Libby Knowlton is an Alternative/Indie singer and songwriter from New York City. Discovering her passion for music at a young age, Libby taught herself to play the guitar and several other instruments. While in high school she started crafting music and performing. She released her first self-titled EP in 2015 and an acoustic version of “Girl You’ve Made Me” in 2018 which is the flagship single of her EP that was dropped today by the same name!
This song has blown me away! Gentle and soothing guitar begins this fierce and sensational single, only to be taken back by a glorious voice with stunning low tones. The subtle harmonies found scattered throughout this song complement the dynamics of her voice. With touching lyrics that are super catchy this song relates to the listener on a very personal plane, reaching out to those who feel like their relationship changed them hitting so many aspects of growing up and learning through some of life’s toughest lessons. Singing almost seems effortless for Libby as she saunters along each note with ease and clearly solidifying that this is what she was meant to be doing! She has imported herself into the song, and with each note she presents how personal this song really is to her. Remnants of Kesha and Dua Lipa have jumped out to me in regards to the tone of Libby’s gorgeous voice, and this Alternative/indie song is redefining the genre. The beat is very well thought out and continues to keep heads bobbing. If you like songs about heartache, and struggling with being in love then in my opinion this song is perfect for you!
Listen to “Girl You’ve Made Me” here and get to know more about Libby Knowlton below!
Hey Libby! Can you tell us about yourself?
Hi! First of all thank you for the interview! I’m a singer/songwriter from New York. I’ll be turning 18 next week and I’ll be graduating from high school this year. Ever since I can remember I’ve been involved in music in some way or another. I think I wrote my first song when I was just 11 and then around 14 I realized I wanted to do this for life.
This single is stuck in our heads! What inspired you to write “Girl You’ve Made Me” and what is the meaning behind it?
“Girl you’ve made me” was a song I wrote with the purpose of closing a chapter in my life after a series of relationships that were borderline toxic. At first it was supposed to be a super long rant but the more k thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t actually hate the people I had dated, instead I hated the person I had become for them. This is what the song is about. Everyone at some point in their life has been in a relationship where they are willing to change who they are.
“Girl you’ve made me” is actually the flagship song of my new EP with the same name. The three songs in it tell a story about relationships from my point of view. And I think to get the whole picture, you need to listen to the other two songs “Rose Colored Glasses” and “Games”.
What was the writing process like for your new single?
“Nothing about you stands out” is the first like I ever wrote for the song. This was supposed to be the first like of a long rant but then I wrote “used to drink coffee, now you make me drink tea” and then the vegan line came along and I realized the song had changed from a rant about them to a rant about me. After that, the words just kind of fell in place and I wrote the melody, the chorus and the verses fairly quickly.
Your voice is phenomenal! When did you first start singing?
Well thank you! Like I said, I’ve always been involved In music and my family tells me that ever since I learned how to speak I’ve been singing. Officially, I started making my own music around 10 and I started performing just a couple of years back in small venues in NY.
What’s next for you during 2019?
Now that the EP is out, I can focus on the next set of songs. I’ve been writing a lot lately and I have a couple of demos ready. I’m also going to arrange for some presentations around NY and I’ll be going to London where I’m also planning a couple of small shows.
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