Richmond Heights native musician Lizzie Weber left St. Louis, but her roots still nurture her music
“Lizzie Weber’s ‘Falling Like Fools’ Is Your New Favorite Song About Heartbreak,” read a Huffington Post story from September of 2014 about the Richmond Heights native’s first single from her eponymous debut album.
The singer-songwriter’s music has been lauded in the time since, with the music video for “Falling Like Fools,” screening at several film festivals and winning the “Best Music Video of 2016” from the Real Teal Film Festival in North Carolina.
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Now, Weber is working on her second independently-released album and just finished production on her first single “Love Again,” with help from a Regional Arts Commission grant, which allowed her to work with Grammy-winning producer Sheldon Gomberg. Gomberg has worked with the likes of Ben Harper, Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams.
You can listen to “Love Again” here.
Weber recently moved away from St. Louis to Washington with her boyfriend, but said that the city was formative in her songwriting and performance.
“St. Louis is such an incredible community for artists who are getting their start and trying to find their voice in music,” Weber told St. Louis on the Air contributor Steve Potter.
Weber said that growing up in Richmond Heights, she did not originally have her sights set on music. In fact, she wanted to follow her mom into nursing. When she went to school at Marquette University, though, everything changed.
“I was playing with writing music a little bit, listening to Joni Mitchell, and realized it was a creative outlet I couldn’t ignore,” Weber said.
Music allowed for her to care for people in a way different from nursing.
“There was a part of me that wanted to combine the desire to nurture and take care of people but also express myself, express my craft and be vulnerable and open with my music,” Weber said.
Weber moved to Los Angeles for a time after college but still found her St. Louis roots to be important to her songwriting career.
“The fact that I came in contact with some musicians who really inspired me at the very beginning helped shaped my desire to continue what I was doing as an artist and continue exploring that openness to my music,” Weber said.
Weber specifically credits her friendship with Billy Croghan, who leads the local band Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, with taking her under his wing when she was starting in songwriting in her early ‘20s. He took her to open mics at Venice Café.
“I think I realized that I had a support here that was really going to be invaluable,” Weber said.
That support has come in handy as she’s working on her next self-funded album, which she hopes to release at the end of this year. Weber is focusing on recording one song at a time.
While the forthcoming album may have a bigger, more finely-tuned sound, listeners can look forward to one thing that will stay the same — Weber’s level of vulnerability.
“I’m trying to take myself out of it, but as much as I do that, I keep going back to writing about personal experience,” Weber said.
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