Elizabeth South is not your average singer/songwriter. She is also a full-time elementary music and drama teacher. She pursues her goal of a worldwide music ministry to both young and old with as much passion as she always devotes to her teaching.
Elizabeth’s music explores the eclectic styles of theater, spirituality, romance, ballad, and even dance. She pours her heart into every song she writes. Her Music Therapy background has also found a home in her music, being both healing and uplifting. Her voice has been described as mysterious, magical, soothing, and angelic.
Since Elizabeth first began singing in public when she was about seven years old, she has been involved in many live performances, singing solos at various venues, singing in choirs and musicals, and performing in various plays including several at the North Carolina Theater. As part of her artistic development, she attended prominent schools such as the North Carolina School of the Arts and New York University (NYU), where she studied in the musical theater program and in the drama program at the Tisch School of the Arts. She has two undergraduate degrees, one in drama and the other in Music Therapy, and she also received a Master of Arts in Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In May of 2009, Billy Smiley (founder of the rock group White Heart), heard Elizabeth’s song, “Have Faith,” and corresponded with her about producing that song for release worldwide. So they got together in Nashville, TN and co-wrote twelve songs for her nationally acclaimed 2010 release called “The Mysteries of Our Minds.” Elizabeth's Nationwide Radio Single from that album, "Have Faith," came close to hitting the Top 20 on the Billboards for Soft/AC Inspirational and was in the Top 10 for Most Added to Radio stations several times. The song reached the Top 30 in Christian Radio Weekly. This song aired on radio stations such as American Family Radio and WEEC. Elizabeth has been a featured artist through several radio interviews on these stations. She filmed her first Music Video, “Have Faith,” with Dove Award winner, Ben Pearson (Michael W Smith – “This is Your Time”). The video explores a visual theme that is important to Elizabeth’s heart. This song has also touched many people all over the world by bringing hope, faith, and encouragement to those who are hurting.
Elizabeth’s second Radio Single, “I Will Trust You,” which is a track from her New Upcoming Album called, "Do It Afraid," was released as a single about a year ago and was also on the Billboards twice for most added to stations. It is still continuing to make an impact today through her second Music Video for this song that can be found on her Youtube page at www.youtube.com/elizabethsouth. This Music Video and her new album will also be featured in the www.INTERLINC-online.com Music Video Loop and YLO Youth Leader’s Catalog this coming year.
Elizabeth’s New Single, “Don’t Give Up On Your Love,” is being released as a Single, but will also be offered as a Bonus track on her New Upcoming “Do It Afraid” Album. Even though Elizabeth explored various styles of music on her debut and new album, this song expresses a pop/rock/electronic dance style that is a totally new genre for her. Many listeners love listening to all of her songs, but kept encouraging her to do an upbeat rock song as well. So Elizabeth chose to write a song in a style of music that she enjoys. "Don't Give Up On Your Love" was programmed by Joel Wild and the electric guitar part was played by George Cocchini (DCTalk). The song expresses an idea that Elizabeth has been wanting to share for a long time of never giving up on the things in life that are important to her such as love, goals, dreams, and perseverance. She has often felt that temptation to give up on things due to road blocks. In this song, she encourages her listeners to "Don't give up, don't give in, find the freedom that love can give." She encourages listeners to step forward in spite of fears, setbacks, and doors that may slam, to renew the mind, even if it might sometimes be difficult. Her third Music Video for this song, “Don’t Give Up On Your Love,” also directed by Ben Pearson, is visually industrial and cool. . . it is also visually appropriate and a good influence for youth today. The Music Video is the visual inspiration for the “Do It Afraid” digipak design. You can watch the new music video at: www.youtube.com/elizabethsouth.
Elizabeth will be releasing her New “Do It Afraid” Album November 1st, 2011. Her inspiration for this album and the song came after she surprisingly developed stage fright several years ago. One morning when she was terrified of a particular upcoming performance, she read a devotional and book written by Joyce Meyer that was called Do It Afraid. She was immediately inspired to write the song, “Do It Afraid,” after reading that devotion and the book. In Joyce Meyer’s book, she shares the true life story of Elisabeth Elliot’s fear of returning to the ministry in Ecuador after her husband, Jim Elliot, had been killed by the very people they had ministered to. She was paralyzed by the feelings of fear and every time she tried to go back into ministry, her fear stopped her. Then a friend told her something that set her free. Her friend said, “Why don’t you do it afraid?” She then followed that advice and went back to evangelize the Indian tribe of Ecuador, including the very people who had killed the one she loved. Many times we think we should wait to do something we feel called to do when we are no longer feeling afraid. The concept of “no fear” has become a popular motto. And while that is a wonderful idea, many of us have a difficult time getting rid of those feelings no matter how much we pray or believe. But if we wait until we no longer feel afraid, we may accomplish very little for God, others, and ourselves. So even if you feel afraid, go ahead and do what God has called you to do, knowing that He will always be with you, even if you have to do it afraid!
In conjunction with Elizabeth’s amazingly pure and beautiful voice, Billy Smiley, who also sang and played acoustic guitar, put together a great cast of musicians and engineers including Rick Florian—vocals (lead singer of White Heart—sang with Elizabeth on “Someday,” “I Will Follow,” and “Do It Afraid” ); Blair Masters—piano and synths (Casting Crowns, Mercy Me); Ken Lewis—drums (Michael W Smith, etc. plays for Elizabeth’s new album); Dennis Holt—drums (Taylor Swift, City on a Hill); Matt Pierson—bass (Michael W, Smith, Natalie Grant); Anthony Sallee – bass (player for White Heart & played on Elizabeth’s cover of “Desert Rose”); Scott Denté—acoustic guitar, and Christine Denté—vocals (Out of the Grey); George Cocchini—guitars (DC Talk); Gordon Kennedy—sitar (White Heart); Brennan Smiley—guitars (Charity Von, Di Stasio); Greg Hagan—guitars (Little Big Town, Katinas); Joel Wild (programmed “Don’t Give Up On Your Love”); and Billy Whittington—mixing engineer (Vanessa Williams, Amy Grant, Twila Paris)—to totally create the right environment for her voice to come through like never before.
She is also very excited to continue presenting herself and her music to the world—with the aspiration that her songs will connect with people and bring them into a different place where they can think about life, love, and the mysteries surrounding the choices and decisions one makes. “I am encouraged,” says Elizabeth, “when I hear from people who say my music touches them on some level, that it helps heal them and connects them to happiness and hope in a fresh way. I feel as if my voice was a special gift from the beginning, even as a little girl, and so I love to be able to share that gift with people who listen, so that the music and my voice can be a healing wind for them."
Elizabeth also wishes to leave a message for all of her listeners who write her often and purchase her music: “I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your wonderful messages about my music and for purchasing my music. It encourages me daily. You are all so kind and I thank you all. It is important for me to let you know this, since I will not be able to respond to all of your messages as much in the coming year, due to my busy schedule. Please understand and know how grateful I truly am.”
Elizabeth concludes with this thought, “If I can take my music to the larger world, then I will feel as if I have come full circle from being that little girl who just loved to sing to being the accomplished artist who is able to do what I was made to do.”
"The Mysteries of our Minds," "Don't Give Up On Your Love - Single," and the NEW “Do It Afraid” CD now available at www.elizabethsouth.com!
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