Soulful Evie Irie signed to Downtown Music Publishing. The news follows the release of her debut EP, 5 Weeks in LA, as well as a video for its opening song, “Bitter.” As the EP’s title suggests, the project was conceived and recorded on a five-week trip to Los Angeles. Co-written by Casey Smith and co-produced by Zach Skelton of Patriot Games Publishing alongside songwriter and producer Andy Seltzer, “Bitter” has garnered over 1 million streams across all digital platforms since its release.
“From the moment I walked into the Downtown office in Los Angeles and played some of my demos and a couple of songs live on guitar, I knew that Dylan and the team believed in my artistry 110%, and I felt really connected to them both personally and professionally,” said Irie. “I’m super excited to now be a part of the amazing roster of writers and producers that Downtown represents, and I hope that this will be a long-lasting partnership that will help me develop even further as a songwriter.”
Growing up in Australia and the U.S., Irie began playing music at only 11 years old and writing songs soon after, setting her elder sister’s experiences to her own guitar melodies. “My sister would come home from school with all of these interesting stories,” Irie recalled. “I would say, ‘Oh tell me this story again,’ and I would get her to write it down. Then I would grab my guitar and put lyrics to it.”
With her family’s support, Irie moved back to the U.S. to develop her craft and career and perform her songs in Nashville where she gained the attention of many industry executives.
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