We’re officially two weeks away from the beginning of 2021. With how this year has gone, all we can do is hope and pray for a “quiet year” ahead. Elizabeth Wyld is getting us off to a good start in this regard with her touching and thoughtful new single, “Letting You Go,” off of her debut record Quiet Year which is due in January.
Shot live in Studio G in Brooklyn, New York, Wyld leads her band through an impassioned performance of a special acoustic version of the song. “Letting You Go” is an accurate sampling of what you’ll find on Quiet Year, a group of tracks layered with beautiful harmonic vocals, a touching ambience, and an emotive sensuality. To assist her in getting the most out of these songs, Wyld worked with producers Zach Jones and Oscar Albis Rodriguez, best known for their work with the Grammy Award-winning duo A Great Big World.
As the title suggests, “Letting You Go” is somewhat of a sombre song that’s very personal to Wyld. As she explains, “I began writing ‘Letting You Go’ as a breakup song. Then my partner’s dad passed away and I finished it thinking of him. Now it’s about my own father who passed away in the spring. I hope the listener finds their own meaning in this song. We recorded this live in Studio G in Brooklyn in the middle of the pandemic. Live recordings are nerve-wracking and COVID-19 anxiety is real but I was mostly just elated to be making music with friends again.”
With roots in rural Northern Virginia, Wyld has been on something of an emotional rollercoaster over the last few years. At one time, she was climbing the ranks as a promising actress, regularly receiving callbacks for Broadway shows. She earned a role in a production of the musical Hair which toured through Europe, but little did she know that when she returned home to the United States, her life would fundamentally change. Shortly after the tour wrapped up, Wyld was diagnosed with unilateral vocal fold paralysis, a condition that left her unable to speak for months. Told she may never sing again, her career suddenly came crashing down and she found herself alone with no creative outlet, or ability to make a living. It ended up being six months before Wyld regained her voice after surgery helped restore it. It was during this time that she began writing lyrics, polished her guitar skills, and fully embraced her sexuality which she had been denying for years.
Wyld’s story is one of dedication and perseverance. It may not have been easy, but she is back doing what she loves and living as the most authentic version of herself.