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Meet Lindsey Lomis: the Singer-Songwriter Destined for Stardom

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March 24, 2023

Lindsey Lomis is undoubtedly one of the most exciting young artists on the music scene right now.

The singer-songwriter’s unique brand of soul-pop has generated millions of streams online and earned her a growing fanbase – which includes support from industry titans such as Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, and Shawn Mendes.

Ahead of the release of her new single 'Bad News / Good News' (out now) and eagerly anticipated EP 'Universe' (out April 14), Lindsey spoke to The Teen Magazine about finding inspiration, touring with Joshua Bassett, and creating the music that has made her a force to be reckoned with.

'Universe' EP Artwork

A Star Is Born

At just 20 years old, Lindsey Lomis has established an impressive back catalogue of music that could rival some artists more than twice her age.

There is something for everyone: from her soulful debut song ‘Simple Love’ and irresistible hit single ‘save your breath’, to the acoustic versions that highlight her raw and authentic musical talent.

Lomis' versatile vocal range, breathtaking riffs, and heartfelt lyrics have become a trademark, but it is also worth remembering that they are the result of nearly a decade of hard work and dedication to her craft.

Photo by Kirsten Barnett

Born and raised in Nashville – a city famous for producing outstanding musical talent – Lomis discovered her passion for music at the age of nine and has been fine-tuning her skills and style ever since.

“Growing up, artists like Tori Kelly, Adele, H.E.R., Allen Stone, and Amy Winehouse kickstarted my love for soulful vocals and jazzy guitar,” she says.

“I’m so drawn to a voice with depth. It feels instinctual to sing soulfully and insert tasteful riffs where I can. It’s also just the most fun way to sing, in my opinion!”

Behind-the-Scenes of 'Universe'

“The Universe EP contains sonically the biggest records I’ve made yet,” Lomis reveals. “They feel made to be played live, with a band next to me and a crowd dancing and singing along.”

The upcoming release – which follows on from the success of her third EP ‘Daydreaming’ – showcases yet another new side to the rising artist.

“I feel like I’ve really opened up and found myself,” she explains. “These songs are definitely the most vulnerable ones I’ve shared with people, telling stories that have happened to me over the past year. There’s a confidence to this EP that I’ve never had before, and it feels absolutely incredible.”

Photo by Kirsten Barnett

The first single to be released from its tracklist, 'This Time (I Don't Wanna)', is a triumph and a symbol of even greater things to come. With deeply personal lyrics that many young people will be able to relate to, this anthem perfectly illustrates the newfound “confidence” that Lomis mentioned.

The song, she says, is about finally finding someone whom she liked and cared about and not wanting to mess it up with them. “I’ve had a bad pattern of ending relationships, being unable to really open myself up to someone. I wrote this song about how some people are worth getting your heart broken for.”

On the creative process behind the single, Lindsey says: “ 'This Time (I Don’t Wanna)' all began with my collaborators (Kole and Ariza) and I singing some random harmonies in the room. Ariza recorded them on his iPad and chopped them up, creating the first sound you hear in the song.”

“Lyrically, I write everything with Kole. She knows me, what I’m going through, and the people in my life better than anyone. We usually just start by talking. I update her on what’s going on in my life and she listens and gives advice. It truly is a therapy session!”

Life on Tour

Alongside the imminent release of her new music, Lindsey is currently wowing live audiences as the supporting act on labelmate Joshua Bassett's US tour, with dates running until April 12.

“It’s been such an honor to open for him. I’ve never experienced an audience like his — so willing to support someone they don’t even know. It’s rare as an opener to receive that kind of love and positive energy from a crowd.”

Photo by Kirsten Barnett

The opportunity arose after Bassett discovered a viral TikTok video of Lomis playing an acoustic version of her original song 'call me when u get home'.

“He told his team he wanted me to open for him when he goes on tour one day (the tour hadn’t even been in the picture yet). Luckily, when he eventually planned his tour, he remembered me and made it happen!”

Songwriting Success

Last month also saw Lindsey reach another significant musical milestone - her first songwriting cut on Dove Cameron and Khalid's powerful new ballad 'We Go Down Together'.

Lomis initially wrote the song - aged 17 - with her friends and fellow songwriters Ryan Daly, and Connor and Riley McDonough. However, despite recognizing that the song was “special”, it lay dormant for several years. “It never felt like I was made to sing it, so I didn’t put it out," she tells us.

Photo by Kirsten Barnett

“Somehow, it landed in Dove Cameron’s hands and she loved it. Next thing I knew, Khalid cut a vocal for it.”

How did it feel when the song was finally released to the public by these other incredible musicians? “I freaked out!” she exclaims, “It’s surreal to hear two artists you’ve known and been a fan of for years singing your lyrics. The night the song came out I couldn’t stop crying happy tears! I felt validated as a songwriter.”

Future Aspirations

Lindsey's recent YouTube series 'Into You' aimed to put inspirational female musicians in the spotlight through a collection of candid interviews. She says that she hopes to continue to advocate for women in music as her career progresses:

“A lot of people think there are only a few spots for successful female artists in music and all that does is create an unhealthy competitive environment. I believe there’s room for everyone, and it’s so much more fulfilling to lift other women up rather than try to beat them. The support I received from my female mentors growing up in Nashville is truly what gave me the confidence to pursue music head on. Being that for someone else would be the dream.”

As for her other aspirations for the future? “The list could go on forever, but currently I’m just so ecstatic to finally release this next phase of music,” she says, “It feels like me and I can’t wait for people to hear it and find a bit of themselves in it.”

“My biggest dream right now is to start playing headline shows with this music. I’m just feeling so grateful and motivated!”

Photo by Kirsten Barnett

Keep Up With Lindsey

Be sure to check out @lindseylomis on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to her YouTube channel.

‘Bad News / Good News’ is out now. ‘Universe’ is due to be released April 14.

Sam Burton
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Sam Burton is the Managing Editor of Interviews at The Teen Magazine.