“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.”
- Andrea Swensson, 89.3 The Current
Artistically, she seemed to be channeling some combination of Jewel, Ani and mid-Seventies Tom Waits. Her stage presence was folksy, with an almost “Aw, shucks,” humility that belied her effect on the crowd. They burst into surprised applause after the first song, then got louder each time a lull between songs called for clapping. By the end, one wondered what it would take to follow her.”
- Rob Callahan, Vita.MN
A couple years after going viral for re-writing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in 2017, Lydia Liza got sober. And then she got writing. Not a lot of artists can wear the “teenage musical prodigy” hat and go on to find success as an adult, and not a lot of artists can write a smash novelty holiday song and go on to transcend the “viral sensation” label -- but with her first solo effort, Lydia Liza echoes Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Laura Marling with ease. Add a sprinkle of nostalgic pop-punk, and Liza creates a tasteful, familiar and expansive soundscape that keeps the listener hooked.
Lydia Liza has been featured on Vanity Fair, New York Times, People Magazine, 89.3 The Current, CNN, Bustle, Pitchfork, Billboard, CBC, NPR, BBC, Daily Mail, the NY Post; she has topped Spotify charts, she has been covered by Broadway stars, amateur YouTubers and everything in-between, and boasts over 6 million plays on Spotify. She has shared the stage with the likes of The Goo-Goo Dolls, Jake Bugg and Kimya Dawson. This debut record was a project on Kickstarter that raised $13,000. And though her viral re-write of a Christmas song caught the attention of an international audience, her real, authentic songwriting is bound to do the same thing.