Trained as a classical violinist from an early age, Eliza and her older sister Anna (Bat For Lashes, British Sea Power) began busking around the streets of Sydney and playing recitals at the Sydney Opera House from the time Eliza was 9. As a teenager Eliza began playing with various bands as violinist, vocalist, and cellist. Eventually, she bought her first acoustic guitar, began crafting songs, and discovered what was to become her true passion. She was naturally drawn to the blues and spent a year listening to nothing but Billy Holiday's album Lady Sings the Blues.
"I had discovered myself as a singer and began teaching myself guitar. I fell in love with Billy Holiday's heartfelt lyrics and the character in her voice. I wanted to be able to stir powerful feelings and emotion like that."
At the end of her schooling, Eliza began a degree in opera at Wollongong University, but left early, feeling pulled towards the excitement of getting out in the world, honing her own songwriting, and playing live. She cut her teeth, first in Sydney and later in the UK, having settled in Brighton.
Eliza Jaye's song writing offers the listener a unique experience. She delves into the imagery of her colonial roots, bringing the works of poets and storytellers to enliven her tales of love, passion, and longing. She then blends this with late sixties and early seventies influences like Patti Smith, AC/DC, Nina Simone, and The Velvet Underground. She adds some grunge and then brings this all kicking and screaming into the present day.
"To say Eliza has presence is an understatement. Confidently standing alone with her gorgeous Les Paul, her style and personality dominate the room. Eliza has an original sound all her own and it's clear to say she loves what she does and lives the moment of each song. Brilliant!" Kelly Farrell - Noise Brighton
Eliza Jaye offers something unique & fresh. Influenced by rock, blues, folk, and punk, as well as her Australian heritage, she explores themes which are particular to the female perspective and delivers her music in a way which expresses her intent as an artist, both original and sincere.
Her debut single 'Black Heart Rum', released in September 2011, has been played by UK taste makers Steve Lamacq, (Saturday Show), Radio 2 & Tom Robinson, (BBC Introducing) BBC6.
Her debut album, The Seed, features her sister Anna (Bat For Lashes, British Sea Power) on violin and is due for release on 26th July 2013.
Late 60s & early 70s influences like Patti Smith, AC/DC, The Doors & The Velvet Underground through Grunge to the present day.