Anti-Bullying Week – a cause close to my heart.

I am not going to fill this blog post with the stories of what happened to me during my childhood/early teenage years. All I’ll tell you is that I suffered at the hands of some awful bullies, and some of the issues that arose from that time, still plague me today. However, I like to think I used my experiences to grow strong, and carry on with life in a positive way, and with a happy outlook. As I said, in my last post about online bullying and trolls, I’ve developed a way to shrug these things off…and that I do.

I wanted to share the song I wrote with you for National Day of Action Against Bullying And Violence when I lived over in Australia over a year ago, I thought it was an appropriate time to re-share given the fact that it is Anti-Bullying Week. I hope the message of the song is clear, hold on – because you’re not alone, and there are people here for you who are willing to listen, willing to talk, who have love for you and will support you no matter what. 

I was inspired to write this song after I spotted one of my younger fans being bullied online after commenting on one of my posts. A couple of guys said some nasty things to her one after the other, and then she disappeared not long after. I never heard from her again and I still worry about her and hope that she is ok.

Anyway, I hope if you’ve been affected by bullies, or are being bullied, that this song helps you, I can’t stress it enough, you are not alone.

Take care,

Lizzy xx

Preview of Villains Album Artwork

Preview of Villains Album Cover Shoot

Preview of Villains Album Cover Shoot

This weekend, I went deep into the woods with my new friends, Terri (Terri Pashley Photography) and Zuz (Zuzanna Ritchie) to shoot the artwork for my new album, Villains. I was sent this sneaky preview yesterday and nearly fell on the floor when I saw it, it is JUST how I hoped it’d turn out. The girls are so very talented, and I’m truly grateful that they’ve spent the time with me on this shoot. We’re going to be releasing the album artwork live via Hangout on Google+ in December, needless to say, we can’t wait to share the results!

Lizzy x

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A couple of sandwiches short of a picnic… The BEST WORST troll of all.

Being as active on Social Media as I am, occasionally I come across a mean spirited person, or a troll who just wants to have his or her two cents. I’ve had all sorts, death threats, pictures of genitals, girls telling me my arse is big etc… but hey, like I said when you put yourself out there, you gotta accept the fact that not everyone will support you. Most of my followers will tell you, I’m a big believer in promoting what you love rather than bashing what you hate, but hey, I know not everyone shares that mindset. So, to combat such negativity, I have a little program that I stick to when it comes to trolls:

  • Read the comment.
  • Laugh at the comment.
  • Report the comment.
  • Block the user.
  • Think nothing more of it.

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.43.09 PMRecently, I encountered a mantroll on my favorite, most loved social platform Google+ (see pic). He sent me an odd message not so long ago basically having a go at me for being verified on Google+ & YouTube. The reason he was so upset? I was verified and his favorite band Rammstein wasn’t.

After this message, the abuse continued…it ranged from telling me I was a slut, all the way to threatening to deal with me publicly - you can see some of the screen shots below.  Oh yes, that’s me blocking out his name, why? Because why would I waste my time giving him any more attention that he deserves. After I read all this, I was just about to block him when… I realised just how funny I’d found it, he’d literally dedicated his whole page to hating me, a girl he doesn’t know. A girl he has NO clue about or what I was going through at the time. The only thing I could do was laugh, hysterically. As did my sisters, as did my friends… he became, and still is, a joke between us all!

So I’ve decided to keep him around to see just how much energy he wants to put into talking about me. Is that wrong? Is that weird? Probably. Oh well, its the little things in life that make me laugh, clearly! So anyway, it started again today, more abuse – it often starts  when he misreads my post, which is most of the time, that or he just doesn’t understand them, I’m not sure. Maybe he’s just a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic?

Anyway, to him, my lovely mantroll, thank you for making me laugh, In a world as dark as this, its always nice to have a giggle.

Also, to anyone who is going through online bullying, or bulling of any sort… its is not right. You are not alone, and I promise, things WILL get better. Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.08.25 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.08.20 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.08.16 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.08.11 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.08.07 PM Lizzy x

Thank You for the inspiration Elizabeth Bennett & Mr Darcy!

This is a song I wrote based on the relationship between Elizabeth Bennett & Mr Darcy, in the classic that is Pride & Prejudice. This is the second video released in my #AsItWasWritten video series, in which I release live, acoustic versions of the songs that will appear on my upcoming studio album Villains. I really hope you enjoy.

When you think about it, why are you together? Video 1 in my #AsItWasWritten series

A Troublesome relationship, totally messed up and totally confused. When you think about it, why are you actually together?

I’m not sure what this song says about me as a person, but…anyway! This is the first video in my #AsItWasWritten series in which I’ll be releasing the tracks from my upcoming studio album Villains, which is released on January 29th 2015. These songs have been recorded live and are exactly as they came together in my bedroom, no production, just me and my guitar.

Like ohhh emmm serious geee, my album is complete!!!

News just in… I have FINISHED my album!!! My first full studio album!

I am so excited to tell you that I’ve now officially finished the recording of my first studio album. It now goes into mixing and mastering, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about it…

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing the details of the official launch, but here are some exciting details:

1. I had my recent performance professionally videoed, and as I sung most of the songs off the new record, will be sharing them via my YouTube channel in the lead up to the release date. YAY for new YouTube material!

2. The album is called Villains and features 11 tracks – and is a concept album… yes, you heard me correctly. There is a whole story, and a whole load of creepy surprises throughout, sounds odd? Well… that’s the plan!

3. There will be a sneaky follow-up EP, 5 tracks… however the tracks will in fact be, spoken word poetry. Lots of lyrics actually became poems and didn’t make the musical cut, however… they are things I want to share.

That’s the details for now… but as my highly creative post-it note says… LIKE OH EMMMM SERIOUS GEEE, I’m really excited!

As always, THANK YOU for your continued support. Be sure to subscribe to my channel here.