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Eliza [Prolific Profile]

Vancouver, B.C. – One of the most exciting artists to watch from the West Coast is the sultry up and coming R&B singer Eliza. With a hot new single (“Right Now”) featuring Snak The Ripper, and her album debut Born Knowing coming soon, we decided to feature Eliza as HipHopCanada’s latest Prolific Profile. Check out Eliza’s profile after the jump.

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Eliza – Right Now ft. Snak The Ripper
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Q&A with Eliza

HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?

Eliza: Hip-hop to me is a lifestyle, its a culture. There are so many sub-genres within hip-hop. Hip-hop is so real and can be so raw and so beautiful all at the same time. I was attracted to hip-hop at a very young age because it made me feel at peace. I feel I fit in because I’m not trying to be anyone but me. Music is my temple and I’ve had a lot of struggles in my life and I feel hip-hop gives me the chance to express myself in the realest and most honest ways.

HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?

Eliza: What drives me is the love of music. I just get so much satisfaction from it. Its not what I do its who I am so I’ll never stop doing what I’m doing. I’m constantly inspired and always striving to learn more and improve my craft. So if I make it big or not, I’ll always have music in my life.

HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?

Eliza: I was born on Vancouver Island and grew up on Gabriola Island and now I’m currently living in Van City.

HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?

Eliza: I don’t know how much its influenced my sound. I think its more the struggles I’ve faced that have influenced me more then where I’m from but saying that there are definitely many musicians/artist in Vancouver that inspire me all the time.

HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?

Eliza: Really, I have a very diverse fan base from all different ages from all different places. Its really anyone has a love for R&B/hip-hop and soul.

HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?

Eliza: First and foremost would be to make music that you love – because if you spend your life doing what you love, but have no success, you at least spent your life doing something you enjoy. But if you stay true to you and your style and you strive to be your authentic self, most likely you will find success. When your passion is your work you can put endless time and energy into something you truly love and it will never seem like a job. Also, be open minded to other artists and allow yourself to be inspired by interesting musicians and styles.

HipHopCanada: How do you interact with your community?

Eliza: Well, in May 2003, my brother passed away which inspired my family and I to start an organization called The Ride Free Community Association. Ride Free raises awareness about the effects of violence in the community. We’re also trying to build a skate park in name of my brother through this organization. We’ve had many hip-hop shows where I’ve performed but also have the youth involved too. I’ve also been involved in several fundraiser events for cancer. I try to participate as much as I can because I‘ve had many supportive people help my family and I with Ride Free.

HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?

Eliza: Hmm, well anyone that inspires me and makes me want to step up my game.

HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?

Eliza: Well I was lucky enough to go overseas last year and join a band where we toured Asia for seven months. This gave me an opportunity to work with many very gifted artists and learn a lot about the music industry… the good, the bad and the ugly. But I feel it was a gift. It really helped me find myself musically. I’m currently working on my debut album Born Knowing and I’ve just released my second single called “Right Now” featuring Snak the Ripper Which is available on iTunes (you know I had to plug that! [Laughing]) We start shooting the video in a few weeks with video director Mista Hindz. I recently collaborated with Evil Ebenezer for his album that’s dropping soon and I’m also working on a new single with Caspian. I was recently nominated for “Best R&B Artist” at the Urban Culture Conference Awards so please take a moment and vote for me at I’m working with a great team of people right now and there are many exciting collabs and projects coming up.

HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?

Eliza: First off, I’d like to say a huge thank-you to HipHopCanada for featuring me on your site. Shout-outs to Ride Free, Ephin Apparel and It Lives In The North. Look out for my debut album Born Knowing Coming soon and please request my single “Right Now” featuring Snak The Ripper on your local radio stations. Also don’t forget to vote for me at the UCC Awards. Thank-you everyone for all the love and support. It’s greatly appreciated!


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  1. Sandra

    I’m so loving her song! heard it on the Beat just the other day Great to see her getting interviewed!

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