Exclusive: Lily Elise Premieres Spellbinding Alt-Pop Song 'Taken'

Adam C Bartlett
Lily Elise

If you're into any kind of edgy pop, R&B, or even EDM, we've got a feeling you're going to dig this one. The Voice season one alumnus Lily Elise has a killer new single called "Taken" that's a mesmerizing mix of a little of all three.



"Taken" is the title track from Elise's forthcoming debut EP, due late summer 2015. The singer reveals that it comes from a deeply personal space, between her love of music and love between people.

"'Taken' is the breakup song of the EP," Elise tells Billboard. "Growing up, my grandma always said to me, 'The space for what you want, is being taken by what you settled for.' What I've always wanted, with a deep sense of certainty, is to share my music and my voice with the world. Because of that I've always been extremely focused on music, which doesn't leave much room for love. It wedged a divide in the relationship, and we grew further apart as he realized he would never mean more to me than my music. Hopefully I find someone someday that does, but he wasn't that person. I wrote 'Taken' with Jenn Deciliveo as a piano ballad and Felix Snow brought the song to life with his production."

Snow (who's also worked with SZA, Gallant and Nicole Scherzinger) isn't the only key collaborator on Taken. She also works with Dan Nigro (Sky Ferreira, AlunaGeorge) and Mighty Mike (Kelly Clarkson, Dojo).

"Taken" joins previous offerings "Suitcases" and "Generator" as tracks for the upcoming EP.