Local singer/songwriter/singer Juliet Lloyd writes new song with all proceeds benefiting Drama Lab School of Dramatic Arts
Who says people don’t give back during this pandemic? The local singer/songwriter/actress is doing just that with the release of “Ghost Light.” It’s a song written about the struggles theaters around the world are having as the pandemic continues.
All proceeds from the song will go to the area’s top arts institution known as The Theater Lab School of Dramatic Arts. The organization will celebrate 30 years of greatness this year.
Ms Lloyd is a 2018 graduate of the prestigious Theater Lab Acting Conservatory program and also starred in their production of If so in the role created by Idina Menzel.
His original music can be heard on all popular streaming platforms.
Scroll down to the official music video for “Ghost Light” and consider either purchasing the song or donating directly to The Theater Lab School of The Dramatic Arts.
Juliet Lloyd’s talents and heart are the kind of things that make things a little easier for everyone in the arts industry. I think you’ll agree that “Ghost Light” captures what our industry has endured, but as the song says “We’re still here!”
When during the pandemic did the idea for “Ghost Light” come to you?
That was a little over a year ago, so around the time everything was pretty much still completely shut down and had been for some time. I had seen friends sharing images of scenes with the ghost lights on and was so struck by the imagery and what it symbolizes.
How long did it take you between the initial idea and the recording of the final song?
The song practically wrote itself! I love when this happens. It took maybe a few hours to work on the piano, then I had to see it again a few days later to finish the second verse (which is still my nemesis when writing). I sat on the song for a long time and only played it a few times at concerts. I only ended up recording it in October of last year, after performing it at a neighborhood concert and asking a neighbor to tell me how much he liked the song. I thought – maybe there is something here? And then it took another few months to decide how to release it and, more importantly, that I also wanted to make a video for it. We filmed the video in January and February.
Why did you decide to donate all proceeds from the song to The Theater Lab School of The Dramatic Arts?
Theater Lab has played an important role in my development as a performer since I started taking classes there almost 10 years ago. I love everything about the organization and what they do – and I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to support them and the work they do to make transformational theater experiences accessible to everyone in our community. I think having gone nearly two years without theater or live music makes us all more aware of the importance of the arts (and experiencing them together) – so it’s even more important that we support organizations that make this possible.
What is your ultimate dream for this song?
First, it is a source of inspiration and hope for my fellow performers and creatives. Two – that it gets a million streams so I can make a substantial donation to the Theater Lab. And 3 – to perform this song on stage at the Tony Awards. (which would greatly contribute to the fulfillment of dreams #1 and #2!)