Eliza Thorp
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Eliza Thorp

Petoskey, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"The local musicians you must hear now"

The wintertime soundtrack: Eliza Thorp
Who is making the most beautiful music in northern Michigan? It might just be Eliza Thorp, who uses piano and voice — and the occasional accompaniment of violin, cello, or upright bass — to craft stunning, understated folk songs about “her hometown and the places she’s been.” Thorp’s songs seem to capture, especially, the delicate beauty of a northern Michigan wintertime, something she likely knows all too well, given her upbringing in Petoskey. She attended the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston but made her way back to Michigan in time to record her debut EP, a lovely six-song collection called Queen of the Sea, in Kalamazoo. The album came out earlier this year and is just about the ideal soundtrack for shortening days and dropping temperatures. Thorp is back in the North full-time now, regularly playing live sets at Petoskey’s Beards Brewery and other venues throughout the region. You can hear her Nov. 2 at a “Songwriters in the Round” night at Red Sky Stage, in Bay Harbor, or Nov. 3 at Beards. - Chris Manning

"Michigan Album Reviews: Lushh, La Dispute, Eliza Thorp, Leland Blue, The Real Ingredients"

Some albums require – or perhaps induce – a contemplative mood. Pianist and singer Eliza Thorp’s debut is just such a collection, unfolding subtly and brilliantly, with gorgeous, thought-provoking lyrics that reflect her northern Michigan upbringing in Petoskey. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Kalamazoo’s La Luna Recording, Thorp – a graduate of the Berklee College of Music – enhances her reflective music with the perfect accompanists: cello phenom Jordan Hamilton and upright bassist Max Lockwood, both of whom deliver melancholy accents that combined with Thorp’s poignant lyrics can bring a listener to tears. While many of Thorp’s musical stories embrace a bewitching, dreamlike quality, “Unravel These Days” boasts the sort of piano-propelled hook that will stick in your head for a long time. - John Sinkevics


Queen of the Sea-EP released April 04, 2019



Eliza Thorp is an up-and-coming Singer/Songwriter to the Northern Michigan area.  In her youth she grew up listening and dancing in the kitchen with her Mom to the likes of Carol King, Diana Krall and lots of Simon and Garfunkel. She credits her Grandmother, Peg, for instilling a deep love for the piano. Eliza often finds inspiration for her songs in her daily adventures outside with her dog, Mia. You can sometimes hear the sound of her favorite trails woven within her songs if you listen closely.

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