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Livingston

Livingston

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Biography

Check out the story of Livingston, a young singer-songwriter from Texas. 

Fast Facts About Livingston

Livingston grew up in Denton, Texas, and at just 18 years old, he’s creating anthemic pop inspired by the struggles of his childhood and adolescence. Growing up, Livingston dealt with plenty of struggles, from mental health problems, insecurities, and bullying to the unavoidable pain of being a teenager. His experiences have played a key role in his development as an artist, and he’s now a rising pop star with a record contract.

  • Livingston released his debut EP, Lighthouse, via Elektra Records, a major label. The EP features “Fairytale”, a Pixar-inspired track that uses popular animated films as metaphors for the struggles in the artist’s life. The song is utterly relatable – and not just for Livingston’s peers in high school.
  • The artist has described his sound as a cross between pop and orchestral music. He draws significant inspiration from film scores, but he’s also cited Drake, J. Cole, Black Eyed Peas, and Imagine Dragons as influences. He told Beyond the Stage magazine that he’s always loved the soundtracks for Star Wars and The Lord of The Rings, two major franchises known for their rousing scores filled with intricate orchestral arrangements.
  • In addition to producing, writing, and performing his own music, Livingston also knows how to play the trumpet. He told Beyond the Stage that “it’s the only instrument I actually know how to play really well.”
  • Livingston first started playing music when he was 12 years old. With hopes of emulating his favorite artists, he saved up enough money to get himself a MIDI keyboard and started recording music on his computer at home. 
instruments played
bass
drums
Guitar
Piano
Vocals
Genres

Rock, Alternative,

Labels

SPV

Origin

London, England

Years Active

2002-present

Livingston’s Influences

Livingston has a voice that can be described as intimate, sweeping, and somewhat cinematic. His range sits somewhere between tenor and baritone, and you’d never know he was a Texan given the refined, almost British quality in his voice. His vocal delivery never betrays his young age, either – he often sounds like a far older singer with decades of experience under his belt.  His music can be compared to the likes of Jon Bellion, AJR, and Alec Benjamin, but Livingston has a unique sound that is all his own. The cinematic elements of his compositions help to draw listeners in without making his music feel too grandiose over the top. He perfectly balances understated instrumentals and massive string arrangements, keeping his immaculate vocals at the forefront.

Livingston: The Music

Livingston’s debut EP, Lighthouse, was released in 2020, the year that the artist graduated from high school. Its eight tracks were primarily written during the latter half of his high school career. The songs were all part of what Livingston described to Beyond the Stage as a “discovery process,” a time in which he was working hard on finding his sound and determining what elements of the music he loved he wanted to emulate. The lyrics on Lighthouse, all of which were written by Livingston, are full of introspection and genuine soul-searching. The artist speaks candidly about his insecurities and what he is dealing with, crafting songs that are incredibly relatable and therapeutic. “Young,” one of the tracks on Lighthouse, was lauded by Ones to Watch as “a masterclass in impactful pop songwriting.” The song was described by Livingston as being “about the idealism I had as a child – I always thought that if I could just make people like me, it would solve my problems. That if I had a certain status or some remarkable event that made me different, I would be as good as the kids that didn’t understand me.” Livingston went on to describe how he struggled to balance a desire to conform with an urge to stand out.  “Fairytale,” Livingston’s Pixar-inspired track, was also praised by Ones to Watch, who highlighted the song’s exploration of the concept of hero worship and the reality that the people we admire are flawed, too. Ones to Watch also declared that Livingston is on a clear path to success, noting the promising nature of “Fairytale” and the other tracks on Livingston’s debut EP. An Unlikely Origin Story, Livingston’s 2021 full-length debut, was also released via Electra Records. The album starts out with the hit “Superkid,” a song about a vulnerable hero-turned-prodigal. It’s an analogy for celebrity status that is both heartfelt and emotional, and it’s easy to wonder if the lyrics are autobiographical. An Unlikely Origin Story also features “The Giver,” a heart-wrenching ballad with an incredibly catchy chorus. Featuring Livingston’s signature production, the song is a high point in his discography thus far. The lyrics, which are filled with Livingston’s signature vulnerability, are about the commitment to stick with someone you love in spite of insecurities. On Genius, Livingston left an authorized description of the song for fans, writing, “I wrote this song about falling in love with someone who is too good for you.”

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