectly encapsulates the rollercoaster of emotions by pairing upbeat production with heartfelt lyrics. LISTEN HERE and WATCH HERE.
“Normally in a break up someone gets the short end of the stick. This song is about the time in my life where I learned what it feels like when a heart doesn’t break evenly. We kept the production on the more positive side so that whoever can relate to the lyrics can have a moment to dance it out,” elaborates Lily Meola.
This month, Lily brought her mesmerizing live show, garnering fans across the U.S., for a few sold out shows supporting Stephen Sanchez. Stay up-to-date on upcoming tour dates HERE.
Lily earned widespread acclaim with her breakout single “Daydream,” which has generated over 60 million streams and appeared on the Viral Top 50 charts on streaming platforms in over 27 countries for the inspirational message and captivating vocals. The track was recently released as a reimagined version, “(Don’t Quit Your) Daydream,” a captivating take on the original, where her inspiring lyrics take center stage over sweeping cinematic piano. Listen to the song, produced by Jon Levine (Dua Lipa, Rachel Platten, Alessia Cara), HERE.
Lily fell in love with classic singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Cat Stevens through her mom before eventually discovering Adele, Amy Winehouse, and J. Cole. She was homeschooled at the house of legendary producer Bob Rock [Michael Bublé, Nelly Furtado, Metallica] and would contribute background vocals to his projects alongside his daughters. At an early age, Lily’s timeless, soaring vocals caught the attention of songwriting and performing icons like Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler and Kris Kristofferson, with whom she performed and collaborated. Recently, Lily performed at the historic two day concert event at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate Willie’s 90th birthday, dueting with Nelson on their song, “Will You Remember Mine.”
She has spent the last five years honing her own craft as a songwriter working with artists like Andra Day, Corey Harper, Riley Roth, and hit songwriters like Tyler Johnson, Hillary Lindsey, Busbee, Caitlyn Smith, Drew Pearson, Liz Rose, Martin Terefe, Barry Dean, Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, Evan Bogart, Ross Golan, Dave Bassett, Andrew Wells, Mitch Allan, Sasha Skarbek, Eg White, just to name a few.
Lily released “Daydream” in 2021, following the loss of her mother to cancer. Though she put her music aside during her mother’s battle, her mother’s spirit gave her the strength to carry on. On the track she urges, “Darling don’t quit your daydream, it’s your life that you’re making. It ain’t big enough if it doesn’t scare the hell out of you.”
Stay tuned for more details about her upcoming debut album