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Life & Work with Lilly Yan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lilly Yan.

Hi Lilly, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Growing up, I always loved music. I vividly remember creating a concert for my mom and sister when I was probably around 8 or 9. I don’t remember them applauding afterward though… I always loved reading books and immersing myself in fictional times and places. The writing was always a part of me as well. I had a diary and would constantly write in it. Around 15, was when I picked up the acoustic guitar and taught myself how to play it.

After I finally got basic chords down, I started incorporating my voice into it. I would lock myself in my room for hours practicing and singing my favorite songs. I eventually started playing and singing in church and doing mic nights. I finally started doing solo music in 2018 with my first single ‘Daydreamin’ and I was extremely self-conscious about putting it out, but it was like a now or never type thing for me.

Music is about expressing yourself. It’s difficult to be vulnerable, but I believe there are people out in the world that will vibe to what you do put out. I won a ‘Best New Song’ concert a couple of years back that introduced me to writing with amazing songwriters. From then on, I started to take my craft more seriously. So, I’ve been collaborating with others and have frankly just been trying to make music that I enjoy listening to.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. I guess the struggle that I’ve battled with the most is the insecurities and doubts about what I’m putting out. People will always have unwanted opinions about what you’re doing. One thing I’ve learned is that not everyone will like my music, and that’s okay! Music is subjective and I think that is where beauty comes from.

I can’t go without saying that another struggle is the marketing and promotional aspect of this business. It costs a lot of money to try and push your music as an independent artist on a finite budget out which is stressful.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a Musician, Singer, and Songwriter. Something I’m the proudest of would definitely be winning the ‘Best New Song Contest’ that helped me spread my wings as a writer. I felt validated and seen as an independent artist. I believe what sets me apart from others is my drive to continue to grow as an artist, human, and communicator.

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Orlando Yanes and Jonathan Casia

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