Next, she says, “I’m a fighter, but I’m trapped in a cage, screaming at myself every day that there has to be more here, there has to be.”
On Thursday, January 17th, around 3:00pm, I felt those words in the depths of my soul. I know there’s more than just the two or three steps I see right in front of me. I know life is more than the pain or entrapment we might feel some days. But sometimes, it’s so hard to believe that.
There has to be more. There is more. Life is more than the feelings of today or yesterday or tomorrow. Sometimes, it’s so hard for me to believe that.
In my times of greatest hardship and struggle, I will remind myself:
There Has To Be More.
— Molly Shanahan, Beyond The Surface
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Substream premiere

“There Has To Be More” comes from a very real experience. Spear explains ”I thought it was so ironic that I felt so alone in one of the busiest cities in the world. I feel like I was always told that you could chase whatever you dreamt when in LA, and that felt so wrong to me. I felt so trapped. And then I wrote the song, it just flowed out so seamlessly.”


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“During a gap year between high school and college, Eliza spent her time in her hometown of LA playing gigs around the city and writing music. It is during this time that she began really honing her craft and understanding herself as an artist, and developing her classic rock-pop-twangy sound. Inspired by great musicians such as Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac, her music speaks truths about coming of age, young love, and discovering who you are.”

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Limelight Records

“The Los Angeles native, Eliza Spear, has been singing her entire life. “It got to the point where I had singing hours,” Spear said. “I could only sing between three and four because my brother couldn’t deal with it,” – but not for lack of talent. Spear’s mesmerizing vocals and skills with the guitar and keyboard make her an enticing artist who has her own unique flare.”

Original Rock

“LA-raised, North-Carolina based singer/songwriter, Eliza Spear has released her newest single “There Has To Be More”. The song premiered yesterday exclusively via Substream Magazine who said: “Spear has a fantastic voice, full of power and energy, but still delicately navigating the emotional complexity of the track.”


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Vents magazine

“I was surrounded by music as a kid, specifically when my Grandma came to visit. She would play piano all night and I would sit next to her and sing. Looking out into an audience and seeing people sing along to your lyrics is absolutely magical. Everyone is singing along for their own reasons and their own story, but we all sing the same song.”

Los Angeles is so busy and I felt like everyone I met was chasing a dream, which got to be hard for my mental health. It’s so hard not to compare yourself to everyone around you, especially in the age of social media. I wrote the song with hopes of there being “more” outside of the feeling I felt so trapped in.


Gehen Press

“She released an accompanying music video for the single on February 6th. In the video, she is seen driving reluctantly through the streets, almost searching, and encounters a group of female ballet dancers performing on the concrete pavement. She eventually follows one, who leads her back to a room with a single piano. A simple but clever message— music at its core will get you back on track time and time again.“

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“It was a childhood dream until it turned into me being really persistent about it happening,” Spear said.

Spear’s music career has its roots in the theater, when she began participating in local productions with her brother when she was 6 years old. “He stopped, but I wanted to keep going,” she said.

Spear sang for roughly five years in the theater before she started writing music. “I wrote a song for my dog. I was like ‘I love you so much I want to write a song about you’ and then I just kept writing,” Spear said.