“What made you come up with the name of your band? I love music and chose the name because it is good advertising. I wanted to make sure that my band name stood out on postersor on my website, which is why I capitalized it. Plus I used IQ at the end because I am a smart musician. How many instruments can you play? When did you start playing them? Djembe (Drum), guitar, and harmonica which I like to practice while I drive. As a child I had a 70 year old babysitter who taught me how to play piano. We would play church hymns and Christmas music year round. I can read chord charts but not individual notes. I actually learned how to play music by reading and practicing Indigo Girl’s music books. Do you have any pets? I have two cats, Olive and Whoopi. They are my best friends. I miss them so much when I am on the road touring. What music do you like to listen to? I grew up on traditional country music, but I listen to Pop, hip hop, and classic rock. I would love to meet Adele or Eminem”
“Liz Snavely of LVNMUZIQ is a lyric-based, toe-tappin’ urban folk singer, activist and lesbian from Grand Rapids, MI. Liz has performed many shows to benefit the LGBT community at various Pride Festivals, LGBT Resource Centers, Human Rights Campaign events, National Coming Out Day, National Day of Silence and World Aids Day. She has performed and/or spoken at over 400 shows in 25 states since 2006. She has released 4 CDs and has 44 songs on iTunes. In 2008, she wrote and recorded the song, “Back Seat”, for the independent film documentary, Fagbug. Fagbug is a film that speaks out against hate crimes and raises awareness of gay rights. Tegan and Sara also have a song in the film. She is currently working on her 5th CD, “Butterflies,” and is working with an A&R rep to get more of her music in films, TV shows and commercials. She will be performing at The Network for their event entitled Renaissance Ruckus on April 27th, 2013 starting at 7:00pm.”
"I don't play many bars these days as I have found that most of these types of venues want covers only," says Snavely, who has played more than 400 shows in 25 states since she began playing in 2006. "Most times, I am playing in a concert or theater setting, since people really enjoy hearing my poetry set to music." Those who venture down to listen to LVNMUZIQ perform will be in for a treat because her song stylings remind me of the fragile and honest poetry of Joan Armatrading with bit of Toni Childs' forceful vocals. Among the highlights of her career, Snavely is proud of a song she wrote that became a key element to Erin Davies' documentary, Fagbug. The song "Back Seat" references Rosa Parks, but is really about all of our struggles for equality, whether it be for people of color, women, ability, or sexual orientation. These struggles are not inseparable acts, but part of the journey to Snavely.
"Contemplating The Void" from LVNMUZIQ is a gorgeous melody. It's full of intense vocals and tough, fem-rock chops. Deeply lyrical, the track plays part emo, part anthem. Another calling-card singer-songwriter track, "Endless Maze", is heartfelt in its contemplative notes; a must listen to truly get the personal art of this musically unique act.
“The beauty of LVNMUZIQ songwriting is that she takes us on a wonderful journey down her personal path that we also find familiar.”
“A childhood in which she constantly moved helped prepare Midwestern singer/songwriter Liz Snavely for the itinerant life of a musician. Wiry and hyper, Snavely makes it all look easy, from teaching herself to play guitar to finding the ideal venue to jam with other like minded musicians.”
“Artist LVNMUZIQ, aka Liz Snavely, always knew she wanted to be a full-time musician. In 2006, she turned her dream into a reality.”
“When playing, Snavely feels as emotionally naked as her feet. She overcame her anxiety by participating in open mics and accepting encouragement from friends.”
“A lot of people talk about chasing dreams, but LVNMUZIQ is living it. She tries to encourage others to do the same.”
“Urban folk is the operative phrase when it comes to describing the music of LVNMUZIQ. Liz Snavely (a.k.a. LVNMUZIQ) has a distinct vocal sound that can warm up the chilliest spring morning and her songs have a way of working their way under your skin and making themselves a part of your being.”
“GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A cross between Tracy Chapman and Grant Lee Phillips, urban-folk singer-songwriter Liz Snavely, aka LVNMUZIQ, creates compelling, sometimes-introspective, sometimes-fiery acoustic nuggets on her second full-length CD. A powerful talent!”
“Much of Snavely's music contains a subtext of internal struggle, of powerless people working through pain and showing their inner strength.”