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“Turn off the lights” by Lily Jay is a emotional Pop / Rap song which is thoughtful, bittersweet and romantic.

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Interview with Lily Jay

Tell us about yourself, who are you and where do you come from?

Lily Jay established her pop career in 2017 with “Renovate,” a boisterous debut single that narrowly missed the Billboard Hot 100 and fast-tracked her to becoming one of the most popular, acclaimed, and dynamic artists in Australia. Lily is best known for her pop, R&B, Dance, and contemporary material Lily Jay is an internationally renowned singer from Gold Coast, Australia, who has grown popular on TikTok (@Real.LilyJay). Her account has earned more than 1.1 million followers since its inception. Lily began her career staring in Live shows, such as the hit musical “Chicago” and the Tony Award winning show “Hairspray.” She has also been featured as a finalist in the popular TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance”

How was your passion for music born? Who are your idols?

I began my career as a professional dancer. I began my singing career in 2017, I was 23, this was when I released my first single ‘Renovate’ in collaboration with XY LATU, winner of X factor Australia. However after this release I took a step back from the industry. This year ive decided to release “Turn Off The Lights” and will be following with a whole album in the coming months! I decided I wanted to give my music career my all and see where it takes me! I love creating music and hopefully it will inspire others I was raised a very strict catholic so I always sang at Sunday mass! During my teens I received a scholarship to the countries top full time performing arts school where I completed my diploma of musical theatre. I always loved music and rhythm I loved to dance! I love anything to do with the music industry. I love to create and edit videos and film clips also. As im unsigned I direct, create, edit & colour grade my own music clips as I love the creative freedom. I also still love dancing and go to weekly classes my idols are: Dua Lipa Lady Gaga Rihanna Ariana Grande Beyonce Id love to see my song/s on the charts, or randomly be at the super market and hear my song on the radio. The would seriously be a huge achievement!

What kind of music do you do?

I feel my voice is a mix between Dua Lipa and Rita Ora. I love pop and feel good music as well as a bit of RnB :) my new album is also going to have a mix of a few romantic Ballards.

What is the most important song for you? What message do you want to convey to the listener?

I hope they enjoy my vibes and can enjoy the song. I hope it makes them dance, maybe even create a couple of tiktoks to the chorus. I can defiantly see a viral trend transition on “turn off the lights”

Why should a listener who doesn’t know you listen to your music?

I try and stay as real as possible. I also document my music journey on my instrgram which people find interesting the behind the scenes of the music industry. I believe you must always follow your gut. This music industry is very cut throat and people will always try and pull you down. You will always have people talking negatively about your work. You can’t let it get to you. If you have a vision and dream just go for it!

What are your future projects? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

After ‘Turn Off The Lights” I will be releasing an album! It will be releasing in the coming months! This is something ive been working on for over 1 year and is super super close to my heart. Id love to see my song/s on the charts, or randomly be at the super market and hear my song on the radio. The would seriously be a huge achievement!

Tell our readers a funny episode that happened in your career as an artist.

the funniest moment to be completely honest is with my tiktok account. I made tiktok as a joke and was just posting stupid stuff, I never thought anyone would see it, and now I have over 1 million followers! its the craziest thing. its like a hole different side of me people normally wouldn’t see on my music career accounts. there was this one video I made that the media picked up, it involved McDonalds. I cant explain, just watch! Watch on TikTok
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