Songwriting Is Therapeutic for Downingtown West Grad, Nashville-Based Musician

Liz Longley

Liz Longley started down the path to a singing/songwriting career after performing for the first time in front of her fellow students at Downingtown West High School, where they gave her a standing ovation, writes Danny Coleman for N.J. Arts.

“I was unprepared for that sort of reaction, and it was a life-changing moment,” said Longley. “That’s when I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

Since then, Longley has evolved into a versatile writer and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While she enjoys playing both guitar and piano, she focuses most on songwriting.

“That’s really where writing started for me. It was therapeutic. That’s what I love about it: it’s free therapy,” she said.

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Once Longley moved to Nashville, she learned that co-writing is a big part of the music scene.

“I am lucky to be in a phase where I’m writing almost every day; it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

Her dedication earned her a deal to record multiple albums.

While playing in Nashville at the Franklin Theatre, there was “someone in the audience from Sugar Hill Records who said, ‘We’d like to sign you.’”

Read more about Liz Longley at N.J. Arts here.

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