Eli Lieb

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Eli Lieb
Birth nameElias Howard Lieb
Born (1979-09-11) September 11, 1979 (age 40)
OriginFairfield, Iowa
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
LabelsEli Lieb

Eli Lieb /ˈl lb/ is an independent American pop singer-songwriter from Fairfield, Iowa. He resides in Los Angeles, where he is working on his second album.[2]


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 and at Pepperdine University, Lieb began singing at local open mic sessions, where he was introduced to Jonathan Daniel of Crush Management.[3] The two began meeting with record labels and Lieb began collaborating with other songwriters.[3] In the course of these meetings, Lieb's father died and he abruptly ceased his music career.[3] Lieb moved back to Fairfield and went more than three years without playing or writing a song.[3]

2009–2011: Debut album[edit]

In 2009, Lieb began recording covers of popular songs to YouTube from his home in Fairfield.[4] 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.[5] Lieb wrote, recorded, and produced the album on his own in Fairfield.[6]

2013–present: Post-debut singles and second studio album[edit]

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."[7] In October 2013, Lieb's YouTube cover of Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" went viral and was supported through social media by singers Adam Lambert[8] and Lucy Hale.[9]

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.[10] "Safe In My Hands" was also featured in the Season 2 summer finale of ABC Family's The Fosters[11] and won "Best In Show" and "Best Original Song" at the 2015 American Music Producers Awards for Music and Sound.[12]

On July 8, 2014, Lieb released a single "Zeppelin" produced by John Feldmann.[10] The accompanying music video was released on July 15, and was directed by Geoff Boothby.[13][14]

On September 13, 2014 Lieb performed "Young Love" at GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers event for LGBT equality through the media.[15]

Lieb went on to release single "Lightning In A Bottle," also produced by Fieldman, and its accompanying music video on November 19, 2014.[16] He is currently working on his second album with Feldmann as its producer.[2] As of September 2015, he has over 30 million views on his YouTube channel.


In 2013 Lieb moved to Los Angeles to further his career as a songwriter. He has collaborated with artists including Cheyenne Jackson[17] and Crystal Bowersox. He is also confirmed[2] to have collaborated with Adam Lambert after their being spotted together on multiple occasions.[18]

In 2015, Lieb has written with musical acts such as Hey Violet and Laura Marano alongside writing partner Stacy Jones.[19]

In March 2016, Eli and gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand co-wrote a duet "Look Away".[20] (Unrelated to the song with the same name by Chicago.[21] ) By June 2019, the music video had received over 2,300,000 views on YouTube.

On June 13, 2016, two days after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, Lieb and Brandon Skeie co-wrote a song named "Pulse" and released it in memory of the victims in the shooting.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Lieb is openly gay,[2] a subject that is frequently featured in his songs and music videos.

Lieb comes from a meditating family and has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since childhood. He credits it with allowing him to "freely create the music that I am creating without any fear."[23] Lieb is a graduate of the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, and has knowledge of Sanskrit.[24] He has worked with the David Lynch Foundation to fund teaching of Transcendental Meditation.[25]



Title Album details Track listing
Eli Lieb
  • Released: 25 October 2011 (2011-10-25)[26]
  • Format: CD, digital download[27]
The Nights We Lived
  • Released: 27 April 2018 (2018-04-27)[28]
  • Format: CD, digital download[27]


Title Year Album
"Place of Paradise" 2011 Eli Lieb
"Young Love" 2013 N/A
"Zeppelin" 2014
"Lightning In A Bottle"
"Look Away (feat. Steve Grand)" 2016
"Pulse (feat. Brandon Skeie)"
"Shangri La" 2017 The Nights We Lived
"Kissing Your Tattoos"
"Until You've Fallen Down"
"Next To You"

Music videos[edit]

Title Artist Director(s)
"Place of Paradise" Eli Lieb Geoff Boothby
and Nicholai Fischer
"Young Love" Geoff Boothby
"Safe In My Hands" Allstate
"Zeppelin" Geoff Boothby
and Sharkpig
"Lightning In A Bottle"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Award Result
2015 American Music Producers Awards for Music and Sound Best Original Song ("Safe In My Hands") Won
Best In Show ("Safe In My Hands") Won


  1. ^ The Advocate: Eli Lieb Wins Award For Allstate's 'Out Holding Hands' Campaign (June 18, 2015)
  2. ^ a b c d Wong, Curtis (31 July 2014). "Interview: Singer-Songwriter Eli Lieb On 'Zeppelin' And Being An Openly Gay Artist In Today's Music World". Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Fairfield 2.0 (Season 2, Episode 40). Fairfield, Iowa: Fairfield Media Center. 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ "On the Rise: Eli Lieb". Peace Town USA. 22 Nov 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ Wes. "Eli Lieb: Album Review". KickKickSnare. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Place of Paradise: Talking About Life & Music with Singer Eli Lieb". April 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  7. ^ Wass, Mike (19 July 2013). "Eli Lieb Does It For The Boys In "Young Love": Watch The Inspiring Video". Idolator.com. SpinMedia. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Eli Lieb Dishes on His Popular 'Wrecking Ball' Cover". Yahoo! Celebrity. October 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  9. ^ Virtel, Louis (October 2013). "Interview: Gay Singer/Songwriter Eli Lieb, "I'm Happy To Represent"". The Backlot. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b Hernandez, Brian Anthony. "Eli Lieb's 'Safe In My Hands' Is LGBT Anthem in Allstate's Short Film". Mashable. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. ^ The Fosters Tweet on Twitter
  12. ^ "Allstate, Pepsi & Chevrolet Big Winners at Third Annual AMP Awards". Billboard. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  13. ^ Snicks (July 6, 2014). "Watch! Take A Ride On Eli Lieb's "Zeppelin"". The Backlot. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Ragan, Scott (July 18, 2014). "Hot Sheet: 6. MUSIC: "Zeppelin," Eli Lieb". The Advocate. Here Media. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  15. ^ Davis, Brendan (September 16, 2014). "WATCH: Eli Lieb's moving performance at the #glaadgala in SF". GLAAD. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Eli Lieb - Lightning In A Bottle". YouTube. Eli Lieb. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  17. ^ "Cheyenne Jackson & Eli Lieb Record a Song Together". Out.com. Here Media Inc. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  18. ^ Sheridan, Emily (15 July 2013). "New Glee star Adam Lambert spotted with ex-boyfriend Sauli Koskinen... the night after stepping out with mystery man". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  19. ^ Marano, Laura [@lauramarano] (3 Sep 2015). "Just heard the demo of the craziest song I've ever written with @elilieb and @StacyGlenJones, and I'M FREAKING OUT OH MY GOODNESS" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 Sep 2015 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Eli Lieb (2016-03-29), Eli Lieb, Steve Grand - Look Away, retrieved 2016-11-04
  21. ^ RHINO (2014-02-28), Chicago - "Look Away" (Official Music Video), retrieved 2016-11-04
  22. ^ Dresden, Hilton. "Feel my pulse". Out.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  23. ^ Drew, Ian. "YouTube Star Eli Lieb Says Meditating Helped His Career Take Off". Us Weekly. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Maharishi School alumni share inspiration with the students". Global Good News. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Pop Artist ELI LIEB Wins Over Millions of YouTube Viewers". Broadway World. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Eli Lieb – Album". iTunes. Archived from the original on 29 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  27. ^ a b http://elilieb.com/
  28. ^ "The Nights We Lived by Eli Lieb". iTunes. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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