Where are you located now and where are you originally from? I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is where I still reside. I was gone a lot over the years, but the place never stopped being "home", so I always came back. Who has been your greatest influence? That's a question that's hard to answer, as it always seems like a revolving thing. My family, who I grew up playing music with, was a pretty big part of it. I also grew up around a lot of old country music, so that plays a big part as well. The first record that really had a profound effect on me was Dale Watson's "Cheatin' Heart Attack" and then Dylan's "Unplugged" and "Blonde on Blonde" opened up a lot of doors for me. Right now, I'm listening to a lot of jazz. It never ends, there's just so much out there to soak up... What is your latest and greatest? My most recent release is a single called "Home Again", which was written by my friend Shane Davis and myself. I quit drinking in April of 2020, it finally got to be too much and it was time. "Home Again" really is about that, to me anyway, even if Shane wrote most of the thing and I just added a line here and there and changed up a few words. We cut it in Atlanta with our friends Joey Huffman and Kevin Sellors with Ben Kendall on bass and Shaun Bloodsworth on drums. As far as my greatest, I'll always feel strongly about a record that we put out in April of 2020 called "Life on the One and Three". I was really bottomed out, drinking a lot, and I had just went through a terribly horrible breakup and things just seemed to be getting worse and worse by the day. Most of that record was cut in February and March and a lot of it was cut in my living room. We turned it into a makeshift studio because I could barely bring myself to leave the house. It was a dark time, really, but working on it kept me going and it holds a really special place in my heart. Are you performing LIVE soon? We don't have much on the books at the moment. I typically only do a couple dozen shows a year these days anyway, but COVID-19 still seems to be holding back bookings. We'd love to get some dates on the books and to get back out there, so if you want to see us in your town, please feel free to reach out if you're reading this! What are you most looking forward to in 2022? I honestly have no idea. It's one day at a time for me and has been for a long time now. I guess that we'll just have to see where the road takes us. I trust fate, it's been pretty good to me so far. How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through? Things didn't change much for me. I was very fortunate and was smart enough to invest wisely over the years, so I really wasn't concerned too much personally. Now, that being said, I have a lot of friends in this business and I saw some of them practically lose everything. Most of them still haven't recovered from the year-long loss of work. It's absolutely heartbreaking, because all that they want to do is to work. It was strange, because you always hear "the show must go on". It isn't that it "MIGHT" go on, it's that it "MUST". Last March, that changed for the first time ever that I'm aware of. Just the thought of that is eerie to me. What would you say to your younger self if you could? The more success that I achieved, the more people tried to bring me down. People can be really terrible and I've heard so many things about myself that are either greatly exaggerated or outright untrue and, no matter where you stand, that shit hurts.
I guess if I could go back, I'd just let myself know that it was coming. I don't know if I would have handled any of it differently, but it couldn't have hurt having a heads up that it was going to be there. On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you? I vary widely between one and ten, to be quite honest. It depends on the day and what's on the schedule. Most people won't tell you that, but I'm pretty sure most people in show business feel the same. If I'm supposed to be somewhere and do a show or give an interview or do a meet and greet, I'll always give 200%. But the truth is that I have terrible anxiety and, some days, I'm just not feeling it at all. When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track? I don't concern myself with those things. When the motivation comes, I'll be there waiting for it, but I stopped chasing it a long time ago. If the motivation isn't there, there's no reason to force it. Hell, maybe it's telling you need a break. There's nothing wrong with down time. Some people always have to be moving, that's just not me anymore. It used to be, but I ended up bitter, jaded, and tired of it all. I took a few years off just to deal with that mindset back in late 2014. It took a long time to go, "Hey, I want to work again". How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success? In this business? It's all luck. You can be the most talented person in the world and be sitting at a bar playing an acoustic guitar while everyone watches the ball game, not giving a shit about you. Or, you can be some hack like me and have charting songs. I've been on both sides of that coin. Work ethic never hurts, not being an asshole to people also helps. No matter what you do, the walk back home is a lot longer than the walk to the stage and that's important to remember. How can we stay up to date with you? You can follow us on our social media accounts on Facebook (izzymillerofficial), Instagram (theizzymiller), Twitter (izzymillermusic), Spotify, or our website (theizzymiller.com). We have another new single coming in October and hope that y'all will stick around to listen!
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