1. Hi Elizabeth, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you so much for having me guys, I’ve been fantastic. Traveling a lot this year and just released my second single! So, very busy.
2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Easier To Apologize”?
“Easier to Apologize,” is a phenomenal track written by Hillary Lindsey. John McBride and I chose this song after listening to hours and hours of tracks – and Dann Huff, my producer, agreed that it was special. We love this track so much and I feel so lucky to have it.
3. What made you choose to record this song, and what was the process of recording “Easier to Apologize”?
I chose this song because every time I listened to it, it really resonated with me. I think in this day and age we are so consumed by petty things and have stupid arguments with people in our lives. At the end of the day, communication is key – in particular for me, loyalty is key. “Easier to Apologize” talks a lot about remaining loyal even through the difficult times. Having the opportunity to work with Dann Huff was beyond incredible. Once everyone was ready, I flew to Nashville to Blackbird Studios and recorded the track. I wanted all the musicians to be together – which is hardly done anymore – but I wanted that feel and that space for everyone to vibe off each other. I think you can hear it in the finished product.
4. Who are your greatest influences as an artist?
Gosh I have so many influences, it’s difficult to pinpoint one. I would be lying if I didn’t say the 90’s ladies of music have been a huge influence on me. Celine, Mariah, Faith… I love ballads and songs that take you so another place like ballads do. David Foster, my dear friend and Grammy award winner many MANY times over, is also a huge influence; I live for his entire catalogue.
5. Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
For me, the approach whether working solo or as a collaboration is much the same. I think in order to have authentic music one must be exactly that… authentic. I don’t change a thing. I am who I am, and I try to make sure that those I work with are comfortable in their own skin and confident. When you have genuine people, you get genuine product. I think everyone is looking for that these days.
6. What role does growing up in Australia play in your music?
It plays a huge part. Australia is certainly a magical place to grow up and I wouldn’t change that for all the stars in the sky. I was incredibly lucky as a child – growing up on the weekends, my parents allowed no TV, but music was playing the entire time. I heard all the greats and developed a real appreciation. Being in the Aussie country or at the Aussie surf beaches with our laid-back lifestyle most certainly made an impression on who I am a human being, and thus as an artist. We also don’t take ourselves too seriously in Australia, and we don’t like arrogance one little bit, so you are kept very down to earth – which is something I am very proud of.
7. How has your musical perspective changed living in the Middle East?
The middle east in an incredibly special place to me for many reasons. Musically, I have learnt a great deal. Back in the day, singers and poets were held in the highest esteem in the Middle East. Close to kings and gods sometimes. They told the stories of love and war. I have come to learn how similar country music was to Arabic. Both are beautiful mediums of story telling. I am also incredibly proud to be the first Country Artist to be featured and interviewed on the Middle East Hot 30 and the largest radio station in the region Virgin Dubai. It’s an honour to bring country music into the light here, and I’m thrilled to see it growing in popularity.
8. Does the new single mean we can expect more new music? If so, how’s that coming along?
Absolutely. I am a songwriter by nature and have been writing since I was about 5 or 6. I have a lot of material ready to go. I think I was hesitant to record it off the bat because it is so incredibly personal, and that makes you vulnerable. However, one thing I am learning more of is that being honest, open and vulnerable is a magical thing. You connect with people in such a way that only being at your most vulnerable can do. So yes, I will be in the process of recording more very shortly.
9. Any plans to hit the road?
I would love to! That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. Stay tuned!
10. What else is happening next in Elizabeth Donald’s world?
Well, in other news, I have spent a lot of time in France this year as well as Dubai supporting some friends in the fashion industry, and I’d love to continue that. I’m also looking into different vineyards and gin manufacturers as I would love to develop a beverage brand in the future. I’ll be in Nashville this summer as well to escape some of the Middle East summer heat of 120F degrees!!