If you’re an actor or a singer, Los Angeles and New York City are worlds away from Iowa and Illinois. It’s true that you can be discovered anywhere, but it’s also true that once you bite the bullet and move to the big city and start hitting the streets and playing clubs that your chances of “making it big” increase.
For Eli Lieb, he’s working hard to make those dreams come true — first in New York City and now in Los Angeles.
While he’s very busy prepping his new album and his new song and video, “Young Love”, Eli and I corresponded late last week for this blog.
Lieb grew up in southeastern Iowa about two hours from the Quad Cities. He moved to New York City when he was 20-years-old and stayed there for more than a decade playing his music, recording his self-titled and self-produced debut album, and taking advantage of social media and the internet to get his music out there.
Eli tells me, “Being in control over who I am and what I do has been such a blessing. I’m always open to everything and anything but so far it has been very rewarding to be able to create all that I have created totally on my own.”
On his YouTube page, Eli has an extensive collection of songs featuring his versions of hits by one of his influences, Robyn, along with Rihanna, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Maroon 5, Lana Del Ray, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga.
While he was putting the finishing touches on his new song and video, “Young Love”, America started hearing about Steve Grand, a Chicago singer, who released a video featuring a one-sided same-sex affair — a gay man crushing on his straight or curious friend. While no country station is brave enough to add that song, “All-American Boy”, Eli says that the internet opens up a whole new avenue for musicians, especially gay singers and artists.
“Social networking is definitely a huge help. Times they are a-changing, and people want that change. I am so happy that Steve released a fearless video as well – there seriously must be something in the air for us to both release videos like this within a week of each other, and I love that! All I want is for people to live their lives without fear and for this world to be as unified and peaceful as possible.”
Since debuting late last week, “Young Love” has already been viewed on YouTube more than 200,000 times!
Eli says, “I’m so excited about ‘Young Love’. It completely represents where I am as a songwriter right now and it’s definitely a sign of what’s to come from me . And I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the video came out. I really just wanted to capture the feeling of being newly in love and just living life in that happy elated state.”
In the “Young Love” video, Eli’s love interest is played by Aaron Milo, who is originally from Rockford, Illinois.
Aaron starred in the gay comedies, “Eating Out 4: Drama Camp” (2011) and “Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend” (2012) as Benji, the new “straight” boy. If you haven’t seen the movies, they are hilarious.
Eli and Aaron not only share Eli’s first screen kiss, but by being friends, they have more in common! Eli adds, “Working with Aaron was really great. He’s a good friend of mine, so it was really fun to bring him into the video. We had a blast running around for 2 days having fun and filming. The whole cast was amazing and we all totally bonded over this experience. And as Aaron was already friend of mine, so we have definitely discussed Britney together 🙂 ”
And, while this is about the ultra-talented Eli, I have to share this fun and sexy video that Aaron made with his “Eating Out” co-star Daniel Skelton. Britney fans rejoice!
With his new album on the way and “Young Love” gaining traction, you’ll definitely be hearing much more about Eli Lieb. And, no matter how popular he gets, I know that Eli will never forget his Iowa roots.
Eli says, “Well, since I grew up in Iowa and still spend a good amount of time there, I’m totally bias. I can just say it’s one of my favorite places on earth. The people are so kind and accepting and it really is a wonderfully beautiful place to be.”
You can learn much more about Eli on his website, http://elilieb.com/