Eli Lieb /ˈiːlaɪ liːb/ (born September 11, 1979) is an independent and openly gay American pop singer-songwriter from Fairfield, Iowa. He resides in Los Angeles, where he is working on his sophomore album.
At age twenty, Lieb left his hometown of Fairfield, Iowa to pursue music professionally in New York City. In addition to attending classes at The New School, Lieb began singing at local open mic sessions, where he was introduced to Jonathan Daniel of Crush Management. The two began meeting with record labels and Lieb began collaborating with other songwriters. In the course of these meetings, Lieb's father died and he abruptly stopped his music career. Lieb moved back to Fairfield and went more than three years without playing or writing a song.
2009-11: Debut album: Eli Lieb:
In 2009, Lieb began recording covers of popular songs to YouTube from his home in Fairfield. His videos quickly began accruing a large number of views, and the positive response he received online encouraged him to release his first album, the self-titled Eli Lieb, independently on October 25, 2011. Lieb wrote, recorded, and produced the album on his own in Fairfield.
2013-present: post-debut singles:
In 2013 Lieb moved to Los Angeles to further his career as a singer and songwriter. Lieb has collaborated with artists including Cheyenne Jackson and Crystal Bowersox. He is also confirmed to have collaborated with Adam Lambert after their being spotted together on multiple occasions.
Lieb's single Young Love was released in July 2013, with music blog Idolator calling it "an instantly catchy, uplifting pop/rock anthem that sounds like a cross between Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen." In October 2013, Lieb's YouTube cover of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" went viral and was supported through social media by singers Adam Lambert and Lucy Hale.
In 2014, Lieb released a free digital download titled "Safe In My Hands" in conjunction with Allstate's #OutHoldingHands campaign. The song was performed and co-written by Lieb, and was featured in a short animated film for the same campaign. "Safe In My Hands" was also featured in the Season 2 summer finale of ABC Family's The Fosters.
On July 8, 2014, Lieb released a single "Zeppelin" produced by John Feldmann. The accompanying music video was released on July 15, and was directed by Geoff Boothby. Lieb has stated he expects to release another original single in 2014 and is currently working on his sophomore album with producer Feldmann.
As of July 2014, he has over 22 million views on his YouTube channel.
Lieb is a lifelong practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, which he credits with giving him a sense of awareness and spirituality that has helped keep him grounded while creating honest music. Lieb is a graduate of the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, and has knowledge of Sanskrit. He has worked with the David Lynch Foundation to fund teaching of Transcendental Meditation.