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April 10, 2014

Singing like an 'American Idol'

Haverhill native from TV competition grows successful career


“The Elephant Song is about breaking up with my last boyfriend and all the things we never talked about in our relationship,” Bills said.

She said her song “Backlight” is about coming out of a bad relationship and realizing you can make it on your own.

Bills grew up on Primrose Street in Haverhill and attended Burnham School, Whittier Middle School and Haverhill High. She also attended Berklee College of Music.

She lives in Boston, where she teaches voice, piano, guitar, and song writing.

According to Berklee Media Relations manager Margot Edwards, Heavy Rotation Records is a class that gives Berklee music business/management students hands-on experience in running a record company. Under the guidance of faculty advisor Jeff Dorenfeld, former manager of the band Boston, the student staff oversees all the label’s functions, including marketing, sales, web development and media.

The label presents events and artists in the Boston area and at some of the music industry’s largest festivals, including Lollapalooza (Chicago, Chile, and Brazil), SXSW, and CMJ Music Marathon. HRR is partnering with Vans Vinyl on its next release.

Edwards said the selection process for Dorm Sessions 9 spanned the spring, summer and fall of 2013. Hundreds of submissions were reviewed. Then, the class voted on finalists, taking into account live performances, YouTube clips, and social media presence.

“It’s not a scientific process. The selections are based on a combination of what the students like and the artists entrepreneurial spirit,” Dorenfeld said. “They do try to mix it up and have a variety of genres.”

About Liz Bills

Age: 28

Grew up: On Primrose Street in Haverhill

Attended: Burnham School, Whittier Middle School and Haverhill High

Is lead singer: With the band Analog Heart

Is teacher: Gives lessons in voice, piano, guitar and song writing in Boston, where she lives

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