Elise Leavy is the Faerie Kid of Folk
Dive into the enchanting world of Elise Leavy, a musician hailing from the picturesque Monterey, California through her latest album A Little Longer. Elise’s artistic journey is steeped in the influence of her magical surroundings and a childhood filled with music, thanks to her mom’s painting and stepdad’s musical talents. Growing up with a deep appreciation for nature and a belief in faeries, Elise shares how these elements shaped her musical perspective.
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As we explore Elise’s musical evolution, we touch on her experiences with live performances, overcoming stage fright, and the art of songwriting. Her unique approach to music, stemming from a background rich in magical thinking, reflects in her exploration of various musical instruments, from accordion to guitar, piano, fiddle, and more. We also uncover the impact of her time at summer camps, fostering a sense of community that continues to shape her artistic expression.
The episode delves into the intriguing intersection of Elise’s musical journey and homeschooling, highlighting the unconventional path she took to prioritize her love for music. She left public school in eighth grade to focus on music and worked her schedule around attending music camps. She would go on to study at New England Conservatory Of Music in Boston, lived briefly in New York and after several years in Nashville, she has recently found herself living in Lafayette, LA. The songs on her new album A Little Longer were mostly written while she lived in Boston and New York. Elise also opens up about her connection to music, magical creatures, and the harmonious blend of romance in her musical creations.