Georgia VanNewkirk

Los Angeles native Sheva Elliot is bringing back the throwback. With music that brings out the classic sound we know from icons like Elton John and genres like blues-rock and gospel, Sheva’s style is new but wrapped in nostalgia. We sat down with Sheva ahead of the release of her single “Lost & Found” for an inside look at the song she calls a “love letter to being loved.”

Showstopper Magazine Online: Hi, Sheva! Tell us a bit about yourself and your music. 

Hi there! I’m an LA-born-and-based singer, songwriter & composer. My music is definitely a throwback. I’ve been working on my debut full-length album for over a year, and I’m very excited for it to drop this summer! It was recorded live, to tape, which feels extra special to me. 

SMO: How would you describe your sound? What inspires you?

I’d say my music is a love child of all of my influences. Some of my favorites include Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and Allman Brothers. It’s blues-rock and soul, with a sprinkle of gospel, southern twang, and psychedelia in there. 

SMO: You have called “Lost and Found” a “love letter to being loved.” Can you elaborate on that? 

Sure. It’s basically an open letter or a thank you note to those friends and mentors of mine who supported me through a tough time. I’ve written many a song about romantic love, but I think platonic love is just as, if not more, important. 

SMO: Your last release, “Somebody Else’s Man” had an Old Hollywood feel. How would you describe “Lost & Found”? 

Lost & Found is like a 1970s piano power ballad arena rock track. It’s a great driving song. 

SMO: This song was born out of difficult circumstances. What did it feel like to take those feelings and experiences and turn them into music?

It was a major relief to have the outlet. I’m always grateful to be able to turn my experiences into a moving piece of art. 

SMO: Do you have a favorite line in “Lost & Found”?

“We’re all just children, wanting a place to land. And baby I see you, so, take my hand.”

Matt Gaillet 

SMO: What do you hope listeners will take away from this song?

If they’re struggling, they don’t need to struggle alone. Asking for help is a brave & commendable act, and necessary to make it through this wild life. 

SMO: What are you most excited about with this release? 

I’m excited to get to show the “real me.” My two previous releases, “Clothes in the Kitchen” and “Somebody Else’s Man,” of course, came from a real part of my heart, but they were way more stylized, including the music videos. Lost & Found is a stripped-down, bell-bottoms in the woods kinda vibe. My happy place. 

Photo: Georgia VanNewkirk

SMO: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you or “Lost and Found”?

“Lost & Found” drops on May 19, and the music video comes out on May 26. You can give me a follow on Instagram, @sheva.elliot, for all the streaming links, photos, witticisms, and show announcements! 

“Lost & Found” is out May 19 and is available to pre-save now.

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.