Maintaining her distinctiveness as an artist even as she effortlessly breezes between genres and styles is what singer-songwriter Lily Hain does best. The North Carolina-raised and now Brooklyn-based artist unveils her debut EP ‘Drifted’ following the release of singles ‘IMYJ’ and ‘People Grow Apart’ this summer. Also featured on the EP is the unheard ambient track ‘Broken Like Me’.
Lily Hain on the meaning behind the song:
Broken Like Me is a song for anyone who is struggling and feels alone in what they’re going through. It’s about seeing someone who is trying to put on a brave face for the rest of the world where in reality they are crumbling. This song is essentially my way of saying that I see your struggle, I am there for you, and we will be okay as long as we stick together.
The EP, Drifted, is about feeling far away from everyone. The songs were written over the course of the pandemic, which started a few months after I graduated from college. I, like so many others at the time, felt distant and far apart from just about everyone I cared about. Even though I knew in my heart that I had people who loved and cared about me, I couldn’t feel it. The EP at its core is about the loneliness I felt at the time and unrequited love.
Lily Hain began working as a featured writer and vocalist for electronic producers across the globe and has been featured on Spotify’s Fresh Dance and Friday Cratediggers playlists. Lily also has a successful YouTube channel where she posts weekly covers and originals, boasting over 350,000 views. She prides herself on creating uplifting beats and melodies from sombre topics. Lily Hain has also received support from Alex Rainbird, being featured on his compilation playlist. Her debut single ‘Graveyard’ has already garnered over 12,000 streams and showcases her enticingly intimate songwriting style.
With musical inspirations ranging between Billie Eilish, Lennon Stella and Chelsea Cutler, music has gotten Lily Hain through her darkest times. Having found comfort in relatable songs and lyrics herself, Lily Hain hopes to make music that is relatable for others, writing deeply personal songs from her own experiences.
Lily Hain also uses her skills as a video editor to make all her own music videos and artwork. Outside of music and videography, Lily’s biggest passions lie in being an advocate for mental health awareness and for equal rights, especially LGBTQ+ as she is part of the community as a bisexual woman. Women’s rights and Black Lives Matter are also extremely important movements for Lily Hain.