Underground Interview With Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams Singer songwriter (Lizzi not Lizzo) is the mother of the group of 4. Fame in Tamworth Australia which is Australia’s Music Capital (like Nashville). Contest winners on TV and in a book on the Tamworth festival. In a documentary on rising stars …front page of newspaper Tamworth. Her children are all grown ups now but they sing together…with her hubby. A POP group of 4.



N1M music (Number 1 Music website): www.N1M.com/Toucanztree

Reverbnation website: www.reverbnation.com/ToucanzTree
Songtradr Website: Elizabeth Adams
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Elizabeth Adams Facebook: https://m.Facebook.com/Elizabeth.Adams.5


What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound:

POP. Our sound is straight POP. But we do POP- reggae, POP- folk, POP- Eco, POPERA, Pop-rock, POP- RnB, POP-rap, POP-hip hop, POP-punk, POP- funk


How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

Well, we were once two separate family duos. Then we combined into a Family Group of 4. We did perform once on TV as a family group of 4, when the girls were just 2 and 4. The girls were called the PopAngels originally (a name of their own choosing) and as they morphed into tweens/teens they got a top manager from France who found them online. He rebranded them as The Emergents. Then when we recombined as a Family Group of 4 we called ourselves: Elizabeth Adams Family Group (The 4SOME). The Adult duo (Mum and Hubby) were called Toucanz Tree before we all combined into a group of 4. We hope to be called a Supergroup.


What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

Carly Rae Jepson, Bee Gees, Westlife, Josh Groban, Bread, James Taylor, Pete Murray, Savage Garden,
Christina Perri


What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

2 new back to back albums in the pipeline and 300 other songs already written. Just need a label.

Working with Top producers in Sydney and New York and collaborating with a young composer/ producer in Scotland aged 18, even though we live on a Farm in Queensland Australia. We grow our own veges and meat - mostly eggs….


What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

To be a Supergroup of 4. We’re all soloists but we harmonise like only a family group can I guess. We hope to spread the message of LOVE.

We hope to encourage people to move out of the cities away from disease, food shortages and lack of community ….


What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

EARTHQUAKE because it’s a powerful song about an earth shattering relationship where the person can’t make up their minds whether their love is good or bad for them.

“I NEVER LIED” is a favourite too because it’s about being stuck in a boring as bat sht relationship and then you meet your soulmate. Oh great. But you never lied to the person, but you were lying to yourself and so you stayed in the bad relationship for way too long.

YOU’RE SO GOOD LOOKING - It’s about how being good looking can be a sin .


What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

Being useless!

Road testing all our songs in International and National competitions - so we’re not embarrassed to put them online. Takes quite a few years, we came top in so many competitions we’ve lost track.

Poverty has always been a major challenge. Lizzi was born into a super poor family in the carribean (Barbados) but she learned to love the wilderness, and to be a women that way. That’s why she called her duo Toucanz Tree. Her girls, who are both in the pop group of 4 are Australian born and so is her hubby. Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi. Irie!

Lizzi is made of stoic stuff & she worked her way up from poverty through the ranks of University in Australia, and her daughters are both uni grads.


Whats Your Typical Songwriting Process?

Well, Liz usually starts with the lyrics, then ekks out some beats on her keyboard. Then she gets her hubby or a producer to ekk out a tune . She has also taught herself to compose Lyrics after hearing a tune.
Also, from her own Lyrics she can compose vocally and uses the odd muso to transcribe those tunes into chords and notes. She is a prolific lyricist, like her hubby.

She started writing Lyrics when she was in first class (6). West Indian family legend has it that she was singing before she could talk. Her daughters were also singing full songs just after they could talk (18 months - the eldest one, and 2 years old - the youngest one). Her hubby was a child prodigy on piano. None of us have formal musical training. Mostly self- taught. All can sight read.


How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

Has resulted to in lotsa fans. And we even hooked a European manager …

Social media is fine, but I like the great outdoors - we are all birdwatchers to varying degrees and Liz takes bird and wildlife photos. We are surrounded by a mob of kangaroos, a murder of crows and raucous friarbird and blue-faced honey eaters, emu, brolga and u name it ….but no koalas unfirtunitelay but we have a laughing kookaburra pair. Why would you live in the city (shitty)? This farm costs one tenth of the house I had in Sydney Australia. Geez .Geezus!


What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Josh Groban - “You raise me up “
Westlife - “obvious”
Callum Scott - “You are the reason “
The Bellamy Brothers - “ let your love flow”
Ariana Grande -
Dianna Rose - “ when you tell me that you love me “


What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

Well, with Liz’s first pay packet as a counsellor she bought singing lessons but she stopped, because she stumbled upon her singing teacher performing at a venue and he couldn’t sing at all ! But he did tell her she was a contralto-counter tenor. Whatever that means.

Liz worked as a checkout chick and taught high school students how to write essays and do simple maths - to put herself through uni.


Any Advice For Young People Men or Women That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

Road test your songs in competitions first before you make them public - saves a lot of embarrassment and inventors syndrome. Also, saves a lot of money in wasted time and effort .


What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

I would make more venues for underage children . Some children start very young . Not many but some . They need a place to shine, so they don’t start stealing cars .

I would have a record label in each country for underage children and a radio station in each state for underage children. I would exclude songs and artists that hadn’t been road tested in competitions to discern what a good singer was I would have a line up of ten singers all singing the same song, taking turns.


How Do You Feel About Originality?

Originality is a hard first step to take . It’s good to cut your teeth on covers but then you’ve just got to take a leap up to the next level . Everyone tells you that you’ll never get far and that original songs are what other artists do . You just shut the door of your room and compose and sing away . People can be so negative . But for every negative person about creativity there is a gem . I love my Superfans that spread the word about our original songs . I don’t expect them to buy our songs because they are too poor even though they only cost $1.49 on iTunes Store . A Spotify subscription might not be much better, but it’s something …


Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?

I have a secret - I love Paw Paw, soursop and custard apple. My husband likes palmiers, my eldest daughter loves tuna sushi adnauseum ! And the youngest one likes wearing jeans and makes ramen noodles like an expert!