Exclusive: CelebSecrets4U Chats with Liana Conway (@LianaConway)

Hey CelebSecrets4U readers,

Pop/country artist Liana Conway has been on our radar for several months now, and we are SUPER excited that her debut album is finally available everywhere! Conway really developed her passion for playing music on her own. As a child, she took both piano and violin lessons, listened to a Time/Life cassette of music from 1969 over and over, and admits to taking a stab at songwriting at age 12. However, other than the influence of her father’s love of listening to music, Conway progressed to performing totally on her own. “One of my friends played guitar and I thought it was so cool that she could create her own melodies. Around the same time, I got in to country music because I loved the way the songs told a story. On a total whim I went to Guitar Center and fell in love with a Taylor guitar. I called my mom to ask her if I could buy it and she thankfully gave me the ok.  I went online and started watching guitar tutorials on YouTube. A few months later, I was playing guitar and writing songs.” Since then, Liana Conway has blossomed into a true artist. She’s been compared to Colbie Calliat and Taylor Swift, so we can only imagine what’s next for this rising star.

Check out our exclusive Q&A with Liana below. We also have a bunch of copies “Sunrise” just for you! Just submit an email to titled “Liana Conway Giveaway” with your name and address, and YOU can be randomly selected to WIN!

We know you are a self-taught-youtube-watching guitar player, how was it for you to pick up notes?
I took voice lessons in high school where I learned how to sight read music, so I can understand charts and sheet music (though I’m a little rusty!).  In terms of the guitar, I just tend to play what sounds good.  I make up my own chord names a lot…and then find out later that they already exist haha

Can you tell us a little bit about your album, “Sunrise?”
It’s my sweet little baby! It’s my first album so it means everything to me.  Sunrise touches on my life and experiences from age 17 until now….from the first time I fell in love, to leaving home and moving to a new city on my own…relationships that made me nervous and afraid, to relationships that gave me the good kind of butterflies…missing the past and wanting nothing more than to rewind, to feeling so ready to jump head first into the next step, to learning that being happy means being present.  I wrote or co-wrote (with my producer) all the songs on the album, and it’s pretty much my diary. Every pivotal thing that has happened to me thus far is in there.
Was it a difficult decision for you to leave Boston College to pursue your singing dream and now career?
It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and also the easiest.  I left a place where I had a comfortable routine, commitments, and was surrounded by close friends to a city far from home where I knew no one and was had to schedule my own days.  It was a change to say the least! But I have always been an impulsive person.  I don’t tend to waste time on people or things that don’t make me come alive.  I was walking into my dorm room one day (3 weeks into my junior year) just not feeling like myself, when one of the charms on my bracelet fell off–it was a peace sign charm.  This may sound cheesy…but that was the moment I took a deep breath and admitted to myself that Boston College was not where I was going to find peace for myself. I called my Dad five minutes later and told him to come move me out, I was going to Nashville.
Your music has been compared to the sound of Colbie Calliat’s and Taylor Swift’s… what does that mean to you?
I am honored! Both are such talented, and HUMBLE, singers and writers.  We are pop girls!
Will you be going on tour soon?
Yes! We are currently in the process of routing a tour for this fall/winter.
What has been your favorite song to record?
Naive! I wrote it about someone I broke up with not too long ago. Ooo that boy, he made me so angry! It was like I was finally getting it all off my chest haha
For those who have not heard of Liana Conway, why should they check you out?
I am no different from any other young person trying to navigate their way through this life.  I’m not trying to be the next Taylor Swift or be on the cover of magazines. I’m an old soul, I have nothing to prove, just songs to sing.  For me, what makes me feel most alive is when I connect with a song…whether it be the melody or the lyrics. When some essence around a song just catches you and holds you, breathes life into you. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s why I write music (my own music). I love saying what everything is thinking but just can’t put into words.  Words are my life. I would tattoo them all over my body if my mother wouldn’t kill me! 😉
Since our website is called CelebSecrets4U, can you share one secret about yourself? (something the fans don’t know about you)

I get so nervous about texting boys! I end up saying the strangest things and (probably) scaring them away.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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