Steamboat Springs Stage fright was never an issue for singer-songwriter Liz Longley. At age 15, she gave her first performance to a crowd of fellow high school students. Ending in a standing ovation, that performance was only the beginning.
“It made me feel like that was what I was supposed to be doing,” Longley said. “I feel completely at home singing for people and talking to them after shows. It’s what I’m meant to do.”
- Friday, May 30, 2014, 7 p.m.
- Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs
/ $10 - $15
The Philadelphia native, known for her organic folk-pop songs, has assembled quite the resume throughout her career as a singer-songwriter.
In the past two years, the 2010 Berklee College of Music graduate has won prestigious songwriting awards including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.
On a national level, Longley had songs featured in ABC’s critically acclaimed series “NY Med” and the 2012 season finale of Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” John Mayer is even a fan, dubbing her music “gorgeous, simply gorgeous.”
Regardless of her impressive list of accomplishments, Longley remains unfazed by the hype of fame. For her, it’s the connections she makes with her audience that drives her passion.
“When I am conveying an emotion that was true to me at a certain time and singing that to people and making that connection with them, it’s a humbling experience.”
For the first time in her career, Longley will visit Steamboat Springs to perform in the Chief Theater’s intimate venue. The performance will start at 7 p.m. Friday and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets still are available for $15 at the theater or online for $10 until 6 p.m. Friday. To buy tickets, go to www.chieftheater.org/purchase-tickets.html.
The song list for the event will incorporate a few of Longley’s new tunes that can be heard on her upcoming album scheduled for release in the fall.
For Chief Theater Executive Director Scott Parker, it was a no-brainer to invite Longley to Steamboat. When he first heard her song “When You’ve Got Trouble,” he knew right away that she would be perfect.
“You can tell when singers are passionate about what they do,” Parker said. “When they are singing and love the song, the passion they have for it shows through in the performance.”
“She’s got soul,” said Brian Smith, local music booker and member on the board of directors for the Chief Theater.
Bringing more to the table than just merely playing a guitar and singing into a stagnant microphone, she delivers soothing yet engaging melodies with revelations of of love, hopes and dreams.
In a space that allows music to take on a form of its own, Smith notes that the Chief Theater will allow Longley’s talent to shine through.
“When someone has that great of a voice and talent, you can hear everything exactly the way it should be,” Smith said.
Whether or not concertgoers have heard Longley’s music before, Smith is confident they will leave pleasantly surprised.