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“Superstar” – Single and Music Video

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Elizabeth South’s Single, “Superstar” is a song from her “I Love You” album to be released February 25, 2013. This Katy Perry styled song was inspired by the “star students” she teaches. In addition to being a Singer/Songwriter, Elizabeth South is a full time Preschool Music and Drama Elementary Teacher. Her students encouraged her to write some more pop styled songs, so she did. And the song is dedicated to her students.

Her students have enjoyed the Single and Music Video so much that they are preparing to sing it in their Grandparents Day Music program coming up in May. The students have been enjoying singing and performing this song!

You can Purchase the “Superstar – Single” from iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/superstar-single/id590818239

You can also watch the Music Video, featuring child actor, Evan Fielding, who is also featured in Big & Rich’s “That Why I Pray” Music Video.

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I Love You (duet with Vince Gill) – LYRICS

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I love you
Even though I’ve never met you
I’ve prayed for you
That you’ll come my way
The thought of you
Makes me wonder if it’s true
Me and you
Could we ever work

I’m saving all the best of me
With no regrets I do believe
Hurry now it’s getting late
I can’t wait
‘Cause I love you

I stay awake
Thinking how I’d hold you
It’s not too late
Oh, I can’t let it go

I’m saving all the best of me
With no regrets I do believe
Hurry now it’s getting late
Even if I have to wait

Standing on the edge
Of what I see
Will you come
And be a part of me


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New Upcoming Album. . .

Dear friends, I am excited to let you know that I will be releasing my 5th album this coming year! I had such an amazing summer in Nashville, TN again. This album will be different than all the rest. . . It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, with songs based on some of the top 40 styles today like Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum. The album will be called “I Love You.” I will have a new professional music video called “Superstar” that I will be dedicating to all my students where I teach coming out as well. Stay tuned for more information. . .

 


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Just a Prayer Away – new iTunes EP – Elizabeth South

Hey, friends!  I just wanted to share with you my latest album release, “Just a Prayer Away.”  This EP of five songs is being released as a digital release only on iTunes, CDbaby, and Amazon. These songs were actually songs that were recorded along with my other two earlier music projects, but never released until now. The title track, “Just a Prayer Away” is a remake of one of my earlier demo recordings. I wrote three of the five songs: Just a Prayer Away, I Still Believe (featuring the background vocals of Christine Dente), and There is Hope. Billy Smiley wrote the beautiful worship song, “O Breath of Life” from the lyrics of an old hymn set to new music he created.  “Our God” was written by Mark Swayze.

You can click on these links to purchase “Just a Prayer Away” on iTunesCDbaby, and Amazon.

You can also watch my Self-made Music Video:

Friends, I was completely blown away today by this incredibly well-written and insightful review on my latest “Do It Afraid” album. Thanks so much to Jonathan Andre for the incredible review!

Link to the Review

Indie Vision Music Review on Elizabeth South’s “Do It Afraid” by Jonathan Andre.


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Elizabeth South Youth Ministry with “Interlinc”

Dear friends,
I am very excited to share with you some news that is very dear to my heart. The Music and Media Youth Ministry called “Interlinc” that is based out of Nashville, TN has decided to include my new “Do It Afraid” Album and videos in their YLO (Youth Leaders Only) Catalog for the month of February, 2012. They will be producing my CDs and sharing my album with over 12k youth workers around the country. I am very excited to be a part of this youth ministry along with other major christian artists. I am very thankful to the ministry for including me. As a music/drama preschool and elementary teacher, working with youth is dear to my heart. It is my prayer that the Album and Bible Study created around my “I Will Trust You” music video will touch many hearts and encourage them. Please pray with me for this to be a successful ministry. Reaching our youth today is so important. Here are a couple of links to Interlinc featuring my music ministry. This is where the album is included: http://interlinc-online.com/ylo/current_box.html
And this is a link to view the “I Will Trust You” Bible Study: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/interlinc/mvl_201104/#/42

Blessings everyone,
Elizabeth South
www.elizabethsouth.com


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New “Do It Afraid” Album and Music Video (feat. Rick Florian) Available Now!!

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This is the album cover for Elizabeth South's "Do It Afraid" Album.

DO IT AFRAID

The New Sophomore Album by Elizabeth South is Now Available!  You can purchase it at CDBaby and Elizabeth South’s Website in digipak CD form with lyrics.  You can also download it on iTunes!

Visit http:///www.elizabethsouth.com, http://www.cdbaby.com/elizabethsouth4, or iTunes at: http://tinyurl.com/4373dan    Please note that if you order a Physical CD, you will get a Lyrics Booklet, a beautiful CD design, and higher quality WAV files than what you can get on iTunes.  Order your copy today!

About the Album: Elizabeth South is a singer/songwriter who is also a full-time elementary music and drama teacher.  She pursues her goal of a worldwide music ministry with as much passion as she always devotes to her teaching.

Elizabeth’s debut soft rock/pop album, “The Mysteries of Our Minds,” which she co-wrote with her producer Billy Smiley (White Heart), explored the eclectic styles of theater, spirituality, romance, ballad, and soft rock.  Her successful radio single, “Have Faith” made an impact in the Christian music world after landing a top spot in Christian Radio Weekly.

“Do It Afraid” is Elizabeth South’s long anticipated Christian sophomore album.  The inspiration for the song and album title, “Do It Afraid,” came to her after she surprisingly developed stage fright several years ago after going through a difficult annulment.  One morning when she was terrified of a particular upcoming performance, she read a devotional and book written by Joyce Meyer that was called, Do It Afraid.  She was immediately inspired to write the song, “Do It Afraid,” after reading that devotion and the book.  She sat down at the piano that very morning and started writing the verse to the song, which led her down the road to recording this new album and song!!

In Joyce Meyer’s book, Do It Afraid, she shares the true life story of Elisabeth Elliot’s fear of returning to the ministry in Ecuador after her husband, Jim Elliot, had been killed by the very people they had ministered to.  She was paralyzed by the feelings of fear and every time she tried to go back into ministry, her fear stopped her.  Then a friend told her something that set her free.  Her friend said, “Why don’t you do it afraid?”  She then followed that advice and went back to evangelize the Indian tribes of Ecuador, including the very people who had killed the one she loved.

Many times we think we should wait to do something we feel called to do when we are no longer feeling afraid.  The concept of “no fear” has become a popular motto.  And while that is a wonderful idea, many of us have a difficult time getting rid of those feelings no matter how much we pray or believe.  But if we wait until we no longer feel afraid, we may accomplish very little for God, others, and ourselves.  So even if you feel afraid, go ahead and do what God has called you to do, knowing that He will always be with you, even if you have to do it afraid!

Since writing and performing this song, Elizabeth has found strength in the song while facing her own ongoing fears.   And in return, the song and album has already been an encouragement to many other people as well.  Elizabeth has a degree in Music Therapy and is finding that she is able to practice this field through her music even though she is not practicing it as an official career.

Elizabeth released her first single, “I Will Trust You,” off the “Do It Afraid” album about a year before this new Album’s release by filming a Music Video for it, releasing it as a Single, and gaining significant Radio Air time.  The single was on the Billboards twice for most added to stations.  It is still continuing to make an impact today through her second Music Video for this song that can be found on her Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6Vhf8HPWHg&feature=channel_video_title.  Elizabeth is very excited to have her “I Will Trust You” Music Video and the new “Do It Afraid” album featured in the http://www.INTERLINC-online.com Music Video Loop and YLO Youth Leader’s Catalog this coming year!!  Reaching youth groups through her music along with being an elementary music/drama teacher is a very important combination to her.

Elizabeth’s latest Single off the “Do It Afraid” album is called, “Don’t Give Up on Your Love.”  Her third official Music Video was filmed in Nashville, TN for “Don’t Give Up on Your Love.”  The single was released a few weeks before the New Album was released.  However, the song is also being offered on the “Do It Afraid” Album as a Bonus track because the song expresses a pop/rock/electronic dance style that is a different genre that the rest of the album. However, the lyrics to the song fit very well into the “Do It Afraid” theme of the album.  Many listeners loved listening to all of her soft and beatiful songs, but kept encouraging her to do an upbeat rock song as well.  So Elizabeth chose to write a song in a style of music that she enjoys.  “Don’t Give Up on Your Love” was programmed by Joel Wild and the electric guitar part was played by George Cocchini (DCTalk).   The Music Video is the visual inspiration for the “Do It Afraid” digipak design.  You can watch the new music video now:  

Elizabeth South’s fourth Official Music Video, “Do It Afraid” was released November 1st with the Album’s release.  Elizabeth is very excited about this Video because she was able to have Rick Florian, one of her all time favorite Christian singers from the rock band White Heart, appear in the Music Video with her.  Here is a link to the video:

Also, it is noteable that a few of the songs on this album could be used as Worship songs in churches.  “I Will Trust You,” “Higher,” “Fall to My Knees,” and “Holy, Holy Holy” fall very well into that category.

In conjunction with Elizabeth’s amazingly pure and beautiful voice, Billy Smiley, who also sang and played acoustic guitar, put together a great cast of Nashville TN musicians and engineers including Rick Florian—vocals (lead singer of White Heart—duet with her on “Do It Afraid” ); Blair Masters—piano and synths (Casting Crowns, Mercy Me); Ken Lewis—drums (Michael W Smith); Matt Pierson—bass (Michael W, Smith, Natalie Grant); Anthony Sallee – bass (player for White Heart & played on Elizabeth’s cover of “Desert Rose”); Scott Denté—acoustic guitar (Out of the Grey); George Cocchini—electric guitars (DC Talk); Brennan Smiley—guitars (Charity Von, Di Stasio); Greg Hagan—guitars (Little Big Town, Katinas); Joel Wild (programmed “Don’t Give Up On Your Love”); and Billy Whittington—mixing engineer (Vanessa Williams, Amy Grant, Twila Paris)—to totally create the right environment for her voice to shine through.

Elizabeth South and Billy Smiley co-wrote all the songs on the “Do It Araid” album except for “Desert Rose” (cover song from White Heart), “Holy, Holy, Holy” (written by Mark Swayze), and “Still” (Elizabeth South co-wrote this with George Cocchini).

Elizabeth pours her heart and inspiration into every song on the album.  Her Music Therapy background has also found a home in her music, being both healing and uplifting.  Her voice has been described as mysterious, magical, soothing, and angelic.  Elizabeth hopes that you will enjoy not only listening to the beautiful songs, but will also be inspired, uplifted, and encouraged!